Wow... second paragraph of that link I just dropped above reads:
"For example, in a case from the 1950's, the only newspaper in a town refused to carry advertisements from companies that were also running ads on a local radio station. The newspaper monitored the radio ads and terminated its ad contracts with any business that ran ads on the radio. The Supreme Court found that the newspaper's refusal to deal with businesses using the radio station strengthened its dominant position in the local advertising market and threatened to eliminate the radio station as a competitor."
This does not sound like my predicament per say... but it is an apples to apples comparison of what Google admittedly does today to my clients.
"Buy from rollinj (buy backlinks, basically)? You're banned from our search engine."