U.S. v. Allied Van Lines, Inc., et al.
Topics: Allied Van Lines
Rebecca P. Dick
Department of Justice
February 5, 1998
[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 24 (Thursday, February 5, 1998)] [Notices] [Pages 5967-5968] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 98-2850] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division U.S. v. Allied Van Lines, Inc., et al. Notice is hereby given that defendant Allied Van Lines, Inc. (``Allied'') has filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois a motion to terminate the Judgment in United States v. Allied Van Lines, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 44-C- 30, entered by the Court on December 28, 1945 (``the Judgment''). In a Stipulation also filed with the Court, the Department of [[Page 5968]] Justice (``Department'') has tentatively consented to termination of the Judgment, but has reserved the right to withdraw consent pending receipt of public comments. On January 11, 1944, the Division sued Allied, National Furniture Warehouseman's Association (``NFWA''), and several hundred of their member carriers in the Northern District of Illinois, alleging violations of sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Sherman Act. Specifically, the complaint alleged that defendants had committed a number of anticompetitive practices with respect to the business of interstate common carriage of household goods by motor vehicle for hire: conspiracy to monopolize; attempt to monopolize; actual monopolization; price fixing; bid rigging; refusals to deal; exclusion of competitors from membership in Allied; and expulsion of members who did not follow Allied's rules. On December 28, 1945, NFWA, Allied, and 440 of their member agents consented to entry of a judgment against them. The Judgment, as subsequently modified, has two major provisions remaining in effect: forcing NFWA to divest any interest in Allied; and prohibiting interlocking directorates by enjoining NFWA from employing officers or directors of Allied. NFWA is now known as the National Moving and Storage Association (``NMSA''). NMSA now plans to merge with the American Movers Conference (``AMC''). Allied officers, directors, or employees traditionally served as officers or members of the board of AMC. After the merger, the new association formed by the merger will be the only major trade association for household moving companies. Allied wishes to continue to be represented on the board of the new association and therefore seeks termination of the judgment in this case. The Department and Allied have filed with the Court memoranda that set forth the reasons why they believe that termination of the consent judgment would serve the public interest. Copies of Allied's application to terminate, the Stipulation containing the Government's consent, the supporting memoranda, and all additional papers filed with the Court in connection with this motion will be available for inspection at the Antitrust Documents Group of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 215, North Liberty Place Building, 325 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004, and at the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Twentieth Floor, 209 South Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Copies of these materials may be obtained from the Antitrust Division upon request and payment of the duplicating fee determined by Department of Justice regulations. Interested persons may submit comments regarding the proposed termination of the Judgment to the Department. Such comments must be received by the Antitrust Division within sixty days and will be filed with the Court by the Department. Comments should be addressed to Andrew K. Rosa, Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 325 Seventh Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004, telephone (202) 307-0886. Rebecca P. Dick, Director of Civil Non-Merger Enforcement. [FR Doc. 98-2850 Filed 2-4-98; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-11-M
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