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MORE RESTAURANTS AND BARS MAY ARRIVE IN BACK BAY

Quota on liquor licenses in Back Bay confronted. With new hotels and restaurantuers seeking to take advantage of the Back Bay’s strong economic climate, the Back Bay has seen recent pressure to increase the total number of liquor licenses permitted within the neighborhood.  The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, however, has traditionally opposed new liquor licenses being transferred into Continue Reading...
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MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS DEMAND MORE LIQUOR LICENSES

Seeking More Alcoholic Beverage Licenses To Satisfy Demand Has Municipalities Headed To Beacon Hill  In Massachusetts, the quantity of liquor licenses available in any municipality in the state, including Boston, is governed by a statutory-based quota system.  Towns seeking to spur economic development, however, may petition the Massachusetts State Legislature to have additional licenses issued beyond the statutorily permitted amount. Continue Reading...
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SPECIAL LEGISLATION GRANTS LIQUOR LICENSE TO NATICK’S BACON STREET FARM STORE… WHO’S UP NEXT?

Massachusetts State Legislature approved petition for special legislation to issue liquor license—Legislators prove accommodating in instances where the quota is already met in that municipality. On May 15, 2012, the Massachusetts State Legislature approved the issuance of a non-transferable wine and malt beverage license (location specific) to Natick’s Bacon Street Farm store. The license applicant, Rick Ciccarelli, initiated the process Continue Reading...
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US Appeals Court Finds Trademark Infringement Against Jose Cuervo

On May 9, 2012, the US Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit upheld a District Court’s injunction and determination that the distinctive dripping red wax that adorns bottle of Maker’s Mark Bourbon (some 800,000 cases a year are sold) is so distinctive that Jose Cuervo’s use of red dripping wax on its Tequila was a trademark violation.  Important in the Continue Reading...
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Governor Patrick Signs Bill Authorizing New Restricted Liquor licenses To Be Issues And Used At Logan Airport, Freeing-Up Thirteen Un-Restricted All Alcohol license

            On May 3, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed House Bill 99 into law and thereby formally authorized the Boston Licensing Board to issue new “restricted airport licenses” to the restaurants, bars and airline clubs that sell all alcoholic beverages within the passenger terminals at Logan Airport.  These new “restricted airport licenses” cannot be transferred, as Continue Reading...
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