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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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SELLING WINE OVER THE INTERNET TO MASSACHUSETTS CONSUMERS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   Buying wine over the Internet from nationally known websites, such as wine.com or WSJwine.com, is a complicated process.  Massachusetts laws prohibit consumers from purchasing wine directly from wholesalers, out-of-state retailers, and out-of-state wineries not in possession of a Massachusetts Winery Shipment License, issued pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F.  Indeed, Massachusetts consumers Continue Reading...
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UNDERSTANDING CERTIFICATE OF LABEL APPROVALS (COLAs)

The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act), 27 U.S.C. §205(e), authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to prescribe regulations for the labeling of alcoholic beverages and requires that the TTB administer those regulations in order to prohibit the use of misleading statements on labels, to assure the use of adequate information as to the identity and quality of beverage products, Continue Reading...
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HOW CAN A LIQUOR LICENSE BE USED TO SECURE A LOAN?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, the holder of a liquor license can pledge his or her license to secure a loan. M.G.L. c. 138, §23.  In fact, many banks or other private lenders will not lend money to a licensee or someone seeking to purchase a license without a Pledge.  Accordingly, there are several legal requirements Continue Reading...
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ABCC HOLDS THAT “DE MINIMIS” FUNDS RAISED THROUGH ONLINE “CROWDFUNDING” NEED NOT BE DISCLOSED ON A STATE LICENSE APPLICATION

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In a decision dated November 20, 2013, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) held that “de minimis” amounts of money acquired through online “crowdfunding” websites need not be disclosed as a source of funds within an applicant’s state license application. This decision followed a September 4, 2013 hearing held at the ABCC Continue Reading...
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