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TERMINATING YOUR WHOLESALER DUE TO THEIR FAILURE TO USE “BEST EFFORTS”

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Alcoholic beverage manufactures such as instate and out-of-state breweries, wineries and distilleries are familiar with the Massachusetts “franchise law” that prohibits a manufacturer from (ever) terminating its established wholesaler unless it can prove “good cause” for doing so at the ABCC. Pursuant to G.L. c. 138, § 25E, there exists 5 separate grounds Continue Reading...
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Appeals Court Reverses Jury Verdict Against Bar Over Thrown Beer Bottle

Attorney John P. Connell and the Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. this week prevailed in the Massachusetts Appeals Court when that Court reversed a jury’s award of damages for a patron who was struck in the forehead by a beer bottle thrown by another patron at the now closed “Bar Room” formerly located on Broad Street in Boston. 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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THE LIMITATIONS FOR LICENSED PREMISES CAUSED BY THE REQUIREMENT OF “CONTIGUOUS SPACES”

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: For decades, going to a restaurant that has a liquor license has been largely a stagnant experience in the sense that a patron usually dines either in a defined dining room area or in the bar area of that restaurant. Modern restaurant designs have blended the bar and dining areas, and some designs have Continue Reading...
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WHEN APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE CAN YOUR COMPETITORS OBJECT?

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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