SUMMARY OF ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT
FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
FOR MONDAY, MAY 4, 1992 THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1992
v. Southern Pride Catfish Co.. Inc.
Criminal No.: 92-247-1 (E.D. Pa.)
was filed in US District Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
charging Southern Pride Catfish Co., Inc. of Greensboro, Alabama,
with fixing the prices, in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman
Act, of certain catfish products beginning at least as early as
1987 and continuing until at least as late as March 1990.
of Justice Issues Business Review Letters
In a letter from James
F. Rill, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust
Division, to counsel for Affiliated Distributors (AD), the Department
advised AD that it does not intend to challenge AD's proposal
to implement a "national accounts" program on behalf of Ad's independent
distributor members. AD, a Pennsylvania corporation, serves approximately
170 independent distributors of electrical equipment, which operate
a total of about 510 branches throughout the country, most being
localized and serving only one or two states. Some large purchasers
of electrical equipment operate nationally and prefer to obtain
their requirements from one source. Ad's program will enable its
members to compete for those national accounts that they could
not otherwise serve.
The Department also advised
counsel for Automotive Service Association of Michigan, Inc. (ASA),
that it does not intend to challenge, under the antitrust laws,
ASA's proposal to establish a "supplier discount coupon program."
ASA, a non-profit corporation whose members are independent automotive
service and repair shops located throughout Michigan, would compile
a coupon book providing for price discounts on specific automobile
parts sold by various suppliers. ASA intends to implement the
program in the collision repair market and anticipates that the
supplier discount coupon program will make small independent collision
repair shops more competitive with larger competitors that receive
volume discounts directly from manufacturers.
Consents to Proposed Modifications to Three Major
Networks Consent Decrees
The Department of Justice,
Antitrust Division, filed a stipulation and memorandum in US District
Court for the Central District of California, which if approved
by the Court, would modify the consent judgments in US v. American
Broadcasting Companies. Inc., filed in 1978: US v. CBS.
Inc. and US v. National Broadcasting Company, Inc.,
both filed in 1980, by removing the current restrictions on their
ability to acquire financial interests and syndication rights
in the programs they obtain from independent producers. In its
papers, the Department indicted that the restrictions were no
longer necessary because no network exercises market power in
any relevant antitrust market and they may actually be anticompetitive
in effect since they may be prohibiting conduct which is procompetitive
or competitively neutral. The Department reserved the right to
withdraw its consent for at least ten days after the close of
the 60-day public comment period established by the Court.
Copies of legal filings are available from the Legal Procedure Unit,
Antitrust Division, Room 3233, Telephone No.: 514-2481.