United States v. E. C. Knight Co.

The United States Congress enacted the Sherman Antitrust Act. One thing that affected the economy was all trade combination or agreements that severely restricted trade between states or with foreign powers. The second outlawed any attempts to control the trade within the United States. When the American Sugar Refining Company took over the E. C. Knight Company and other companies, President Cleveland told the government to sue them based on the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The decision was that anything that happens to or against manufacture monopolies will have to be taken by each states. The American Sugar had monopolized manufacturing, the Court found no violation of the Sherman Act because it involved intrastate commerce. Court’s decision increased the levels of economic concentration in the United States.

Link to Document: http://http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=old&doc=51

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