Alcoa Comes into Court

February 1941
New Republic;2/10/41, Vol. 104 Issue 6, p167
Focuses on a case against the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) and five other firms for violating the Sherman law in regard to the production and sale of magnesium. Charges raised by the U.S. government against Alcoa for conspiring with the I.G. Farbenindustrie (IGF), the German dye trust, the Dow Chemical Company and three other firms wholly or partly owned or controlled by Alcoa and IGF; Fact that because of these monopolistic practices, Germany has been given a four-to-one advantage over the United States in magnesium; Information that these six corporations have controlled all the basic patents on the production and fabrication of magnesium; Discussion of the trial of the magnesium case that will be watched by the public with keen interest for the light it will throw on what happens when patriotism and profits come into conflict.


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