Bubbly Bottling Company is engaged in the soft-drink bottling and distribution industry in the states of New York and New Jersey. The firm currently has about 40 percent of the market for these products and related services. Carbonate Distribution Corporation competes with Bubbly in the same states. Carbonate has about 35 percent of the market. If Bubbly were to acquire the stock and assets of Carbonate, would Bubbly be in violation of any of the antitrust laws? If so, which one? Discuss fully. Who would have any claims against the bottling companies? What are the benefits and detriments of the deal for the consumer?

Bubbly Bottling Company is engaged in the soft-drink bottling and distribution industry in the states of New York and New Jersey. The firm currently has about 40 percent of the market for these products and related services. Carbonate Distribution Corporation competes with Bubbly in the same states. Carbonate has about 35 percent of the market. If Bubbly were to acquire the stock and assets of Carbonate, would Bubbly be in violation of any of the antitrust laws? If so, which

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