Vendor Co. Fights Airport's 'Pepsi Only' Rule At 3rd Circ.

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (September 24, 2021, 7:44 PM EDT) -- An airport vendor company urged the Third Circuit on Friday to revive its antitrust challenge to the Philadelphia International Airport's rule limiting nonalcoholic beverage sales to Pepsi products, arguing it had sufficiently defined a "relevant" geographic market where competition was injured.

During an oral argument in Philadelphia, Host International Inc. attorney Thomas C. Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell PC told a three-judge panel that a Pennsylvania district court applied the wrong market determination standard in concluding that a rule imposed in a single airport doesn't harm competition for the company's nationwide business.

Host International is arguing that the "pouring rights" rule...

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