Business: Victory for the Packers

Among the antitrust suits left over by the Truman Administration was one filed in 1948 against the meat industry's big four—Armour, Swift, Wilson and Cudahy. Charging them with monopolistic practices dating back to 1893, the Justice Department wanted to break the companies up into 14 separate firms. But when a Federal District judge banned any evidence before 1930, the meat was gone from the meatpacker case, and the Democrats left it in a sort of legal limbo for the Republicans.

Last week Attorney General Herbert Brownell dismissed the six-year-old suit. After months of looking...

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