November 2, 1942

Charged Is Violation of Emergency Price Control Act
CHICAGO, Ill.—Two days ago, the head of the Office of Price Administration (OPA), Leon Henderson, filed suit against Montgomery Ward & Company in Federal District Court in Chicago. The charge is violation of the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942 by exceeding the price ceiling on six hundred items, including furniture, clothing, and accessories. The suit accuses Montgomery Ward of listing prices in its Fall-Winter 1942 catalogue that are from two to eighty-five cents over their price ceilings. According to the regional OPA attorney, the “evidence was gathered in the course of a routine check-up.” The suit requested injunctions to prevent the company and its officers from continued overcharging. The chief of the civil litigation division of the OPA, John Hastings, filed the suit on behalf of Mr. Henderson.

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