RESPONDENT: United States
DOCKET NO.: 398
DECIDED BY: White Court (1911)
ARGUED: Mar 14, 1910 / Mar 15, 1910 / Mar 16, 1910 / Jan 12, 1911 / Jan 13, 1911 / Jan 16, 1911 / Jan 17, 1911
DECIDED: May 15, 1911
Facts of the case
John D. Rockefeller owned the largest and richest trust in America. He controlled the nation's oil business and scorned congressional efforts to outlaw combinations in restraint of trade (i.e., antitrust). In 1909, a federal court found Rockefeller's company, Standard Oil, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The court ordered the dissolution of the company.
Did Standard Oil violate the Sherman Act?