Following an investigation by the state Department of Consumer Protection, Total Wine & More of Norwalk has agreed to cease advertising sales of alcoholic beverages below the minimum price rules set out in the Liquor Control Act. According to a press release issued today, Sept. 1, the department fast-tracked and completed its investigation which resulted in Total Wine & More paying $37,500 as part of the resolution of this matter.

A letter to the editors regarding Total Wine & More’s practices appears in today’s Bulletin.

Today’s agreement does not affect a lawsuit brought by Total Wine & More challenging Connecticut’s liquor pricing laws. If and until those laws are amended by the legislature or declared unlawful through the judicial process, they remain in effect and the state will continue to vigorously enforce them, the press release said.

*This story was edited to reflect Total Wine & More had not been "fined" $37,000 as reported in the original press release issued by the state Department of Consumer Protection.