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The New Direct Shipping License: Pros And Cons

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In July 2014, the Massachusetts legislature amended M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F in its entirety, and created a new type of license known as a “Direct Wine Shipper License,” that authorizes wineries holding such a license to sell and ship up to 12 cases of their wine a year per consumer directly to Continue Reading...
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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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COULD MASSACHUSETTS BE THE NEXT STATE TO ALLOW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER SHIPPING?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Massachusetts may be the next state in line to lift its current restrictions on direct winery direct shipments to in state residents.  Currently, Massachusetts law restricts out-of-state wineries from delivering directly to Massachusetts consumers by prohibiting wineries that produce more than 30,000 gallons a year and which have been represented in this state Continue Reading...
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SO YOU WANT TO BE A WINE IMPORTER? WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?

The Players: Importers vs. Distributors In the United States, the key players in the alcoholic beverage industry make up a three-tier system and this three tier system is the law in most states.  With respect to wine, the top-tier of this system is the winery or manufacturer that is producing the wine.  Foreign manufacturers often obtain an agent who represents Continue Reading...
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