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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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10 NEW FULL VALUE BOSTON ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSES SURE TO GO QUICK

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Contained within an “Economic Development Bill” signed by then Governor Patrick in August 2014, the Massachusetts Legislature amended Chapter 138 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the state’s Liquor License Act, and allowed the City of Boston to issue 75 new liquor licenses, 25 of which were to be available in September 2014; 25 Continue Reading...
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Tap Room Issues for Breweries

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Applicants for brewery licenses and existing breweries in Massachusetts have come to see so-called “tap rooms” as a valuable source of potential or actual income for their business, and a great way to promote the brewery and the brand. However, both applicants and existing breweries should be aware of the licensing structure that Continue Reading...
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ABCC Issues New Policies Relating to Liquor License Applications

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On August 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a Memorandum On License Application Forms . Copy of the Memorandum can be found here. Under these new guidelines, in an effort to “streamline the retail alcoholic beverages application process,” the ABCC has now announced a few significant changes in policy Continue Reading...
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The Massachusetts Franchise Law and Introducing “New Brands” – Do They Have To Go To Your Wholesaler?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: As most wineries, breweries, distilleries and importers are aware, once a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages has regularly placed a particular “brand” with a Massachusetts wholesaler within the last six months, it cannot refuse to sell that “brand” to that wholesaler pursuant to G.L. c. 138, §25E in the absence of a written contract Continue Reading...
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