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THE DO’S AND DONT’S OF IDENTIFYING WINE REGIONS ON LABELS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  “When it comes to wine, there is no ingredient more important than location,” explains the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place & Origin, a petition aimed to discourage the misapplication of geographic regions on wine labels.  Advocators and signatories of this petition include the regions of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Champagne, and Chianti Continue Reading...
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UNDERSTANDING CERTIFICATE OF LABEL APPROVALS (COLAs)

The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act), 27 U.S.C. §205(e), authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to prescribe regulations for the labeling of alcoholic beverages and requires that the TTB administer those regulations in order to prohibit the use of misleading statements on labels, to assure the use of adequate information as to the identity and quality of beverage products, Continue Reading...
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PROPOSED LEGISLATURE MAY ALLOW ON-PREMISES “POURING” LICENSES TO BE GRANTED TO OFF-PREMISES RETAIL STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Generally, in Massachusetts, a retail package store is authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off-premises only.  Such an establishment is prohibited from offering alcoholic beverages for consumption on-premises. M.G.L. c. 138, §15.  If House Bill 3420 is passed into law, however, local licensing authorities would be authorized to issue a license pursuant Continue Reading...
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WALSH ADMINISTRATION PUSHES FOR LATE-NIGHT HOURS IN THE CITY OF BOSTON

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 10, 2014, newly appointed mayor Martin Walsh named John Barros to be Boston’s first chief of economic development.  Now, Barros is moving fast to spur economic development and push for a livelier city.  Among his top priorities is a proposal for later closing hours for Boston restaurants and bars. Currently, pursuant Continue Reading...
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ABCC HOLDS THAT “DE MINIMIS” FUNDS RAISED THROUGH ONLINE “CROWDFUNDING” NEED NOT BE DISCLOSED ON A STATE LICENSE APPLICATION

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In a decision dated November 20, 2013, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) held that “de minimis” amounts of money acquired through online “crowdfunding” websites need not be disclosed as a source of funds within an applicant’s state license application. This decision followed a September 4, 2013 hearing held at the ABCC Continue Reading...
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