Thursday, February 21, 2013

U.S. Spreme Court Rejects Contentions from Luxottica and Walgreens

"The U.S. Supreme Court left intact California rules that bar eyeglass companies from offering on- site vision exams, rejecting contentions that the system favors local eye doctors over consumers and multistate optical businesses," reports Bloomberg News. "The justices today turned away an appeal by companies including LensCrafters Inc., whose parent Luxottica Group SpA is the world’s biggest maker of eyeglasses. LensCrafters argued that the rules unconstitutionally discriminate against interstate commerce. The appeal had support from Walgreen Co., which said a lower court ruling upholding the California rules would let states bar drugstores from offering health-care services in competition with doctors. States might also restrict Internet commerce to protect local businesses, Walgreen said." Read more.

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