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The Case Against Dismantling The Liquor License Quota System

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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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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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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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CITY OF BOSTON’S ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL LIQUOR LICENSES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:     A recent 12-1 Boston City Council vote seeks to empower the City of Boston to determine how many liquor licenses are issued and to allow local appointment of Boston Licensing Board members. In every city and town in Massachusetts, except the City of Boston, the number of liquor licenses each municipality is allowed Continue Reading...
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AMENDMENTS TO MASSACHUSETTS LIQUOR CONTROL ACT IN DISCUSSION AT THE STATE HOUSE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On November 12, 2013, the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure held a public hearing at the State House in Boston to discuss various bills introduced in connection with the Massachusetts Liquor Control Act (M.G.L. c. 138).  Members of the alcoholic beverage industry came from throughout the Commonwealth to testify about Continue Reading...
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