Ex-Pipe Fitting Co. Manager Denies Collusion With Rivals

Law360, Washington (September 25, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT) -- A former Star Pipe Products Ltd. sales manager told the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday that he had not conspired with rivals to raise prices for ductile iron pipe fittings, claiming Star had responded to competitors' continual discounts and customer pressure for higher prices with standard business practices.

While the FTC has alleged that Star, McWane Inc. and Sigma Corp. engaged in a price-fixing scheme for imported ductile iron fittings by raising their prices in January 2008 and again in June 2008, Star's former national sales...
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