By  on December 5, 2008

WASHINGTON — Retailers lobbied federal officials for help Thursday to remedy the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave manufacturers the ability to set minimum prices.

Consumer groups and retailers, including eBay and the now defunct Kay’s Kloset, which was the plaintiff in the landmark 2007 case, said the decision had damaged their ability to do business and hurt the consumer. In the 18 months since the 5-4 court ruling, retailers and industry groups alleged some unidentified large brands have used the precedent to target companies offering discounts or low prices to consumers.

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