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ASSESSING THE “PUBLIC NEED” OF A LIQUOR LICENSE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  When approving the grant or transfer of a liquor license, a local licensing authority (“LLA”) determines the license’s “public need.”  Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 23, a LLA has the authority to approve the grant or transfer of a license “with a view only to serve the public need and in such Continue Reading...
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DOES A LOCAL LICENSING BOARD HOLD AUTHORITY TO ROLLBACK A LICENSEE’S HOURS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, when a local licensing authority (“LLA”) takes action to “modify” a licensee’s license, the licensee can normally appeal that action to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) for a hearing. M.G.L. c. 138, §67.  However, where a LLA decreases or otherwise changes the hours a licensee is authorized to sell Continue Reading...
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WHAT BARS SHOULD KNOW BEFORE HIRING A BOUNCER

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In 2007, Mayor Menino signed “Imette’s Law,” making it mandatory for bouncers to submit to a background check and training prior to being hired at any Boston bar or club. The law was named after Imette St. Guillen, a 24-year-old Boston native who was murdered in Brooklyn and last seen working at a Continue Reading...
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LAW OFFICES OF JOHN P. CONNELL PREVAILS IN ABCC DISPUTE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  On March 21, 2013, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a thirteen page decision in the matter of Murflix, Inc. d/b/a Murphy’s Package Store (“Murphy’s”) in which the Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. represented Murphy’s in an appeal against the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Falmouth.  The ABCC Continue Reading...
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CITIES CRACK DOWN ON FOOD SERVICE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Retailers licensed to sell food and alcohol may be at risk of losing their licenses as cities crack down on what constitutes adequate food service.  Under Massachusetts law, any license issued for the sale of alcohol at a “restaurant” will not be renewed if a licensee fails to show he is in good Continue Reading...
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