2nd Circ. Says Conn. Wine Law Not Anti-Competitive

Law360 (February 20, 2019, 9:16 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit upheld a Connecticut law controlling alcohol pricing in the state Wednesday, after finding that the statute’s provisions didn’t run afoul of federal antitrust laws.

In a 45-page precedential ruling, the panel signed off on the lower court ruling that found the Connecticut Liquor Control Act’s requirements were restrictions on trade, but not ones that violated the Sherman Act.

“None of the provisions, we hold, are preempted,” the panel wrote in its opinion.

Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirits LLC, the Connecticut arm of national alcohol retailer Total Wine & More, argued that the state’s restrictions discouraged competition and kept prices “substantially...

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