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UNITED STATES v. CHAS. PFIZER & CO.

September 7, 1965

United States, Plaintiff
v.
Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., Defendant


Mishler, District Judge.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: MISHLER

MISHLER, District Judge.

The Court signed and filed its Opinion and Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law on May 5, 1965, 246 F. Supp. 464 (E.D.N.Y. 1965); the Clerk entered judgment thereon dismissing the complaint on May 6, 1965.

 The Government moves to amend the Findings and Conclusions and the Judgment, and for additional Findings and Conclusions pursuant to Rules 52(b) and 59(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Defendant makes a "protective" motion to amend the Findings.

 The Court alluded to the relevant markets chosen by the Government in its charge of monopolization and attempted monopolization in its Findings of Fact (Finding 16) and, further, found that the Government failed to prove the portion of the relevant market occupied by the defendant (Finding 31). The Court held this failure fatal and dismissed the claim of monopolization and attempted monopolization under § 2 of the Sherman Act.

 The Court found that the Government's claim was that defendant monopolized or attempted to monopolize two relevant markets (a) acidulants in foods and beverages, and (b) acids in effervescent alkalizing preparations.

 The Government now argues that proof of relevant market is not essential to a claim of attempted monopolization citing Lessig v. Tidewater Oil Co., 1964, 9th Cir., 327 F.2d 459, 474; that it need only prove: (a) an attempt to monopolize the manufacture and sale of citric acid - "any part of trade or commerce", and (b) a specific intent to monopolize that part of trade or commerce. But see American Football League v. National Football League, 1962, (U.S.D.C. Maryland), 205 F. Supp. 60 aff'd 1963, 4th Cir., 323 F.2d 124; *fn1" United States v. Johns-Manville Corp., 1964 (E.D. Pa.), 231 F. Supp. 690, 699.

 Support for the Government's position is found in a paper by Donald F. Turner, entitled "Anti Trust Policy and the Cellophane Case" Hoffman's Anti Trust Law and Techniques, Vol. 2 (1963) p. 139, reprinted in 70 Harvard Law Review 281, 294. *fn2"

 No case has been cited in this circuit for approval of the principle stated in Lessig. In United States v. Consolidated Laundries Corp., 1961, 2d Cir., 291 F.2d 563, 573, the Court cited the Yellow Cab case and the Turner paper. There, the Court considered a criminal charge of conspiracy to monopolize the sale of taxicabs under § 2 of the Sherman Act. The Court, in distinguishing a charge of conspiracy to monopolize from a charge of monopolization, stated at p. 573:

 
" . . . Section 2 makes it unlawful 'to conspire to monopolize 'any part' of interstate commerce, without specifying how large a part must be affected. Hence it is enough if some appreciable part of interstate commerce is the subject' of the conspiracy. United States v. Yellow Cab Co., 332 U.S. 218, 225-226, 67 S. Ct. 1560, 1564, 91 L. Ed. 2010."

 Conceptually, attempted monopolization and conspiracy to monopolize are different, and the elements of the claim are different. In Continental Ore Co. v. Union Carbide & Carbon Corp., 1962, 370 U.S. 690, 709, 82 S. Ct. 1404, 1415-1416, 8 L. Ed. 2d 777, the Court, referring to the trial court's charge in a treble damage claim, stated:

 
" . . . The court also related its definition of 'attempt to monopolize ' to action taken by a combination or conspiracy . . .
 
" . . . The trial court's misinterpretation of the law in defining 'monopolization' and 'attempted monopolization' in terms of 'conspiracy to monopolize' was therefore prejudicial rather than harmless."

 The gravamen of conspiracy is an agreement to commit an illegal act; the gravamen of attempt is the specific intent to commit an illegal act, but falling short of completion.

 The acts of attempted monopolization condemned by § 2 of the Sherman Act are those performed with the specific intent to unlawfully monopolize, but falling short of the goal. American Tobacco Co. v. United States, 1946, 328 U.S. 781, 785, 66 S. Ct. 1125, 1127, 90 L. Ed. 1575. In United States v. ...


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