Last week's Supreme Court case has once again brought mutual fund fees to the national spotlight, but a decision by the court might not come for several months, if it comes at all. And judging from the justices' comments, they appear reluctant to get involved in the day-to-day workings of fund companies and more inclined to trust the judgment of fund boards, the purview of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the workings of the free market.

The well-publicized case Jones v. Harris Associates has investors wondering if the fees they pay for mutual funds are too high, who determines what fees they pay and what they can do about it.

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