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THE LEGAL GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING A BREWERY IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  When establishing a brewery in Massachusetts, there are many legal factors to consider. Depending on the type of brewery business sought, different legal duties and regulations will be imposed on the applicant for a license. Awareness of these varying legal implications is crucial. To view our Firm’s “Legal Guide to Establishing a Brewery Continue Reading...
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ASSESSING THE “PUBLIC NEED” OF A LIQUOR LICENSE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  When approving the grant or transfer of a liquor license, a local licensing authority (“LLA”) determines the license’s “public need.”  Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 23, a LLA has the authority to approve the grant or transfer of a license “with a view only to serve the public need and in such Continue Reading...
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DOES A LOCAL LICENSING BOARD HOLD AUTHORITY TO ROLLBACK A LICENSEE’S HOURS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, when a local licensing authority (“LLA”) takes action to “modify” a licensee’s license, the licensee can normally appeal that action to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) for a hearing. M.G.L. c. 138, §67.  However, where a LLA decreases or otherwise changes the hours a licensee is authorized to sell Continue Reading...
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LAW OFFICES OF JOHN P. CONNELL PREVAILS IN ABCC CASE RELATING TO AN ALLEGED “UNDERUTILIZATION” OF A LIQUOR LICENSE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On April 9, 2013, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a decision for an unusual case in the matter of Karen A. McGovern d/b/a Puffin’s Restaurant (“Puffin’s”) in which the Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. represented Puffin’s in an appeal against the Town of Millbury Board of Selectmen (“Board”).   The Continue Reading...
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IT’S OFFICIAL: BEER PONG AND OTHER DRINKING GAMES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN MASSACHUSETTS LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, bar owners are generally not permitted to allow drinking games in their establishments.  Pursuant to 204 CMR 4.03(1)(h), “no licensee or employee or agent of a licensee shall encourage or permit, on the licensed premises, any game or contest that involves drinking or awarding of drinks as prizes.”  Exactly what constitutes Continue Reading...
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