Redefining the “Cost of Suit” Under Section Four of the Clayton Act
This Note explores the possible interpretations of the “cost of suit” provision and the policies which it implicates. It concludes that the Copper Liquor interpretation best advances the goals of the antitrust laws set forth by Congress and the courts. Part I examines the development of the present controversy among the circuits. Part II analyzes and refutes the arguments which have been set forth in support of the traditional rule. Part III explores the policy considerations which underlie private treble damage actions and concludes that the Copper Liquor interpretation of the “cost of suit” provision serves them better than does the traditional rule.