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A District of Columbia judge, last week, released the five dominant meat-packing concerns from their forced vow to divest themselves of and "forever disassociate" themselves from subsidiary lines of business. Had they not taken this vow in 1920, the then Attorney General, A. Mitchell Palmer, would probably have sued them for breach of the trust laws. Trust-busting having become so unfashionable (TIME, Feb. 23, BUSINESS), it seemed unlikely that Attorney General Sargent would execute his predecessor's threat.

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