Info-Sharing Lessons From FTC Pipe Fitting Case

Law360, New York (April 23, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT) -- Recent consent orders in a U.S. Federal Trade Commission “signaling” case reflect the antitrust risks of competitor information exchanges, even through trade associations, especially in concentrated industries.

The FTC has brought an FTC administrative action alleging price fixing and other anti-competitive behavior involving three of the largest U.S. suppliers of ductile iron pipe fittings (DIPF), which are used in municipal water systems. It now has published for public comment a proposed consent order with Star Pipe Products Ltd., to resolve the FTC claims that Star violated...
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