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Management Agreements – Use Caution

 Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: A restaurant, bar or hotel holding a liquor license may seek to delegate management responsibilities to another individual or entity through a contractual relationship, known as a management or operating agreement. This agreement requires approval from the local licensing authorities and Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (the “ABCC”), typically drawing substantial scrutiny from such Continue Reading...
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THE NEW LAW FOR DIRECT SHIPPING OF WINE INTO MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P Connell, P.C.: In January 2015, Massachusetts will become the most recent State to allow direct shipment of wines to consumers with the recent passage of the 2015 Massachusetts Budget. Section 61B of the 2015 Budget includes the new direct shipping provision which will be codified in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 138, § 19F. The new Continue Reading...
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HOSTING AN OPEN BAR, CAUTIOUSLY

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Hosting an open bar can be a great way to revitalize a stagnant restaurant business or entice partygoers to celebrate the New Year, but for liquor licensees it presents pitfalls and potential liability unless proper measures are implemented to ensure compliance with the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission’s (“ABCC”) controlling regulations. The ABCC has Continue Reading...
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COULD MASSACHUSETTS BE THE NEXT STATE TO ALLOW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER SHIPPING?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Massachusetts may be the next state in line to lift its current restrictions on direct winery direct shipments to in state residents.  Currently, Massachusetts law restricts out-of-state wineries from delivering directly to Massachusetts consumers by prohibiting wineries that produce more than 30,000 gallons a year and which have been represented in this state Continue Reading...
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THE CASE FOR MAINTAINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE CAP IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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