Burden Lies With Cos. In Price-Fixing Pacts: AAI

Law360, New York (August 17, 2009, 1:45 PM EDT) -- The American Antitrust Institute has weighed in during the latest round of the precedent-setting Leegin dispute, arguing that the onus should be on manufacturers to prove that their price-fixing agreements don't harm consumers.

Manufacturers' agreements that require retailers to impose minimum prices should be considered “inherently suspect,” the AAI said in an amicus curiae brief filed Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The brief aims to shore up the case of Texas retailer PSKS Inc., whose dispute with Leegin Creative Leather...
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