Trade Practice Submittals: July 6, 1925

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1925 - Commercial products - 64 pages
The increasing interest in trade practice submittals makes necessary the publication of a more complete account of their operation, and this affords an opportunity for a more complete explanation of this form of procedure than has yet appeared. Early in its history the commission was called upon to deal with situations where complaints from many parts of the country came to it in regard to alleged unfair practices in an industry by one competitor against another. The commission sought to devise some plan by which it could assist such an industry in eliminating alleged unfair practices before the commission had made an investigation and had reason to believe that complaint should issue. It frequently appeared that the major portion of those engaged in an industry wherein the use of some questionable trade practice prevailed were the victims rather than the originators of such practices, which they were obliged to follow or be placed at a serious competitive disadvantage. It further appeared that in many instances business men were unable to divorce themselves from such unfair practices, though anxious to do so, without outside assistance.
 

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Page 21 - ... unlawful for any person engaged in commerce, in the course of such commerce, either directly or indirectly, to discriminate in price between different purchasers of commodities of like grade and quality...
Page 21 - Provided, That nothing herein contained shall prevent discrimination in price between purchasers of commodities on account of differences in the grade, quality, or quantity of the commodity sold, or that makes only due allowance for difference in the cost of selling or transportation, or discrimination in price in the same or different communities made in good faith to meet competition...
Page 10 - Unfair methods of competition in commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce, are hereby declared unlawful. The Commission is hereby empowered and directed to prevent persons, partnerships, or corporations, except banks, common carriers subject to the Acts to regulate commerce, air carriers and foreign air carriers subject to the...
Page 21 - States, where the effect of such discrimination may be to substantially lessen competition or tend to create a monopoly in any line of commerce...
Page 30 - Illinois, party of the second part, witnesseth: 1. That the party of the first part...
Page 21 - SEC. 2. That it shall be unlawful for any person engaged in commerce in the course of such commerce either directly or indirectly to discriminate in price between different purchasers of commodities, which commodities are sold for use, consumption, or resale within the United States or any Territory thereof, or the District of Columbia, or...
Page 7 - It was understood that the judgment of the industry, as expressed, should be for the guidance of the Commission and should be regarded as prima facie law merchant for this industry.
Page 33 - This agreement shall terminate forthwith upon the sale or other disposition of said premises by party of the second part, and in any event upon the expiration of months from the date hereof; and in the event that by mutual...
Page 16 - The Commission does not attempt to force the members of the industry to brand or mark their goods as to quantity, quality, or substance. When, however, the members of the industry do mark or brand their goods, such marks or brands shall be so definite and correct as not to deceive the purchasing public with respect to the quantity, quality, or substance of the goods purchased.
Page 9 - Until testimony to the contrary is produced, however, the commission will regard as conclusive the judgment of the trade in declaring such practices to be in fact unfair." Id. at 9. Ultimately, however, the Commission apparently determined that it did not have the power to declare such expressions of the industry as even "prima facie law merchant...

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