Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Case
Our firm is investigating anti-competitive behavior in the market for replacement contact lenses. Recently, our case was consolidated with more than 20 other cases addressing this same issue and sent to Jacksonville, FL.
The 4 major manufacturers of disposable lenses, Bausch & Lomb, Cooper Vision, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis (also known as Alcon or CIBA), who each announced new pricing policies in 2014.
The new policies required all retailers to sell the newest and most popular contact lenses at a fixed price. The price set by each manufacturer was at the average prices charged by eye doctors, a much higher price than charged by so-called "alternative" sellers such as 1-800-Contacts or Costco. The purpose of the new policy is to insulate eye doctors (who prescribe the brand of lenses for their patients) from price competition from discounters. Federal law requires eye doctors to give patients their prescriptions. Once patients are comfortable wearing their new lenses, they are free to shop around for the best prices on replacement lenses.
We would like to talk to consumers who purchased the following replacement lenses from alternative sellers (not their eye doctor):
Bausch & Lomb
Johnson & Johnson
1-Day ACUVUE MOIST
1-Day ACUVUE MOIST for ASTIGMATISM
1-Day ACUVUE MOIST TruEye
ACUVUE OASYS with HYDRACLEAR
ACUVUE OASYS for ASTIGMATISM
ACUVUE OASYS for PRESBYOPIA
Novartis (Alcon or ciba)
DAILIES TOTAL 1
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Multifocal
DAILES AquaComfort Plus Toric
AIR OPTIX COLORS