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Petitioner defended on the ground, inter alia, that under the Rule of Reason the canon was justified because it was adopted by members of a learned profession for the purpose of minimizing the risk that competition would produce inferior engineering work endangering the public safety.
Lee Loevinger, Washington, D. The question is whether the canon may be justified under the Sherman Act, 26 Stat. The District Court rejected this justification without making any findings on the likelihood that competition would produce the dire consequences foreseen by the association.
Because we are satisfied that the asserted defense rests on a fundamental misunderstanding of the Rule of Reason frequently applied in antitrust litigation, we affirm. There are overgraduate engineers in the United States, of whom aboutare registered as professional engineers.
Registration requirements vary from State to State, but usually require the applicant to be a graduate engineer with at least four years of practical experience and to pass a written examination.
About half of those who are registered engage in consulting engineering on a fee basis. The National Society of Professional Engineers Society was organized in to deal with the nontechnical aspects of engineering practice, including the promotion of the professional, social, and economic interests of its members.
Its present membership of 69, resides throughout the United States and in some foreign countries. Approximately 12, members are consulting engineers who offer their services to governmental, industrial, and private clients.
Some Society members are principals or chief executive officers of some of the largest engineering firms in the country. The charges of a consulting engineer may be computed in different ways.
He may charge the client a percentage of the cost of he project, may set his fee at his actual cost plus overhead plus a reasonable profit, may charge fixed rates per hour for different types of work, may perform an assignment for a specific sum, or he may combine one or more of these approaches.
Suggested fee schedules for particular types of services in certain areas have been promulgated from time to time by various local societies. This case does not, however, involve any claim that the National Society has tried to fix specific fees, or even a specific method of calculating fees. It involves a charge that the members of the Society have unlawfully agreed to refuse to negotiate or even to discuss the question of fees until after a prospective client has selected the engineer for a particular project.
Under the traditional method, the client initially selects an engineer on the basis of background and reputation, not price. The complaint prayed for an injunction terminating the unlawful agreement. In its answer the Society admitted the essential facts alleged by the Government and pleaded a series of affirmative defenses, only one of which remains in issue.
In that defense, the Society averred that the standard set out in the Code of Ethics was reasonable because competition among professional engineers was contrary to the public interest. It was averred that it would be cheaper and easier for an engineer "to design and specify inefficient and unnecessarily expensive structures and methods of construction.
Moreover, the practice of awarding engineering contracts to the lowest bidder, regardless of quality, would be dangerous to the public health, safety, and welfare. For these reasons, the Society claimed that its Code of Ethics was not an "unreasonable restraint of interstate trade or commerce.
The District Court did not, however, make any finding on the question whether, or to what extent, competition had led to inferior engineering work which, in turn, had adversely affected the public health, safety, or welfare. Although it modified the injunction entered by the District Court, 8 the Court of Appeals affirmed its conclusion that the agreement was unlawful on its face and therefore "illegal without regard to claimed or possible benefits.
II In Goldfarb v. Virginia State Bar, U. In that opinion the Court noted that certain practices by members of a learned profession might survive scrutiny under the Rule of Reason even though they would be viewed as a violation of the Sherman Act in another context.
It would be unrealistic to view the practice of professions as interchangeable with other business activities, and automatically to apply to the professions antitrust concepts which originated in other areas.
The public service aspect, and other features of the professions, may require that a particular practice, which could properly be viewed as a violation of the Sherman Act in another context, be treated differently. We intimate no view on any other situation than the one with which we are confronted today.
United States, U. To evaluate this argument it is necessary to identify the contours of the Rule of Reason and to discuss its application to the kind of justification asserted by petitioner.
The Rule of Reason. The statute says that "every" contract that restrains trade is unlawful. Congress, however, did not intend the text of the Sherman Act to delineate the full meaning of the statute or its application in concrete situations. It has been used to give the Act both flexibility and definition, and its central principle of antitrust analysis has remained constant.
Contrary to its name, the Rule does not open the field of antitrust inquiry to any argument in favor of a challenged restraint that may fall within the realm of reason.
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