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Robinson-Patman Act Realities: The Risks vs. Benefits of Price Discrimination

Everyone "price discriminates." Airlines do it. Car salesmen do it. Manufacturers of all kinds, selling to national accounts and local distributors, do it.  But is it legal to charge different prices to different customers? What restraints does the law place on a company's ability to decide what prices to charge, to whom, and when?  This alert examines these issues and more.