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LARGE BREWERIES BATTLE TO BACK “BEER ACT” TAX BILL

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Large breweries and smaller “craft” breweries are battling over which recently introduced tax bill should be backed by Congress.  The excise tax for brewers producing more than 2 million barrels of beer annually is currently $18 per barrel, with each barrel up to 60,000 taxed at $7 and each additional barrel beyond that Continue Reading...
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MASSACHUSETTS LIQUOR STORES TO OPEN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On January 22, 2013, two bills were introduced in the House of Representatives that are intended to expand the potential hours of operation for Massachusetts liquor stores on Sundays.  House Bill No. 228, introduced by Representative Steven S. Howitt of Seekonk, would allow liquor stores to open their doors for business at 10 Continue Reading...
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THE BREWING BATTLE TO DISMANTLE THE NATION’S “FRANCHISE LAWS”

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On June 28, 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported on the brewing battle to dismantle the nation’s “franchise laws” that prevent manufacturers of alcoholic beverages from terminating their wholesalers. As the Journal reports, Diageo, the world’s largest distiller and the owner of many household brands of spirits, is seeking to terminate its wholesaler, Continue Reading...
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ABCC RESTRUCTURES APPLICATION PROCESS FOR RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: A new policy has been adopted by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) to simplify the application process for persons seeking retail alcoholic beverage licenses, such as those authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages at restaurants, pubs, lounges and liquor stores.  Effective Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the process aims to alleviate the delay Continue Reading...
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WHEN IS A SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISEMENT FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On May 13, 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and  Trade Bureau (“TTB”) created an alcoholic beverage industry circular to clarify rules regarding advertising practices for businesses in the alcoholic beverage industry. Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”) generally regulates such advertising practices within this industry. In light of society’s Continue Reading...
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