Groups File Complaint with FTC Over Right to Repair
Groups like the National Farmers Union and other right-to-repair advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against John Deere last week. The complaint is over the owner’s right to repair their own equipment. The complaint alleges that the tractor manufacturer makes its product difficult or impossible to repair unless taken to a Deere dealer, which the groups claim is a monopoly that violates Sherman antitrust laws.
“Deere usually outcompetes rivals to win farmers’ and ranchers’ business but has recently begun to leverage its monopoly power in the market to dominate the repair market for its equipment,” the complaint says. “The company has made it impossible for farmers to make important repairs themselves or go to an independent repair shop.”
According to Vice.com this is an issue impacting a lot of farmers as Deere makes more than 50% of tractor sales in the U.S. The complaint says farmers have no real choice about where to get repairs.
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