Supreme Court Preview -- Resale Price Maintenance

Posted on Tuesday, March 27 at 11:40 by drcaleb
When employed, RPM prevents consumers from “shopping around” for the best price because it prevents retailers from putting on sale any and all types of products, including not only large purchases, but also everyday purchases—from groceries to gasoline. Because of the per se rule against RPM, consumers have saved hundreds of billions of dollars over the years, while the retailing industry has progressed from small shops to department stores to discount warehouses to, most recently, online commerce. Abandoning the per se rule in favor of rule of reason would provide cold comfort to American consumers; for it is widely recognized that to accord RPM a rule of reason treatment would effectively make RPM legal.


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