RESPONDENT: United States
DOCKET NO.: 103
DECIDED BY: Fuller Court (1903-1906)
ARGUED: Jan 06, 1905 / Jan 09, 1905
DECIDED: Jan 30, 1905
Facts of the case
A "meat trust" developed in Chicago, in which major dealers of meat agreed not to bid against one another in order to control prices. The trust also pressured the railroads into charging them lower-than-normal rates. The U.S. government attacked the trust as an unlawful economic monopoly.
Did Congress have the authority to regulate the meat trust under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act?