GOVERNMENT: Double Jeopardy

Can the Government force a U.S. company to compete in foreign markets? Answered the U.S. Supreme Court last week: it can indeed. By a 4-to-4 tie vote (Justice Harlan disqualified himself from the case), the court let stand a lower-court ruling that Holophane Co., maker of prismatic glassware, must not only scrap all agreements with foreign companies to split up world markets but actively push its products overseas regardless of foreign laws or its own economic best interest. Snapped Justice Hugo Black, incredulously, during the hearing: "Is what you are saying this:...

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