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Stamford's Leone Praises Fines For Liquor Pricing Violations

State Sen. Carlo Leone, D-27.
State Sen. Carlo Leone, D-27. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two Connecticut lawmakers, including one from Stamford, are praising a state agency's sanctions against a liquor store that sold merchandise for less than the minimum bottle price.

State Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford, and Rep. David Baram, D-Bloomfield, who serve as co-chairs of the legislature’s General Law Committee, championed the state Department of Consumer Protection’s agreement with Total Wine and More while decrying the store for advertising and selling wine and liquor below the minimum bottle price.

“We want to thank the Department of Consumer Protection and Commissioner Jonathan Harris for investigating this issue and quickly attaining a significant agreement with Total Wine and More to stop advertising and selling wine and liquor below the minimum bottle price in violation of the law.

“As a result of its illegal actions, Total Wine and More will have to pay a substantial fine that we believe will send a strong message to any other liquor retailer that thinks it can break the laws of Connecticut and get away with it.

"We respect everyone’s right to challenge the state’s laws in court and advocate for changes in our statutes as anyone may disagree with a law and fight to change it, but they cannot break the law without consequences, and DCP's ruling underscores that anyone who chooses to do so will be addressed in accordance with our enforcement laws."

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