The Federal Trade Commission has granted the request of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) to set aside an old order against it. The FTC did so in keeping with its "sunsetting" policy, under which the Commission presumes the public interest requires setting aside orders more than 20 years old.
FEDA (formerly, the Food Service Equipment Industry, Inc.), based in Chicago, Illinois, petitioned the FTC in July to set aside the order as to the petitioner only. The FTC imposed the order on the Association and approximately 100 of its members and officers in 1941 after finding that they had attempted to monopolize the market for resale and distribution of foodservice equipment by, among other things, agreeing not to sell certain equipment through anyone other than "recognized" dealers, and agreeing not to sell equipment directly to buyers.
The petition was placed on the public record for 30 days, and no comments were received. The Commission voted 5-0 to set aside the order as to FEDA.
Copies of the Commission's order reopening and setting aside the 1941 order, as well as the petition and the original order, are available from the FTC's Public Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580: 202-326-2222; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest FTC news as it happens, call the FTC's NewsPhone at 202-326-2710. FTC news releases and other documents also are available on the Internet at the FTC's World Wide Web Site at http://www.ftc.gov
(FTC Docket No. D-4433)