Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

High Court to Look at Costco Sale of Swiss Watches

April 20, 2010, The Associated Press, Seattle, Washington

The Supreme Court is stepping into a legal fight over Omega's effort to stop Costco from offering the Swiss maker's watches for up to a third less than they cost elsewhere.

The case has important implications for discount sellers like Costco and Target as well as eBay, Amazon and other companies that form an estimated $58 billion annual market for goods that are purchased abroad, thenĀ imported and resold without the permission of the manufacturer.

Roy Englert, Costco's lawyer, said in court papers that there is no basis in law for "the distinction between goods made at home and those made abroad."

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