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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...


Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In February 2017, the ABCC released its decision In Re: Rose Garden Restaurant and Lounge (February 3, 2017), wherein the ABCC found that the licensee restaurant committed no violation of 204 CMR 2.05(2) (permitting an illegality on the licensed premises) or M.G.L. c. 138, § 69 (sale or delivery of an alcoholic beverage Continue Reading...

Towns And Cities Putting The Squeeze On Nips

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Towns and cities in Massachusetts such as Framingham and Wareham in recent years have debated whether to impose municipal wide regulations that would ban the sale of so-called “nips” from liquor stores operating within those communities. Nips (a term derived from the word “nipperkin,” meaning a unit of liquid measurement containing less than Continue Reading...

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...

Craft Industry Boom Ties Up the TTB

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Filing an Application with the TTB for a Basic Permit, Brewery, Distillery or Winery Permit can be a daunting task with all of the documents and information required, but even when the application is finally ready for submission, trying to move the application through the TTB can be even more frustrating due to Continue Reading...
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