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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Ductile Pipe Distributor to Stop Inviting Competitor to Collude on Pricing

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Fortiline, LLC, a company that distributes ductile iron pipe, fittings and accessories throughout much of the United States, illegally invited a competitor to collude on prices.

Under the FTC order, Fortiline is barred from entering into, attempting to enter into, or inviting any agreement with any competitor to raise or fix prices, divide markets, or allocate customers.

The Commission vote approving the final order was 2-1, with Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen voting no. (FTC File No 151 0000; the staff contact is Mark Taylor, Bureau of Competition, 202-326- 2287)

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