Case Study: SPX V. Master Cool

Law360, New York (September 7, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT) -- Plaintiff SPX Corporation brought a patent infringement action against Master Cool U.S.A. Master Cool answered and counterclaimed. In its counterclaim, it alleged that SPX had violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act by its utilization of short-term exclusive dealing incentive contracts with distributors, which allegedly foreclosed competitive opportunities to Master Cool, SPX's direct competitor.

Both SPX and Master Cool sell automotive refrigerant recycling and recovery ("ARRR") machines through distributors. The distributors market the ARRR machines and related services to consumers through catalogs. Through a series of...
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