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Judge won’t halt contact lens price-fixing law from going into effect

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Posted at 4:33 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 18:35:57-04

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: