John Deere is the leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment in the American and North American markets, with market shares of approximately 53 percent of large farm tractors in North America, and 60 percent of the combine segment. Recently, John Deere sent shock waves through the American farming community when it announced a new policy of locking farmers out of the John Deere software on their equipment, so that farmers cannot repair or maintain their own machines, as they have done for decades. This article briefly discusses how John Deere’s repair tie-in may violate antitrust and co

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