GOVERNMENT: The Wayward Buses

The long-trumpeted Justice Department suit accusing General Motors of illegally monopolizing the manufacture and sale of buses (TIME, March 19) was finally announced last week with a touch of TV hoopla (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). The 13-page complaint filed in Detroit's Federal District Court charged that G.M.'s bus division (annual sales: $55 million) conspired with four major bus operators to corner 84% (2,724 units) of the bus market last year. Its largest competitor, the Flxible Co., sold only 215.

G.M., according to the Justice Department, exercised illegal control by 1) putting a G.M. officer in as board chairman of a...

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