ITEMS OF INTEREST

In a civil antitrust suit filed at Portland, Ore., by Attorney–General McReynolds, the federal government seeks dissolution of the alleged telephone monopoly on the Pacific coast maintained by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company—the Bell interests. The attorney–general asks the federal court to compel the Bell companies to relinquish control of the Independent Telephone Company of Puget Sound, the Northwestern Long Distance Telephone Company, the Interstate Consolidated Telephone Company, and the Independent Long Distance Telephone Company. If necessary to accomplish the dissolution, the court is asked to appoint a receiver for the properties.

In the suit the attorney–general specifically requests the court to require the alleged telephone trust to dispose of the stocks, bonds, and physical properties of the independents "to persons not connected with the Bell Companies as stockholders or otherwise." He asks for the restoration, as far as practicable, of competitive conditions existing before the consolidation, and that Bell companies, their officers and agents, be enjoined from acquiring interest in or control of the companies relinquished.

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