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SELLING WINE OVER THE INTERNET TO MASSACHUSETTS CONSUMERS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   Buying wine over the Internet from nationally known websites, such as wine.com or WSJwine.com, is a complicated process.  Massachusetts laws prohibit consumers from purchasing wine directly from wholesalers, out-of-state retailers, and out-of-state wineries not in possession of a Massachusetts Winery Shipment License, issued pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F.  Indeed, Massachusetts consumers Continue Reading...
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UNDERSTANDING CERTIFICATE OF LABEL APPROVALS (COLAs)

The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act), 27 U.S.C. §205(e), authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to prescribe regulations for the labeling of alcoholic beverages and requires that the TTB administer those regulations in order to prohibit the use of misleading statements on labels, to assure the use of adequate information as to the identity and quality of beverage products, Continue Reading...
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CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PROPOSES TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SOLD IN BOSTON PACKAGE STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 5, 2014, newly elected City Council President Bill Linehan filed a home rule petition for a law that would impose a 6.25% sales tax on alcoholic beverages purchased in Boston package stores.  The revenue generated from this proposed tax would be used to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse Continue Reading...
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PROPOSED LEGISLATURE MAY ALLOW ON-PREMISES “POURING” LICENSES TO BE GRANTED TO OFF-PREMISES RETAIL STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Generally, in Massachusetts, a retail package store is authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off-premises only.  Such an establishment is prohibited from offering alcoholic beverages for consumption on-premises. M.G.L. c. 138, §15.  If House Bill 3420 is passed into law, however, local licensing authorities would be authorized to issue a license pursuant Continue Reading...
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WALSH ADMINISTRATION PUSHES FOR LATE-NIGHT HOURS IN THE CITY OF BOSTON

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 10, 2014, newly appointed mayor Martin Walsh named John Barros to be Boston’s first chief of economic development.  Now, Barros is moving fast to spur economic development and push for a livelier city.  Among his top priorities is a proposal for later closing hours for Boston restaurants and bars. Currently, pursuant Continue Reading...
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