Open Markets Exposes Monopolization of Repair Markets in Comment to FTC
September 16, 2019
Washington, DC — The Open Markets Institute filed a comment to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) exposing how manufacturers - of everything from cellphones to tractors – monopolize markets for parts and service, shutting out independent technicians, driving up repair costs, and sending more goods to landfills.
The comment points to Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Tech. Servs., Inc; a landmark case decided in 1992, which opened up the possibility for plaintiffs to sue corporations that monopolize the market for spare parts, accessories, and components for their products. Given the Kodak decision, we call on the FTC to restore the public’s right to repair.
“Corporations are using dirty tricks to control and restrict repair in virtually every industry, from consumer electronics and appliances, to agriculture, even the military,” said Claire Kelloway, Open Markets Food and Power reporter. “Repair monopolies are driving independent shops out of business and gouging consumers. We’re also sending millions of dollars worth of goods to landfills every year because repair is overpriced, inaccessible, or simply made impossible. The FTC has the authority to break up these repair monopolies, and we hope they step in to do what’s right for consumers, small businesses, and the planet.”
Read the full letter here.
Press Contact: Stella Roque at Open Markets Institute, [email protected]