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The Case Against Dismantling The Liquor License Quota System

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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WHEN APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE CAN YOUR COMPETITORS OBJECT?

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The ABCC recently issued a decision that held that the City of Chicopee erred in refusing to grant a petition to transfer a license to a new proposed location that would have been operated by BJ’s Wholesalers. The license had been exercised for over 20 years by Winn Liquors, Inc., at a location 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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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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