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JURY VERDICT AGAINST CITY FOR DENIAL OF LIQUOR LICENSE UPHELD BY THE APPEALS COURT

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In March 2017, the Appeals Court released its decision In Re: Quarterman vs. City of Springfield, wherein the Court upheld a verdict against the City of Springfield (“Springfield”) because its Liquor Licensing Board was found by a jury to have “retaliated” against a liquor license applicant where the Board refused to grant the Continue Reading...
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BEER INDUSTRY PLAYERS SEEK COMPETING AMENDMENTS TO MASSACHUSETTS FRANCHISE LAW

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Massachusetts General Law Chapter 138 § 25E provides that any manufacturer of alcoholic beverages that makes regular sales of its branded products to a wholesaler for a period of six months or longer has entered into a binding agreement with that wholesaler for that particular brand that can only be terminated by the Continue Reading...
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ABCC DISAPROVES BOSTON’S EFFORT TO BAN “NIPS AND SINGLES” WHEN SELLING A LIQUOR STORE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In December 2016, the ABCC released its decision In Re: Codman Square Liquors (December 16, 2016) wherein the ABCC disapproved the City of Boston’s imposition of a “no nips or singles” condition on a Section 15 liquor store license transfer between a liquor store operating for 35 years in Dorchester and the buyer’s Continue Reading...
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Regulators Of Alcoholic Beverages Can Be Found Individually Liable When Interfering With Constitutional Right To Free Commercial Speech

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Free speech prevailed for Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery in its recent six-year battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Back in 2009 when the brewery released it’s new Belgian-style IPA called “Raging Bitch,” the Michigan Liquor Control Commission quickly banned it from being sold in the state. The Commission considered “Raging Bitch” to Continue Reading...
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OTHER PROSCRIBED PRACTICES BY MANUFACTURERS AND WHOLESALERS: SHELF PLANS AND SCHEMATICS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In the wake of the ABCC’s recent decision against the Craft Brewers Guild in the so-called “pay-to-play” investigation, another proscribed practice by manufacturers and wholesalers has also been addressed by the regulators: the practice of providing liquor stores with shelf plans or schematics that go beyond just a stand-alone marketing tool. On February Continue Reading...
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