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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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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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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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WHEN DOES HAPPY HOUR RETURN IN MASSACHUSETTS?

Future may bring more drink specials, with a potential amendment to Massachusetts’ prohibition of “Happy Hour” specials.  The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) will be conducting public hearings this summer to gage the public’s opinion on whether the State’s current legislation banning “Happy Hour” drink specials should be amended.   For the past 28 years, the State has prohibited “Happy Hour” Continue Reading...