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BEER INDUSTRY PLAYERS SEEK COMPETING AMENDMENTS TO MASSACHUSETTS FRANCHISE LAW

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Massachusetts General Law Chapter 138 § 25E provides that any manufacturer of alcoholic beverages that makes regular sales of its branded products to a wholesaler for a period of six months or longer has entered into a binding agreement with that wholesaler for that particular brand that can only be terminated by the Continue Reading...
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INJURIES OR DEATHS OF RESTAURANT OR BAR PATRONS AREN’T ALWAYS A VIOLATION OF THE LIQUOR LAWS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Recently, the ABCC issued a decision that disapproved the action of the City of Lawrence’s five-day suspension on a Section 12 All Alcoholic Beverages pouring license when Balis Restaurant (Licensee) was charged with one violation of 204 CMR 2.05(2): permitting “an assault and battery/murder by gunshot” on the license premise. See In Re: Continue Reading...
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WINNING AN APPEAL AT THE ABCC AFTER BEING FOUND TO HAVE SERVED AN INTOXICATED PERSON

  Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In September 2016, the ABCC released its decision In Re: Casseys Gridiron Sports Bar (September 14, 2016) wherein the ABCC disapproved the City of Attleboro’s one day suspension on a Section 12 All Alcoholic Beverages pouring license for service to an intoxicated person in violation of M.G.L. c. 138, §69. In summary, Continue Reading...
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ABCC FINDS SHAW’S SUPERMARKET IN VIOLATION FOR SELLING BEER AT PRICE BELOW INVOICED COST

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In a recent ABCC decision, the ABCC issued Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc. a “warning” after finding that Shaw’s sold 30-packs of certain well known beer brands for $19.99 when it was determined Shaw’s had actually purchased those 30-packs from a beer distributor for $20.60 a 30-pack. See In Re: Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc. (October 19, Continue Reading...
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ABCC DISAPROVES BOSTON’S EFFORT TO BAN “NIPS AND SINGLES” WHEN SELLING A LIQUOR STORE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In December 2016, the ABCC released its decision In Re: Codman Square Liquors (December 16, 2016) wherein the ABCC disapproved the City of Boston’s imposition of a “no nips or singles” condition on a Section 15 liquor store license transfer between a liquor store operating for 35 years in Dorchester and the buyer’s Continue Reading...
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