A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday.
The nation's largest contact lens companies are asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to strike down the measure that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.
Alcon Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb call the law a brazen overreach written specifically to help Utah-based discount seller 1-800 Contacts.
Lawmakers deny that. The state's attorney general contends the contacts manufacturers are wrongly driving up prices.
The companies are appealing a ruling from a federal judge in Utah. The 10th Circuit has allowed the law to go into effect as the case plays out.