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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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HOW CAN A LIQUOR LICENSE BE USED TO SECURE A LOAN?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, the holder of a liquor license can pledge his or her license to secure a loan. M.G.L. c. 138, §23.  In fact, many banks or other private lenders will not lend money to a licensee or someone seeking to purchase a license without a Pledge.  Accordingly, there are several legal requirements Continue Reading...
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ABCC HOLDS THAT “DE MINIMIS” FUNDS RAISED THROUGH ONLINE “CROWDFUNDING” NEED NOT BE DISCLOSED ON A STATE LICENSE APPLICATION

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In a decision dated November 20, 2013, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) held that “de minimis” amounts of money acquired through online “crowdfunding” websites need not be disclosed as a source of funds within an applicant’s state license application. This decision followed a September 4, 2013 hearing held at the ABCC Continue Reading...
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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CITY OF BOSTON’S ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL LIQUOR LICENSES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:     A recent 12-1 Boston City Council vote seeks to empower the City of Boston to determine how many liquor licenses are issued and to allow local appointment of Boston Licensing Board members. In every city and town in Massachusetts, except the City of Boston, the number of liquor licenses each municipality is allowed Continue Reading...
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AMENDMENTS TO MASSACHUSETTS LIQUOR CONTROL ACT IN DISCUSSION AT THE STATE HOUSE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On November 12, 2013, the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure held a public hearing at the State House in Boston to discuss various bills introduced in connection with the Massachusetts Liquor Control Act (M.G.L. c. 138).  Members of the alcoholic beverage industry came from throughout the Commonwealth to testify about Continue Reading...
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