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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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THE CASE FOR MAINTAINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE CAP IN MASSACHUSETTS

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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SELLING WINE OVER THE INTERNET TO MASSACHUSETTS CONSUMERS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   Buying wine over the Internet from nationally known websites, such as wine.com or WSJwine.com, is a complicated process.  Massachusetts laws prohibit consumers from purchasing wine directly from wholesalers, out-of-state retailers, and out-of-state wineries not in possession of a Massachusetts Winery Shipment License, issued pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F.  Indeed, Massachusetts consumers Continue Reading...
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PROPOSED LEGISLATURE MAY ALLOW ON-PREMISES “POURING” LICENSES TO BE GRANTED TO OFF-PREMISES RETAIL STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Generally, in Massachusetts, a retail package store is authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off-premises only.  Such an establishment is prohibited from offering alcoholic beverages for consumption on-premises. M.G.L. c. 138, §15.  If House Bill 3420 is passed into law, however, local licensing authorities would be authorized to issue a license pursuant Continue Reading...
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