SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has refused to block a law that would halt price-fixing of contact lenses.
In a ruling late Monday, U.S. District Judge Dee Benson refused to stop SB 169 from going into effect. The bill prohibits contact lens makers from setting a minimum price for lenses or discriminating against sellers who offer lenses at a lower price.
Alcon Laboratories, Bausch & Lomb and Johnson & Johnson have sued the state over SB169, which was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert. Costco and 1-800-CONTACTS have joined the state in defending the law.
In his ruling, Judge Benson stated: “Plaintiffs have failed to convince the court that they are likely to succeed on the merits of this case.”
Read the ruling here: