LABOR: Interesting Question of Law

Tough little James Caesar Petrillo, boss of the A.F. of L. Musicians Union, who has won most of his battles with the methods of a dictator, triumphed again last week—in the polite precincts of a courtroom and with the blessings of law.

In Chicago, Federal Judge John P. Barnes dismissed the Government's suit charging that Dictator Petrillo had violated the Sherman Antitrust Act when he forbade his 138,000 union members from playing for recordings, except those made "for home use only."

After Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold, chief U.S. trust buster, had argued...

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