Antitrust: The IBM Questions

As it will for months and maybe years to come, the Justice Department's antitrust suit against International Business Machines Corp. last week continued to pose new questions for the courts, the computer industry and the nation's securities markets.

∙WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE COURTS? IBM, which has produced about two-thirds of the 43,000 computers in the U.S., is charged with violation of the Sherman Act's Section 2, a broad prohibition of "monopoly" that suggests that bigness alone is bad. The most direct precedent traces to 1945, when the U.S. directed the Aluminum Co. of America to split off properties. The...

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