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BAUSCH & LOMB SETTLES CHARGES

Bausch & Lomb will pay rebates and offer discounts to settle charges that it conspired to force customers to buy its replacement contact lenses through optometrists.

Customers who purchased replacement contact lenses in the last 13 years will be eligible for rebates and discounts of up to $120 in an antitrust settlement with Bausch & Lomb, state officials announced Tuesday. The $17.5 million agreement resolves antitrust claims filed in 1994 against the lensmaker by New York and 31 other states and a consumer class.

Under terms of the settlement, Bausch & Lomb will pay $8 million into a fund and will provide consumers with a package of goods and services worth $9.5 million. Bausch & Lomb also has agreed to sell its lenses to pharmacies and mail-order companies on a non-discriminatory basis.

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