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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 fundraising 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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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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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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