By JONATHAN V. MCCALLAN, AP senior editorThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave consumers the option of a refund for any item purchased by a woman that was bought by a man.
The decision was the latest in a long line of cases in which women have argued that men are not entitled to any sort of refund for clothes they have bought with their own money.
The justices sided with the women in a lawsuit that challenges a 2011 law that limits men to getting a refund if they have paid for clothes in the past three years.
The court’s ruling, by a 5-4 majority, will be heard by justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
It was not immediately clear what would happen next.
The case, which is challenging the Fair Labor Standards Act, was brought by the American Coalition for Men.
The organization is based in Washington and is one of several groups pushing to overturn a 2011 labor law.
The law says men can only get a refund of up to 25 percent of the cost of a new suit if they pay for the purchase of a second suit that they have worn in the previous three years, the Associated Press reported.
The bill, signed by President Barack Obama, said men who buy more than two suits of the same color could get refunds of 25 percent.