WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges that Fortiline LLC illegally invited a competitor to collude on prices.

Fortiline distributes ductile iron pipes. 

Fortiline is banned from entering into, attempting to enter into or inviting any agreement with any competitor to raise or fix prices, divide markets or allocate consumers.

The settlement stems from an administrative complaint filed by the FTC that alleged Fortiline twice invited a competing firm to collude on prices in North Carolina and most of Virginia in 2010.  

The FTC voted 2-1 to approve the order. Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen voted no and issued a dissenting statement. The staff contact for the case is Mark Taylor, Bureau of Competition.

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