Hose Manufacturers Sue Underwriters

Issue 17 and Volume 51.

Hose Manufacturers Sue Underwriters The National Board of Fire Underwriters has been sued on a charge that it is an organization in restraint of trade and is conducting a monopoly in behalf of two manufacturers of fire hose. The plaintiff is the Gutta Percha & Rubber Manufacturing Company, which seeks an injunction against the underwriters, alleging that the organization is operating in restrain of trade by demanding that a label be put on every length of hose at a cost of 25 cents a label. The complaint states that the Gutta Percha & Rubber Manufacturing Company was organized in 1865, and has since been manufacturing two brands of rubber and rubber cotton-lined fire hose. The plaintiff has sold 8,000,000 feet of this hose and alleges that in 1908 W. E. Mallileu, general agent of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, reported to the committee on fire prevention in New York…

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