Whenever the United States is hereafter injured in its business or property by reason of anything forbidden in the antitrust laws it may sue therefor in the United States district court for the district in which the defendant resides or is found or has an agent, without respect to the amount in controversy, and shall recover threefold the damages by it sustained and the cost of suit. 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-
15 U.S.C. § 15a
REFERENCES IN TEXTThe antitrust laws, referred to in text, are defined in sectionof this title.
AMENDMENTS1990- Pub. L. 101-588 substituted "threefold the" for "actual". 1980- Pub. L. 96-349 inserted provisions respecting award of prejudgment interest including considerations for the court in determining whether an award is just under the circumstances.
STATUTORY NOTES AND RELATED SUBSIDIARIES
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1980 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 96-349 applicable only with respect to actions commenced after Sept. 12, 1980, see section 4(b) of Pub. L. 96-349 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATESection effective six months after July 7, 1955, see note set out under sectionof this title.