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Statutes And Laws In The “Pay-To-Play” Massachusetts Beer Industry Controversy

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: With newspaper and other media sources reporting last week on the investigation into the “pay-to-play” allegations surrounding the beer distribution business in Massachusetts, breweries, wholesalers and retail licensees within the Commonwealth should be familiar with some of the general legal issues and laws at play when regulators come to your establishment looking for Continue Reading...
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WHEN APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE CAN YOUR COMPETITORS OBJECT?

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The ABCC recently issued a decision that held that the City of Chicopee erred in refusing to grant a petition to transfer a license to a new proposed location that would have been operated by BJ’s Wholesalers. The license had been exercised for over 20 years by Winn Liquors, Inc., at a location Continue Reading...
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DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR THOSE HOLDING AN INTEREST IN A LIQUOR LICENSE

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Obtaining a retail on premise or off premise liquor license in Massachusetts requires full disclosure of all officers, directors and LLC managers of the licensee entity and every individual with a direct or indirect, beneficial or financial interest in the licensed business. G.L. c. 138, §15A and 204 CMR 2.01(6). Each license Continue Reading...
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LOOKING TO ADVERTISE YOUR COMPETITOR’S PRICES? BE CAREFUL!

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In July 2014, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) ruled on a false advertising case whereby Wegmans, a grocery chain with a Section 15 package store license located in Newton, Massachusetts, was investigated by the ABCC for violating 204 CMR 2.03 (2), the Massachusetts law prohibiting false, misleading, and deceptive advertising Continue Reading...
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Charity Wine License – Fill the Glass to Fill the Coffer

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Charitable organizations seeking to host fundraiser events deriving proceeds from the sale of wine is a great way to attract donors, but the charity must comply with alcoholic beverage licensing requirements and applicable regulations. The sale of wine at a charitable fundraiser falls within two distinct categories – Charity Wine Auction License (“CWAL”) Continue Reading...
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