Regulation of Business – Proof of Seller’s Costs in Robinson-Patman Act Buyer Proceedings

The purposes of this comment are to analyze the holding of the Court in the Automatic Canteen case and to relate the language of the opinion to the more general problem of defining the extent of buyer responsibility under section 2(f). As a preliminary matter, however, it is necessary to examine the pertinent statutory provisions. Section 2(f) of the Robinson-Patman Act makes it unlawful for buyers in interstate commerce” … knowingly to induce or receive a · discrimination in price which is prohibited by this section.” In other words, it prohibits buyers from knowingly inducing or receiving the benefit of price discriminations as they are defined by the rest of the section.