The US District Court for the Northern District of California receives a complaint likely to provide lessons about manufacturers’ efforts regarding resale prices (Costco / Johnson & Johnson)

Costco v. J&J: The Latest and Largest in a Long Line of Pricing Cases* It’s not often that one Fortune 50 company sues another – but that’s what happened earlier this week when Costco sued Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in California federal court over J&J’s attempts to limit Costco’s resale prices of J&J’s contact lenses. For antitrust practitioners, however, the case is of interest because of its potential lessons about manufacturers’ efforts regarding resale prices. Initially, however, the case might provide more lessons about another age-old antitrust question – what’s sufficient to allege and then prove agreement? Some manufacturers seem to think the struggle to control resale prices began with Amazon and the Internet. Antitrust law, however, has been debating that issue

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Steven J. Cernak, The US District Court for the Northern District of California receives a complaint likely to provide lessons about manufacturers’ efforts regarding resale prices (Costco / Johnson & Johnson), 3 February 2015, e-Competitions February 2015, Art. N° 72004

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