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Discrimination in rebates, discounts, or advertising service charges; underselling in particular localities; penalties, 15 U.S.C. § 13a
It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in commerce, in the course of such commerce, to be a party to, or assist in, any transaction of sale, or contract to sell, which discriminates to his knowledge against competitors of the purchaser, in that, any discount, rebate, allowance, or advertising service charge is granted to the purchaser over and above any discount, rebate, allowance, or advertising service charge available at the time of such transaction to said competitors in respect of a sale of goods of like grade, quality, and quantity; to sell, or contract to sell, goods in any part of the United States at prices lower than those exacted by said person elsewhere in the United States for the purpose of destroying competition, or eliminating a competitor in such part of the United States; or, to sell, or contract to sell, goods at unreasonably low prices for the purpose of destroying competition or eliminating a competitor.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
sounds like the $200.00 any claim deal they have fits into this
Re: Does this sound like SGC and the Lizzard to you?
You're absolutely right, but the part that they hide behind is this: "...for the purpose of destroying competition, or eliminating a competitor... "
Very hard to prove that was the intent of the practice, and they know it.
There's a fine line between competition and predatory practices or predatory pricing, and it's extremely hard to define/prove. It's unlikely that you will find company memos or minutes that document the discussion of how the implementation of these practices will "hurt competitors", rather, they will note how they will "enhance our competitive position".
One is about competition, the other is eliminating competetion. One is healthy, the other is illegal.
Of course, we haven't even touched on the 'steering' issues in this yet either, which muddies the water even further.