Debate on Resale Price Maintenance Heats Up

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1. DOJ Antitrust Division Head Christine Varney Offers Guidance on Leegin and Proposes "Structured Rule of Reason Test" For Evaluating RPM Under State Laws

When the Supreme Court modified the prohibition against resale price maintenance agreements ("RPM") more than two years ago in Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSKS, Inc., it was not immediately clear how state enforcers and state courts would apply state laws to RPM. 127 S. Ct. 2705 (2007). Thirty-seven State Attorneys General (AGs) had asked the Court in a joint amicus brief to uphold the per se rule which makes all RPM illegal. Since Leegin, some AGs have taken the position that RPM remains per se illegal under some state laws and other states have passed or may pass "Leegin repealer" bills.

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