Retailers Risk Lawsuits After Costco Ruling

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — The implications of a split 4-4 Supreme Court ruling on Monday upholding a lower court’s decision against the right of Costco Wholesale Corp., based here, to buy Omega watches on the international market and sell them at a deep discount off the manufacturer’s suggested retail may give retailers pause in procuring gray market goods overseas.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — The implications of a split 4-4 Supreme Court ruling on Monday upholding a lower court’s decision against the right of Costco Wholesale Corp., based here, to buy Omega watches on the international market and sell them at a deep discount off the manufacturer’s suggested retail may give retailers pause in procuring gray market goods overseas.

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