Tag Archives: Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Franchise Law and Introducing “New Brands” – Do They Have To Go To Your Wholesaler?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: As most wineries, breweries, distilleries and importers are aware, once a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages has regularly placed a particular “brand” with a Massachusetts wholesaler within the last six months, it cannot refuse to sell that “brand” to that wholesaler pursuant to G.L. c. 138, §25E in the absence of a written contract Continue Reading...

Craft Industry Boom Ties Up the TTB

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Filing an Application with the TTB for a Basic Permit, Brewery, Distillery or Winery Permit can be a daunting task with all of the documents and information required, but even when the application is finally ready for submission, trying to move the application through the TTB can be even more frustrating due to Continue Reading...

Alternating Proprietorships: What are they?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Ordinarily, a brewery that produces beer under its own name and at its own licensed facility. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”), however, recognizes two distinct forms of brewing operations in which more than one entity is involved: contract brewing, and an alternating proprietorship. The more familiar of the two, Continue Reading...

The New Direct Shipping License: Pros And Cons

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In July 2014, the Massachusetts legislature amended M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F in its entirety, and created a new type of license known as a “Direct Wine Shipper License,” that authorizes wineries holding such a license to sell and ship up to 12 cases of their wine a year per consumer directly to Continue Reading...


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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