HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state Supreme Court has overturned a nearly $5.8 million award to beer and soda distributors who sued the state over its taking of unclaimed nickel bottle and can deposits in 2009.

The court ruled Tuesday that the distributors had no property interest in the unclaimed deposits and failed to prove they were entitled to the money. The decision overturned a Superior Court judge’s ruling.

At issue was a 2009 state law that required unclaimed deposit money to go to the state to help close the state’s budget deficit. Distributors had earlier been ordered to set aside the deposit money in separate accounts.
The law took effect on April 1, 2009, but included unclaimed deposits from the previous four months.
Distributors argued the retroactive provision violated their constitutional property rights.

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