Supreme Court Review 2016/2017 TERM
SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
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Issue:  Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. ยง 1

Visa, Inc. v. Stoumbos

15-962

QUESTION(S) PRESENTED

Whether  allegations  that  members  of  a  business association  agreed  to  adhere  to  the  association’s  rules and   possess   governance   rights   in   the   association, without  more,  are  sufficient  to  plead  the  element  of conspiracy in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15  U.S.C.  §  1,  as  the  Court  of  Appeals  held  below,  or are  insufficient,  as  the  Third,  Fourth,  and  Ninth  Circuits have held.

IMPROVIDENTLY GRANTED

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

These cases were granted to resolve “[w]hether allegations that members of a business association agreed to adhere to the association’s rules and possess governance rights in the association, without more, are sufficient to plead the element of conspiracy in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act . . . .” Pet. for Cert. in No. 15-961, p. i, and No. 15-962, p. i. After “[h]aving persuaded us to grant certiorari” on this issue, however, petitioners “chose to rely on a different argument” in their merits briefing. City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan, 575 U. S. __, __ (2015) (slip op., at 7). The Court, therefore, orders that the writs in these cases be dismissed as improvidently granted.

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DECISION

Decided November 17, 2016 Text of Opinion
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PROCEEDING BELOW

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Decided August 4, 2015
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