ANTITRUST: Trial by Congress?

Child rearing and glacial activity aside, hardly anything moves slower than a major antitrust case against a big U.S. corporation. The Government filed suit to break up American Telephone & Telegraph in 1974; last fall the federal courts finally decided that they had jurisdiction to hear the case—so the Government and company served each other with demands for millions of documents to be examined before trial. The Federal Trade Commission's suit against eight major oil companies is flowing about as speedily as heavy motor oil; it was filed four years ago, but lawyers do not expect trial to begin...

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