Business: Doubleday v. Macy

Last month Publisher Nelson Doubleday and Lawyer Morris Leopold Ernst took a quick trip to Europe & back. Last week Doubleday, Doran & Co., publishers, along with Doubleday, Doran Bookshops, Inc., retail booksellers, sued R. H. Macy & Co. for price-cutting on Doubleday books. Whether or not publisher and lawyer had gone abroad to plan their campaign in the privacy of the high seas, their action involved the validity of the Feld-Crawford Fair Trade Act, affected Listerine, Lysol, Jello, Postum, many another nonliterary product.

The Feld-Crawford Act, passed by the New York Legislature last spring,...

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