GOVERNMENT: Case Dismissed

Into a hushed and crowded Chicago courtroom one morning last week strode white-haired Federal Judge Walter J. La Buy. For almost a year, he had been studying the 2,500 exhibits and 2,500,000 words of testimony and argument in the biggest antitrust case in history: the Government's suit to force the Du Pont company to sell its holdings in General Motors and the members of the Du Pont family to sell their stock in U.S. Rubber (TIME, July 11, 1949)

Reading from his 220-page opinion, Judge La Buy lost no time in bringing the long-drawn-out proceedings to an end. Ruled he:...

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