They Plead Nolo Contendere at Chicago on Price-Fixing
Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES
CHICAGO, Jan. 22---Fourteen corporate and individual defendants in the glazing industry, accused of fixing prices of glass installed in and near Chicago, were fined a total of $31,003 today by Federal Judge Philip L. Sullivan. They had entered pleas of nolo contendere and placed themselves at the mercy of the court.
Fines of $4,000 were assessed against the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, the Hooker Glass & Paint Manufacturing Company, and the Tyler & Hippach Corporation. Three business agents for the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America, Glaziers Local No. 27---George Meyers, Max Glass, and Charles Pfeiffer---were fined the maximum of $5,000 each.
The local itself and the glass contractors' association were fined $1 each.
Other fines follow: Hamilton Glass Company, $1,000; Michael Shapiro, president of the Hamilton Glass Company, $1,000; Industrial Glass & Paint Company, $500; National Glass Corporation, $500; Torstenson Glass Company, $1,000, and Elmer Torstenson, president of the Torstenson company, $1.
The indictment charged that the companies, with others in the contractors' association, agreed to use a common price schedule. The union "policed" the agreement, the indictment charged, by refusing to supply union labor to any contractor violating the price agreement.