Commission authorization of amicus brief filing: The Commission has authorized the filing of a joint amicus brief with the U.S. Department of Justice in the matter of Volvo Trucks North America v. Reeder-Simco GMC, Inc., No. 905 (U.S. Supreme Court). The brief, which is available on the FTC’s Web site as a link to this press release, concerns a case in which the Court is considering an Eighth Circuit decision holding that a manufacturer violates Section 2(a) of the Robinson-Patman Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 13(a), when it offers different wholesale prices to its dealers when they are not in direct competition with each other to resell the products in question to the same retail customers. The Commission vote authorizing the filing of the joint amicus brief was 5-0. (FTC File No. P052103; the staff contact is John F. Daly, Office of General Counsel, 202-326-2244.)
Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.