Burr & Forman Attorneys Author Section in American Bar Association's Price Discrimination Handbook

    January 07, 2013

    Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that two of its Birmingham partners, Mark Lawson and Devin Dolive, have co-authored a chapter in the Price Discrimination Handbook, published this month by the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA).

    “The handbook serves as a guide to the compliance issues and potential exposure that can arise when sellers charge different prices to different purchasers”

    -Devin Dolive

    Lawson and Dolive’s chapter discusses state statutes, including both industry-specific statutes and statutes of more general application, that impact pricing practices. The book is available for purchase on the ABA’s website.

    “While federal laws related to pricing practices are generally well-known, there are a number of state-level laws and regulations that apply to price discrimination as well,” explained Lawson. “Wholesalers and manufacturers, particularly those with multi-state and multi-national operations, should be mindful of potential exposure to claims in the various states in which they operate, in addition to the federal case law that has developed under the Robinson-Patman Act.”

    The Price Discrimination Handbook is the first publication by the ABA’s Antitrust Law Section in over 20 years devoted exclusively to price discrimination laws. While the Handbook also covers federal law and laws of foreign jurisdictions, Lawson and Dolive’s contribution focuses on state laws that apply to specific industries and services, including sales of equipment, motor vehicles, motor fuel, and agricultural products.

    “The handbook serves as a guide to the compliance issues and potential exposure that can arise when sellers charge different prices to different purchasers,” added Dolive. “A number of these state-level statutes arguably apply to mere offers to sell and may reach rebates, discounts, and incentive programs as well.”

    Lawson and Dolive practice in Burr & Forman’s Commercial Litigation section. They are frequent authors and speakers on price discrimination matters.



    Legal Disclaimer:
    No representation is made that the quality of services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

    Featured Attorneys

    send article

    TESTIMONIALS

    • “Gail strikes the perfect balance between protecting her client and getting the deal done in a most pleasant and efficient manner.”

      -Jim Adams, Daniel Corporation

    • “For the past four years, my Atlantic Capital Bank deal team has engaged the legal services of Lindsey Arnold to close several large and complex bank loan transactions.  To name a few, these deals include a $10million line of credit to a linen service company, a $15million Term Loan to a prominent, market leading textile manufacturer (and a subsequent recapitalization of this loan arrangement), a $12million Term Loan facility for a major grocery store chain, a $12million Construction to Mini Perm Facility and a separate $10million for a large national beverage distribution family of businesses.  Not only was Lindsey’s service of the utmost professionalism and very quick responsiveness, but also she treated the bank’s client’s with a very high level of courteousness and integrity.  Our clients are the lifeblood of our business and it is important that our legal partners handle our relationships get off to a good start.  In addition, rarely do loans sit on a shelf…there are always changes along the way and Lindsey has been very quick to respond to our needs (driven by our clients’ needs) in terms of amendments and deal restructurings.  In addition to solid deal execution…Lindsey is a terrific resource when it comes to early stage legal guidance as we as bankers think through competitive and creative deal structures.  Lindsey has been great and we hope to steer more deals in her direction as we grow the institution.”

      -Sandy Bowen, Atlantic Capital Bank

    • "Like any commercial litigation practice, it takes a while to get completely up to speed on how a client's corporation works. Once the understanding was there, Burr & Forman put their head down and worked very hard for excellent results."

      -Best Lawyers 2012

    • “Dwight has a can do attitude and is outstanding at finding reasoned compromises in difficult negotiations."

      -A Chambers USA client

    • "Burr & Forman has very good experience, and I would highly recommend the firm."

      -Best Lawyers 2012