Common Application Escapes Admissions Antitrust Suit

CollegeNet Inc. failed to prove that Common Application Inc. is violating the Sherman Act by monopolizing the standardized college application process, an Oregon federal judge ruled Friday.

While Common Application may have entered into agreements with competitors, CollegeNet did not demonstrate that the deals created “unreasonable restraints” on trade, a factor that the Sherman Act demands, U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez ruled.

The deals allowed applicants to be considered for admission at more colleges at a comparably lower overall cost than if they applied individually,...

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