GOVERNMENT: Du Fonts on Trial

In Chicago last week, after 3½ years of legal skirmishing, the Government's antitrust suit against the Du Ponts was finally under way. In his opening statement, U.S. Attorney Willis L. Hotchkiss outlined the charge: 117 members of the Du Pont family—59 of them minors aged four to 20—had conspired to restrain trade through a $5 billion empire composed of the Du Pont chemical company, General Motors and U.S. Rubber. Hotchkiss wanted the court to force the Du Fonts to sell their chemical company's 23% common-stock interest in G.M. (now worth $1.3 billion) and the 18% interest in U.S....

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