Business: Rigging the Bids?

Ever since the TVA complained last spring about identical bids for electric-power-generating equipment, the Justice Department has been investigating the pricing policies of the nation's major electric-equipment manufacturers. Last week, in a series of criminal antitrust indictments, a federal grand jury in Philadelphia charged that General Electric Co., Westinghouse Electric Corp., Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co., I-T-E Circuit Breaker Co. and Federal Pacific Electric Co. conspired to submit "noncompetitive, collusive and rigged bids" on private and government business valued at $209 million a year. The grand jury also indicted G.E., Westinghouse, I-T-E Circuit Breaker...

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