Indirect Purchaser Suits and the Consumer Interest

Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 48, p. 531, 2003

41 Pages Posted: 29 May 2009

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John E. Lopatka

The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law

William H. Page

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Date Written: May 29, 2009

Abstract

This article, published in 2003, argues that indirect purchaser class actions under state antitrust law have failed to advance the consumer interest. They rarely provide significant compensation to those actually injured by anticompetitive overcharges, and there is little evidence that they provide better deterrence than suits by direct purchasers.

Keywords: antitrust, class actions, price fixing, private actions, damages

JEL Classification: I41, K41, K21

Suggested Citation

Lopatka, John E. and Page, William Hepburn, Indirect Purchaser Suits and the Consumer Interest (May 29, 2009). Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 48, p. 531, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1411748

John E. Lopatka

The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

William Hepburn Page (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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