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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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Boston to Receive 75 New Licenses Under Proposed Legislation

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Contained within a lengthy “economic development” bill, a State House Committee on July 29, 2014 released a proposed revision to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 138, which will, among other things, authorize the City of Boston to issue up to 75 new liquor licenses over the next three years. Under this new bill, the Continue Reading...
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The Dangers of Serving Alcohol to Customers With Out of State I.D.’s

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Tourism supports over 100,000 jobs in Massachusetts and contributes over $1 billion in state and local taxes. An out of state visitor attempting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the Commonwealth, however, may be surprised when their driver’s license is not accepted at a bar or package store because while many Massachusetts retail Continue Reading...
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