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New lawsuit on liquor privatization

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Supporters of an initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington state have filed a lawsuit challenging the state's rules for implementing the measure.

The lawsuit filed late Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court claims that the Washington Liquor Control Board circumvented the initiative by arbitrarily restricting wholesale distribution and pricing of wine and spirits. The lawsuit challenges the board's 24-liter per day sales restriction from retailers to restaurants, restrictions on delivery locations for spirits distributors and fees on some liquor manufacturers.

Voters approved Initiative 1183 last fall, allowing stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to sell liquor. It took effect June 1.

The lawsuit was filed by a coalition of initiative supporters, including the Washington Restaurant Association, the Northwest Grocery Association and Costco Wholesale Corp.