Business: Everyman's Sherman Act

To the individual businessman who is the victim of a conspiracy by his competitors and suppliers the U.S. Supreme Court last week handed a potent antitrust club. Overruling two lower courts, it ordered a trial for a private businessman on the ground that the attempted elimination of even one merchant from the market tended to monopoly.

The suit was brought by Klor's, Inc., a small San Francisco appliance store, against its next-door competitor, the big Broadway-Hale (19 stores), and ten appliance makers and eight distributors. Klor's charged that the manufacturers and distributors had conspired to deny it merchandise, except at extremely unfavorable...

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