Scalia Helped Bolster Protections For Antitrust Defendants

By Jeff Zalesin (February 17, 2016, 9:53 PM EST) -- Justice Antonin Scalia left a conservative legacy in antitrust law, exemplified by a 2004 majority opinion that limited antitrust plaintiffs' ability to hold a company with monopoly power liable for failing to cooperate with rivals, experts say.

Justice Scalia, who died Saturday at age 79, left a significant trail of competition-related precedents — often, though not always, favoring antitrust defendants — over nearly three decades on the U.S. Supreme Court. His most important contribution to the field was likely his opinion in Verizon Communications Inc. v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko LLP, which held that Verizon's alleged discrimination against competing...

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