Hey, I thought this was rather interesting and deserved to be posted. This is not yet final, but it will be interesting to see how this pans out. "Before the Supreme Court breaks for summer recess at the end of the month, a decision is expected that will decide whether to do away with a nearly century-old rule that prohibits manufacturers from maintaining retail prices for their products. The Court’s decision in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc. will have far-reaching effects on the manufacturing and retail industries. At the foundation of the Court’s decision is the per se rule in the Dr. Miles case, a cornerstone of antitrust policies. In 1911, the Supreme Court in Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. John D. Park & Sons Co. held that a vertical contract between a manufacturer and a retailer establishing the minimum retail price of the product automatically is a “per se” antitrust violation. The manufacturing and retail communities are anxiously awaiting the Court’s ruling, as it will largely affect how companies choose to price their goods. Most importantly, the Court’s ruling will affect all sectors of retail – from car dealerships to department stores." The above quote, was from a press release provided to a press release service by www.cornerstone.com on June 21, 2007. This is a time sensitive post so if you are not reading this in June 2007, you may want to search the internet for most current details on the situation.

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