This paper addresses the following question: Would a court today reach the same decision that it did six decades ago in the case of United States v. Pullman Co. et al.? The 1943 monopoly case of the United States v. Pullman Co. et al. had significant implications for the Pullman Company and its subsidiaries, which were forced to undergo a court ordered breakup later in the decade. However, scholarly research and analysis of this case has been limited in the 60 years since the opinion was issued in 1943. Given the changes in the Department of Justice’s guidelines regarding interpretation of the antitrust acts raised in the original case, it would be interesting to revisit the case and see what decision a court would come to, if this case were brought before it today.
This presentation will progress as follows: an introduction to the company, an introduction to the original case and the opinion of the court, the guidelines that would be used to decide a case such as this today, relevant cases and questions pertaining to the antitrust statues and guidelines, primary documents and exhibits pulled from Pullman records, and the decision that a court would arguably come to today.
Mara Oda, ’10 Hilo, HI
Majors: Politics, Economics and Business
Sponsor: Santhi Hejeebu