On February 19, 2008, Costco Wholesale filed a petition for rehearing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the original panel to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision of January 29th, which upheld the ruling of a federal district court in Seattle that Washington’s price posting requirement is invalid under federal antitrust law, but reinstated other parts of the price posting statute the district court had struck down as part of the invalid statutory scheme, as well as the ban on central warehousing. The petition also asks that the entire appeals court hear the case if the original panel does not grant Costco’s request, in view of the importance of the antitrust issues, the inconsistency of the result with those in an earlier Ninth Circuit case and a recent Fourth Circuit case, and the necessity to interpret a leading Supreme Court opinion. The petition offers a clue to how an appeal to the Supreme Court might be structured.
by R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel
Feb 21, 2008 | 0 comments