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UNITED STATES v. COLGATE & COMPANY.

250 U.S. 300

ERROR TO THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA.

No. 828. Argued March 10, 1919 -- Decided June 2, 1919

On a writ of error under the Criminal Appeals Act, this court must confine itself to the question of the construction of the statute involved in the decision of the District Court, accepting that court's interpretation of the indictment. P. 301.

In the absence of any intent to create or maintain a monopoly, the Sherman Act does not prevent a manufacturer engaged in a private business from announcing in advance the prices at which his goods may be resold and refusing to deal with wholesalers and retailers who do not conform to such prices. P. 307.

As the court interprets the District Court's opinion, the indictment in this case was interpreted as not charging the defendant with selling to dealers under agreements obligating them not to resell at prices other than those fixed by defendant. P. 306. Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. Park & Sons Co., 220 U.S. 373, distinguished.

253 Fed. Rep. 522, affirmed.

Mr. Justice McReynolds delivered the opinion of the court.


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