The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a judgment against Amarillo-based AQHA in which the District Court determined that AQHA violated antitrust laws by declaring cloned horses ineligible for AQHA breed registration. Rendering judgment for AQHA, the Fifth Circuit held that the Plaintiffs’ antitrust claims against AQHA failed as a matter of law. Specifically, the Plaintiffs’ claim for violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act failed because the Plaintiffs did not prove that AQHA engaged in a conspiracy to restrain trade. Additionally, the Plaintiffs’ claim for illegal monopolization under Section 2 of the Sherman Act failed because “AQHA is not a competitor in the allegedly relevant market for elite quarter horses.”
The Kelly Hart team included David Keltner, Marianne Auld, Mary Smith, and Stacy Blanchette.