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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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CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PROPOSES TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SOLD IN BOSTON PACKAGE STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 5, 2014, newly elected City Council President Bill Linehan filed a home rule petition for a law that would impose a 6.25% sales tax on alcoholic beverages purchased in Boston package stores.  The revenue generated from this proposed tax would be used to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse 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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HOW CAN A LIQUOR LICENSE BE USED TO SECURE A LOAN?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, the holder of a liquor license can pledge his or her license to secure a loan. M.G.L. c. 138, §23.  In fact, many banks or other private lenders will not lend money to a licensee or someone seeking to purchase a license without a Pledge.  Accordingly, there are several legal requirements Continue Reading...
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WHEN CUSTOMERS DON’T GET WHAT THEY PAID FOR

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Liquor retailers have made recent headlines after getting caught switching out the contents of top-shelf liquor bottles and selling their customers cheap liquor for more.  In the past year, over one hundred investigators for the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in the state of New Jersey participated in a probe known as “Operation Swill” Continue Reading...
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