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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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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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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CITY OF BOSTON’S ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL LIQUOR LICENSES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:     A recent 12-1 Boston City Council vote seeks to empower the City of Boston to determine how many liquor licenses are issued and to allow local appointment of Boston Licensing Board members. In every city and town in Massachusetts, except the City of Boston, the number of liquor licenses each municipality is allowed Continue Reading...
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WHEN CUSTOMERS DON’T GET WHAT THEY PAID FOR

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Liquor retailers have made recent headlines after getting caught switching out the contents of top-shelf liquor bottles and selling their customers cheap liquor for more.  In the past year, over one hundred investigators for the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in the state of New Jersey participated in a probe known as “Operation Swill” Continue Reading...
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