The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Costco Wholesale's request that it reconsider a decision upholding Washington state's...

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Costco Wholesale’s request that it reconsider a decision upholding Washington state’s rules on beer and wine distribution.

An appeals court panel ruled in January that most of the Prohibition-era laws are valid. The rules include automatic price markups and bans on having alcohol delivered to a warehouse.

Costco hoped to beat the laws in hopes of using its massive buying power to drive down prices.

The court said today that it would not hold a rehearing of the case.