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JURY VERDICT AGAINST CITY FOR DENIAL OF LIQUOR LICENSE UPHELD BY THE APPEALS COURT

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In March 2017, the Appeals Court released its decision In Re: Quarterman vs. City of Springfield, wherein the Court upheld a verdict against the City of Springfield (“Springfield”) because its Liquor Licensing Board was found by a jury to have “retaliated” against a liquor license applicant where the Board refused to grant the Continue Reading...
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ABCC FINDS SHAW’S SUPERMARKET IN VIOLATION FOR SELLING BEER AT PRICE BELOW INVOICED COST

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In a recent ABCC decision, the ABCC issued Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc. a “warning” after finding that Shaw’s sold 30-packs of certain well known beer brands for $19.99 when it was determined Shaw’s had actually purchased those 30-packs from a beer distributor for $20.60 a 30-pack. See In Re: Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc. (October 19, Continue Reading...
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Craft Brewers Seeking To Create Their Own Wholesale Companies And By-Pass Traditional Distributors With Their Franchise Entanglements

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: As reported in today’s Boston Globe, Night Shift Brewing Company of Everett, a farmer-brewer licensed pursuant to G.L. c. 138, section 19C, has commenced its own wholesaler business pursuant to G.L. c. 138, Section 18, so as to avoid using the more established wholesalers/distributors in Massachusetts. Such traditional brewer-wholesaler distribution arrangements reduce significantly Continue Reading...
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M.S. WALKER LOSES EPIC 25E BATTLE WITH CONSTELLATION BRANDS AT ABCC

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 11, 2016, the ABCC rendered its Memorandum And Order On Respondent’s Motion For Summary Judgment in the long-running litigation between M.S. Walker, Inc. and Constellation Brands, Inc., which seemingly has ended at the ABCC, anyway, M.S. Walker’s attempt to retain continued shipments of certain wine brands pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, 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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