GOVERNMENT: First Indictment

Attorney General Herbert Brownell last week announced the new Administration's first antitrust case. He got an indictment against the Gulf Coast Shrimpers' & Oystermen's Association, an organization of some 5,000 independent fishermen who last year caught $15 million worth of shrimp (and some oysters) in the Mississippi Sound for sale to packers at Biloxi, Pascagoula and Pass Christian, Miss. The Government charged that the association and its officers used "coercive practices" to fix prices, and "force and violence" to cut off supplies of shrimp to dealers who did not meet its terms. By these methods, said the trustbusters, shrimp...

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