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Over the past months, the Administration has been engaged in
a comprehensive review of the many statutes which regulate the
nation's economic activity.
As part of this effort, the Antitrust
Division of the Department of Justice undertook the task of evaluating
the effects of the Robinson-Patman Act, a 1936 amendment to the Clayton
Act dealing with price discrimination in the sale of commodities in
The initial product of the Division's effort was
the release, in the summer of 1975, of a White Paper and two draft
statutes which discussed the repeal or reform of Robinson-Patman.
In response to the ensuing debate, the Department commenced an
in-depth analysis of Robinson-Patman.
At the same time the Domestic
Council Review Group on Regulatory Reform decided to hold hearings on
the operation of Robinson-Patman for the purpose of learning whether
the Act should be retained, modified, or repealed.
Over 20 persons testi
fied at these hearings which took place on December 8, 9, and 10, 1975.
Witnesses included members of the academic community, practicing attorneys,
representatives of small business groups, businessmen, and present and
former government officials.
Upon the conclusion of these hearings, Antitrust Division staff mem
bers began the preparation of this Report,