The Press: Publishers v. Trustbusters

Up before the members of the American Newspaper Publishers Association meeting in Manhattan last week stepped Elisha Hanson, the A.N.P.A.'s general counsel. "I have the unpleasant duty to inform you," he said, "that the Department of Justice is about to initiate an antitrust action against the A.N.P.A., charging it with having conspired not only with other trade-association groups but with its own members . . . unreasonably to restrain trade in advertising."

Hanson explained that the Justice Department's complaint was not only against the A.N.P.A. but against advertising practices in the U.S. newspaper-and magazine-publishing industry as carried on by their trade associations....

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