The Robinson Patman Act

The Robinson-Patman Act prevents the ability of competitors to discriminate in the prices charged between competing purchasers. Price discrimination will however be permitted if there can be some justification demonstrated which can include changing conditions, meeting competition in good faith, availaibility of a discount, that the effect of discrimination was merely de minimus, and that there is a cost differential.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the possible justifications that will allow price discrimination?
Can both the buyers and sellers be liable for actions under the Act?
What are the defenses that can be maintained to fight a possible violation of price fixing?

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