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Statutes And Laws In The “Pay-To-Play” Massachusetts Beer Industry Controversy

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: With newspaper and other media sources reporting last week on the investigation into the “pay-to-play” allegations surrounding the beer distribution business in Massachusetts, breweries, wholesalers and retail licensees within the Commonwealth should be familiar with some of the general legal issues and laws at play when regulators come to your establishment looking for Continue Reading...
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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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THE CASE FOR MAINTAINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE CAP IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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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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