The Hemisphere: On with the Trial

U.S. Trustbuster Stanley N. Barnes prefers to win his victories over business monopolies by the polite method of the consent decree.* But in the 20 months since he filed an antitrust suit against the $390 million United Fruit Co., Assistant Attorney General Barnes has been unable to negotiate any settlement with the company.

Testifying last week at a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business, which (like Barnes) is chiefly interested in the plight of U.S. banana jobbers who depend on United Fruit for their supplies, the trustbuster reported that the company:

ΒΆ Owns or controls 85% of the land in the...

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