In its first decision under the Sherman Antitrust Act (1890), the Supreme Court found that the framers of the act had not intended for it to apply to the manufacturing process.
During the 1890’s, the American Sugar Company was a large monopoly controlling 98 percent of the refining industry. Responding to a public outcry, President Grover Cleveland’s administration filed suit against the monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act (1890). By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the law was not applicable because it had not been designed to prevent a monopoly in manufacturing. In the opinion for the majority, Justice Melville W. Fuller
In a strong dissent, Justice John Marshall Harlan
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