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Resale Price Maintenance Is Per Se Unlawful In Kansas

Posted by : Matthew Wild | On : May 8, 2012

On May 4, 2012, the Kansas Supreme Court held in O’Brien v. Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. that resale price maintenance is a per se offense of the Kansas antitrust law.  The Kansas statute differs meaningfully (with express prohibitions on agreements involving the pricing of goods) from the general language of § 1 of the Sherman Act (prohibiting only agreements in “restraint of trade”).  As noted in earlier Posts, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in, Leegin Creative Leather Prods., Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 877 (2007), which held that resale price maintenance is subject to the rule of reason under §1 of the Sherman Act, has not been favorably received.  Congress has proposed legislative repeal; several state attorneys’ general have obtained consent decrees prohibiting such practices as per se offenses of their state antitrust laws; and Maryland repealed Leegin.  It remains to be seen how long Leegin survives.  Companies should remain cautious in imposing RPM programs because they may still face substantial liability under state law.

Author: Matthew S. Wild, Wild Law Group PLLC

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  1. […] Supreme Court decision in  O’Brien v. Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc.  discussed in the May 8, 2012 Post, the Kansas legislature has mandated that resale price maintenance is subject to the rule of […]

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