Ninth Circuit Finds That New Home Buyer Plaintiffs Fail To Satisfy Per Se Tying Element That Amount Of Commerce Not Be "Insubstantial"


"Zero Foreclosure" Is Less Than "Di Minimus."

Buyers of newly constructed homes in the Boise, Idaho, area filed a federal antitrust class action, alleging that realtors representing owners of undeveloped property tied the sale of the undeveloped lots to realtors’ services and commissions that included the new homes constructed on the lots by contractors, as well at the value of the lot. Plaintiffs claimed that the practice was a per se unlawful tying arrangement under Section 1 of The Sherman Act.

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