Kansas' Take On Leegin Shows Risks Of Vertical Price Deals

Law360, New York (May 16, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT) -- The Kansas Supreme Court's recent decision that resale price maintenance agreements are illegal under state law highlights the need for national manufacturers to tread cautiously when setting pricing policies with their distributors and retailers, even in states that previously seemed safe for vertical agreements, experts say.

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2007 decision in Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. applying the rule of reason to vertical price agreements, Kansas' highest court on May 4 revived a consumer antitrust class action against one of the company's...
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