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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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CHOOSING A LABEL FOR YOUR BEER: WHAT LEGAL FACTORS TO CONSIDER AND HOW TO GET IT APPROVED

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  There are an estimated 2,750 breweries in the United States, 50 of which are located in Massachusetts.  With the recent craft-brewery movement and the increasing number of contract brewing relationships in the industry, it is important for brewers to make their beer readily distinguishable in order to stand out in the market.  Good Continue Reading...
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BREW ON PREMISE – WHAT’S THE STATUS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, a brewer producing beer for mere personal or family use, and not for sale, does not need any license to do so.  Should the brewer intend to brew and sell its beer commercially however, licenses are needed at both the national level, through the Alcoholic and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Continue Reading...
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CRAFT BREWERS MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT LIMITING THE LAW AGAINST TERMINATING A WHOLESALER-DISTRIBUTOR

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, G.L. c. 138, sec. 25E, a brewer, winery or distillery cannot terminate a Massachusetts wholesaler that has carried and distributed that manufacturer’s brand absent “good cause,” which can be difficult to prove.  (See our related Article “Legal Issues Involved When Alcoholic Beverage Suppliers Attempt to Terminate Brand Shipments to Wholesalers Continue Reading...
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