Indictments: A Bathroom Conspiracy?

U.S. Justice Department lawyers last week brought charges of a major price-fixing conspiracy in the nation's plumbing-fixture industry. Fifteen manufacturers, including the American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corp., the Crane Co. of Manhattan, and the Kohler Co. of Kohler, Wis., plus the industry's Washington-based trade association and eight high-ranking company officers, were accused of collusion in criminal violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The charges involved sales and prices of most sinks, toilets, tubs and other bathroom equipment sold, primarily for home use, from the fall of 1960 through early this year.

Filed in Pittsburgh's federal district court, the Justice...

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