HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s decades-old law prohibiting retailers from selling wine and liquor below a minimum price is facing a challenge in federal court.
Maryland-based Total Wine & More claims that provision and other parts of Connecticut’s liquor laws violate the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, creating a price-fixing system.
It’s not the first time the 138-store chain has accused a state of price-fixing. Total Wine & More was involved in a similar 11-year battle in Maryland, challenging a volume discount ban. The company contends Connecticut’s law is particularly egregious.
It prevents retailers from selling wine and liquor below a minimum price, the wholesaler’s posted price-per-bottle in a case. Efforts to scrap the law have failed in the legislature.
The Center for Alcohol Policy says most states require some form of minimum alcohol pricing.
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