Dentsply International Inc. recently announced that a favorable decision has been issued by the District Court Judge who heard the civil antitrust case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the company. The judge upheld Dentsply's position and ruled that the company's artificial tooth distribution policies and practices do not violate the antitrust laws. The Department of Justice had filed the case against Dentsply in January 1999. "We are very pleased the judge confirmed the validity of our tooth distribution practices," said John C. Miles II, chairman and chief executive officer. "Although we believed strongly in our position, this decision removes an uncertainty that had been linked to our Trubyte business for the past several years. We sincerely believe this is the proper decision and will allow us to continue to distribute our products in the manner in which we deem is most appropriate."
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