About: John P. Connell, Esq.

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TRANSFERRING CONTROL OVER YOUR LICENSED BUSINESS WITHOUT APPROVAL CAN RENDER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Under Massachusetts law, any individual or corporation may transfer any existing alcoholic beverages license held under ch. 138 to another individual or corporation, provided that the local licensing authority and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) approves the requested transfer. When licensed businesses transfer managerial duties or other privileges of a license to Continue Reading...
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NEW YORK LAWS AID CRAFT BREWERS WHILE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE IDLES

On August 6, 2012, The Brewer’s Association reported that there are now more breweries in the United States than any time since 1887, and that 97% of those breweries are classified as small “craft brewers.”  Clearly, craft brewing is becoming one of those hot “emerging businesses” that state legislatures everywhere try to attract for their job and tax growth potential.  Continue Reading...
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SUCCESS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL IN YOUR LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION

In Massachusetts, a municipality’s Local Licensing Authority (LLA) grants liquor licenses.  In the town of Saugus, the LLA is the Board of Selectmen.  On July 24, 2012, the LLA entertained three proposals for its sole remaining all alcohol license. The winning bid was J. Pace & Son Downtown, Inc. (“Pace”), who intends to lease the second floor of its commercial Continue Reading...
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LEGISLATURE PASSES MRA BACKED CATERERS LIQUOR LICENSE BILL

Massachusetts caterers gained a victory at the State House when their Massachusetts Restaurant Association sponsored proposal passed both the Senate and House of Representatives on July 26, 2012.  The Bill authorizes the ABCC to issue a new category of liquor license – an “annual caterers license” – for the purchase of alcohol from wholesalers, storage, transportation and sale at private Continue Reading...
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CHANGE IN MASSACHUSETTS LAW LETS WINERIES SELL WINE AT FARMER’S MARKETS AND AGRICULTURAL EVENTS

The Coastal Wine Trail of South Eastern New England, an appellation of nine wineries located along the New England coastline, holds a kick-off event each year to celebrate the beginning of wine season.  Traditionally, one of the nine wineries hosts the event and sells its wines, while the other wineries provide tastings of their wines without the opportunity to offer Continue Reading...
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