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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...
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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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COULD MASSACHUSETTS BE THE NEXT STATE TO ALLOW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER SHIPPING?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Massachusetts may be the next state in line to lift its current restrictions on direct winery direct shipments to in state residents.  Currently, Massachusetts law restricts out-of-state wineries from delivering directly to Massachusetts consumers by prohibiting wineries that produce more than 30,000 gallons a year and which have been represented in this state Continue Reading...
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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CITY OF BOSTON’S ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL LIQUOR LICENSES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:     A recent 12-1 Boston City Council vote seeks to empower the City of Boston to determine how many liquor licenses are issued and to allow local appointment of Boston Licensing Board members. In every city and town in Massachusetts, except the City of Boston, the number of liquor licenses each municipality is allowed Continue Reading...
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LARGE BREWERIES BATTLE TO BACK “BEER ACT” TAX BILL

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Large breweries and smaller “craft” breweries are battling over which recently introduced tax bill should be backed by Congress.  The excise tax for brewers producing more than 2 million barrels of beer annually is currently $18 per barrel, with each barrel up to 60,000 taxed at $7 and each additional barrel beyond that Continue Reading...
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