Controlling the Competitor Plaintiff in Antitrust Litigation

13 Pages Posted: 30 May 2009

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William H. Page

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Roger D. Blair

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 29, 2009

Abstract

This comment, published in 1992, responds to Edward A. Snyder & Thomas E. Kauper, Misuse of the Antitrust Laws: The Competitor Plaintiff, 90 Mich. L. Rev. 551 (1991). Snyder and Kauper argue that rivals of alleged offenders file baseless antitrust suits so frequently that rivals should be denied the right to sue entirely. We argue, however, that the antitrust injury doctrine, properly applied on a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment, provides a sufficient constraint on competitors' perverse incentives to bring lawsuits based on legitimate competitive harms.

Keywords: antitrust, antitrust injury, treble damages

JEL Classification: K21, K41, K42, L12

Suggested Citation

Page, William Hepburn and Blair, Roger D., Controlling the Competitor Plaintiff in Antitrust Litigation (May 29, 2009). Michigan Law Review, Vol. 91, 1992. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1411804

William Hepburn Page (Contact Author)

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Roger D. Blair

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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Gainesville, FL 32611-7140
United States
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