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PUBLIC LAW 96-000—MMMM. DD, 1980

94 STAT. 1156

PUBLIC LAW 96-349—SEPT. 12, 1980 (D) in subsection (d), as that subsection has been redesignated by subparagraph (B), by inserting immediately after such person the following: ", and, in the case of an express demand for any product of discovery, the person from whom such discovery was obtained,". SANCTIONS FOR ATTORNEY DELAY

SEC. 3. Section 1927 of title 28, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking out "as to increase costs"; and (2) by striking out "such excess costs" and inserting in lieu thereof "the excess costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees reasonably incurred because of such conduct". PREJUDGMENT INTEREST Suits by persons injured.

Award of interest, eligibility.

Suits by U.S.

Award of interest, eligibility.

SEC. 4. (a)(1) Section 4 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. 15) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new sentences: "The court may award under this section, pursuant to a motion by such person promptly made, simple interest on actual damages for the period beginning on the date of service of such person's pleading setting forth a claim under the antitrust laws and ending on the date of judgment, or for any shorter period therein, if the court finds that the award of such interest for such period is just in the circumstances. In determining whether an award of interest under this section for any period is just in the circumstances, the court shall consider only— "(1) whether such person or the opposing party, or either party's representative, made motions or asserted claims or defenses so lacking in merit as to show that such party or representative acted intentionally for delay, or otherwise acted in bad faith; "(2) whether, in the course of the action involved, such person or the opposing party, or either party's representative, violated any applicable rule, statute, or court order providing for sanctions for dilatory behavior or otherwise providing for expeditious proceedings; and "(3) whether such person or the opposing party, or either party's representative, engaged in conduct primarily for the purpose of delaying the litigation or increasing the cost thereof.". (2) Section 4A of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. 15a) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new sentences: "The court may award under this section, pursuant to a motion by the United States promptly made, simple interest on actual damages for the period beginning on the date of service of the pleading of the United States setting forth a claim under the antitrust laws and ending on the date of judgment, or for any shorter period therein, if the court finds that the award of such interest for such period is just in the circumstances. In determining whether an award of interest under this section for any period is just in the circumstances, the court shall consider only— "(1) whether the United States or the opposing party, or either party's representative, made motions or asserted claims or defenses so lacking in merit as to show that such party or representative acted intentionally for delay or otherwise acted in bad faith; "(2) whether, in the course of the action involved, the United States or the opposing party, or either party's representative, violated any applicable rule, statute, or court order providing for