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THE STATUS OF “BYOB” IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, restaurants in the possession of either an All-Alcoholic Beverages License or a Malt and Wine License are prohibited from allowing patrons to bring their own alcohol on to the premises, a practice widely known as “BYOB.”  Yet this statewide ban is only in affect when the restaurant has an existing Continue Reading...
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TRANSFERRING CONTROL OVER YOUR LICENSED BUSINESS WITHOUT APPROVAL CAN RENDER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Under Massachusetts law, any individual or corporation may transfer any existing alcoholic beverages license held under ch. 138 to another individual or corporation, provided that the local licensing authority and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) approves the requested transfer. When licensed businesses transfer managerial duties or other privileges of a license to Continue Reading...
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NEW YORK LAWS AID CRAFT BREWERS WHILE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE IDLES

On August 6, 2012, The Brewer’s Association reported that there are now more breweries in the United States than any time since 1887, and that 97% of those breweries are classified as small “craft brewers.”  Clearly, craft brewing is becoming one of those hot “emerging businesses” that state legislatures everywhere try to attract for their job and tax growth potential.  Continue Reading...
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Restaurant Lobbyists Prevail On Revising Legislative Ban Against Doctors Being Wined & Dined

Nearly four years ago, Massachusetts passed a broad state law entitled the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care—with the objective of curbing healthcare costs. The Act, pragmatically, resulted in a statewide ban against drug companies from giving items of value, including meals, to doctors. Meals were only permitted if provided during Continue Reading...
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