Bedford Cut Stone Co. v. Stone Cutters' Assn.
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274 U.S. 37 (1927)
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U.S. Supreme Court
Bedford Cut Stone Co. v. Stone Cutters' Assn., 274 U.S. 37 (1927)
Bedford Cut Stone Company v. Journeymen
Stone Cutters' Association of North America
Argued January 18, 1927
Decided April 11, 1927
274 U.S. 37
1. A combination or conspiracy of union stone-cutters to restrain the interstate commerce of certain building stone producers by declaring their stone "unfair" and forbidding members of the union to work upon it in building construction in other states, for which it was extensively bought and used, and thereby coercing or inducing local employers to refrain from purchasing it, is a violation of the Anti-Trust Act. Pp. 274 U. S. 45, 274 U. S. 54.
2. The fact that the ultimate object was to unionize the cutters and carvers of stone at the quarries of the producers did not make the combination lawful. P. 274 U. S. 47.
3. A private suit to enjoin a combination violative of the Sherman Act will lie under § 16 of the Clayton Act where there is a dangerous probability of injury to the plaintiff, though no actual injury has been suffered. P. 274 U. S. 54.
9 F.2d 40 reversed.
Certiorari (273 U.S. 677) to a decree of the circuit court of appeals which affirmed the district court in dismissing a bill brought by owners of limestone quarries in Indiana to enjoin a combination alleged to violate the Anti-Trust Act. The defendants were a general union
of stone-cutters, and some of its constituent locals and their officers.