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DOES A LOCAL LICENSING BOARD HOLD AUTHORITY TO ROLLBACK A LICENSEE’S HOURS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, when a local licensing authority (“LLA”) takes action to “modify” a licensee’s license, the licensee can normally appeal that action to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) for a hearing. M.G.L. c. 138, §67.  However, where a LLA decreases or otherwise changes the hours a licensee is authorized to sell Continue Reading...
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LAW OFFICES OF JOHN P. CONNELL PREVAILS IN ABCC DISPUTE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On March 21, 2013, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a thirteen page decision in the matter of Murflix, Inc. d/b/a Murphy’s Package Store (“Murphy’s”) in which the Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. represented Murphy’s in an appeal against the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Falmouth.  The ABCC Continue Reading...
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STOP & SHOP DENIED A LIQUOR LICENSE BUT VOWS AN APPEAL

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On March 18, 2013, The Harwich Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to deny the transfer of a liquor license from a liquor store going out of business to Stop & Shop, the venerable supermarket chain.  An overflow crowd spilled out from the meeting room where the public hearing was held into the hallway Continue Reading...
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CRAFT BREWERS MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT LIMITING THE LAW AGAINST TERMINATING A WHOLESALER-DISTRIBUTOR

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, G.L. c. 138, sec. 25E, a brewer, winery or distillery cannot terminate a Massachusetts wholesaler that has carried and distributed that manufacturer’s brand absent “good cause,” which can be difficult to prove.  (See our related Article “Legal Issues Involved When Alcoholic Beverage Suppliers Attempt to Terminate Brand Shipments to Wholesalers Continue Reading...
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“Trading” in Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Can Be Dicey

  Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: The owner of an alcoholic beverage license possesses a significant and transferable asset, the value of which depends upon the “market” for such licenses in the municipality where the license was issued.  The owner of an all alcoholic beverage license for on-premises service in Boston, for example, can sell its license to Continue Reading...
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