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October 14, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(7):555. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070043017

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Oregon Physicians Not Guilty of Restraint of Trade  Under date of Sept. 28, 1950, Honorable Claude McColloch, Judge of the United States District Court, District of Oregon, handed down certain conclusions in an action instituted by the federal government against the Oregon State Medical Society and others in which a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was alleged. In this case, the government contended that the Oregon State Medical Society, eight county and regional societies and others attempted to restrain and monopolize prepaid medical care in Oregon. The court held that none of the charges were proved by a preponderance of evidence. In so holding, Judge McColloch stated in what may be described as a preliminary opinion his conclusions on the main issues involved and appended certain notes he had made at various stages throughout the trial, as an aid to counsel in the preparation of Findings of Fact and

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