The United States Law Week

Supreme Court Won’t Consider Connecticut Alcohol Pricing Rules

April 6, 2020, 9:26 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t revive an antitrust lawsuit that unsuccessfully challenged Connecticut alcohol regulations setting minimum retail prices, banning volume discounts, and requiring wholesalers to “post and hold” their prices monthly.

The high court Monday rejected a petition by Total Wine & More, which calls itself the country’s largest independent liquor store chain.

The company argued in two lower courts that Connecticut’s rules led to statewide overcharges by preventing price competition. Such “horizontal” restraints constitute “per se” violations of federal antitrust laws, regardless of their justification, Total claimed. That means they’re preempted by those federal laws, the suit said....

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