By Celeste Bott (January 14, 2022, 8:20 PM EST) — John Deere has monopolized the market for repair and maintenance services for its agricultural equipment, preventing independent shops and farmers from accessing vital tools and software needed to repair new generations of its mechanisms, according to a proposed class action lawsuit in federal court in Illinois.
By making these tools and software available only to Deere-affiliated dealers and withholding them from farmers and independent repair businesses, the Illinois-based manufacturing company has cornered the market to make additional profits from selling services. repair and maintenance, said lead plaintiff Forest River Farms, in the antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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