Wine Retailer Says Conn. Alcohol Law Limits Competition
Law360, New York (August 23, 2016, 5:39 PM EDT) -- Wine retailer Total Wine & More on Tuesday sued Connecticut officials over what it called anti-competitive laws in the state that promote horizontal and vertical price-fixing by beverage wholesalers and prevent retailers from offering the best prices.
Under Connecticut law, retailers are forbidden from selling inventory at prices below so-called bottle prices that state-licensed wholesalers are required to post with the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs, according to the complaint filed by Total Wine.
The lawsuit alleges that wholesalers and manufacturers have used the law to fix prices for alcoholic beverages at levels well above what the market would dictate. The...
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