Md.’s Liquor Rules Break Antitrust Law: 4th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 16, 2009, 6:56 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has refused to reverse its earlier decision that Maryland’s liquor and wine regulations, which were put in place to promote temperance, are a form of horizontal price-fixing that runs afoul of federal antitrust law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Wednesday shot down Maryland’s bid to revisit its previous holding and also affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the state’s regulatory scheme is preempted by the Sherman Act.

“We are disappointed in the outcome. We are reviewing the...
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