United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit
Antitrust — tying
It does not violate the antitrust laws for a concert venue to charge a fee for parking, regardless of whether the customer drives to the venue.
“There are times when consumers are required to accept a package deal in order to get the part of the package they want. An airline passenger with no luggage may prefer the cost of baggage to be decoupled from the cost of a seat, and a law student may prefer to pay lower tuition and avoid ‘free’ pizza days. But while some people may find these bundles annoying, or even unfair, the tie is not illegal unless the standards set forth in the governing antitrust cases have been met. (Batson did not allege that the offer of a parking place was fraudulent because all places were filled; we thus have nothing to say about that or any other variation on the facts before us.)”
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Feinerman, J., Wood, J.