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TERMINATING YOUR WHOLESALER DUE TO THEIR FAILURE TO USE “BEST EFFORTS”

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Alcoholic beverage manufactures such as instate and out-of-state breweries, wineries and distilleries are familiar with the Massachusetts “franchise law” that prohibits a manufacturer from (ever) terminating its established wholesaler unless it can prove “good cause” for doing so at the ABCC. Pursuant to G.L. c. 138, § 25E, there exists 5 separate grounds Continue Reading...
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Appeals Court Reverses Jury Verdict Against Bar Over Thrown Beer Bottle

Attorney John P. Connell and the Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. this week prevailed in the Massachusetts Appeals Court when that Court reversed a jury’s award of damages for a patron who was struck in the forehead by a beer bottle thrown by another patron at the now closed “Bar Room” formerly located on Broad Street in Boston. Continue Reading...
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The City of Boston and Devaluing The Pouring License

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On June 22, 2017, a Committee within the Boston City Council held a hearing seeking public comment on the City of Boston’s proposed request to the State Legislature to issue 152 new pouring licenses. The hearing generated arguments by and between those restaurants that already have purchased liquor licenses, particularly those located downtown, Continue Reading...
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JURY VERDICT AGAINST CITY FOR DENIAL OF LIQUOR LICENSE UPHELD BY THE APPEALS COURT

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In March 2017, the Appeals Court released its decision In Re: Quarterman vs. City of Springfield, wherein the Court upheld a verdict against the City of Springfield (“Springfield”) because its Liquor Licensing Board was found by a jury to have “retaliated” against a liquor license applicant where the Board refused to grant the Continue Reading...
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New U.S. District Court Decision May Be Ominous For Restaurant Employers

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On March 24, 2017, the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts issued a Memorandum of Decision denying a motion to dismiss a class action complaint filed against the defendants, JK & T Wings, INC. D/B/A Buffalo Wild Wings and BW-Leominster LLC D/B/A Buffalo Wild Wings (“Buffalo Continue Reading...
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