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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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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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