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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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OTHER PROSCRIBED PRACTICES BY MANUFACTURERS AND WHOLESALERS: SHELF PLANS AND SCHEMATICS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In the wake of the ABCC’s recent decision against the Craft Brewers Guild in the so-called “pay-to-play” investigation, another proscribed practice by manufacturers and wholesalers has also been addressed by the regulators: the practice of providing liquor stores with shelf plans or schematics that go beyond just a stand-alone marketing tool. On February Continue Reading...
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Tap Room Issues for Breweries

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Applicants for brewery licenses and existing breweries in Massachusetts have come to see so-called “tap rooms” as a valuable source of potential or actual income for their business, and a great way to promote the brewery and the brand. However, both applicants and existing breweries should be aware of the licensing structure that Continue Reading...
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The New Direct Shipping License: Pros And Cons

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In July 2014, the Massachusetts legislature amended M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F in its entirety, and created a new type of license known as a “Direct Wine Shipper License,” that authorizes wineries holding such a license to sell and ship up to 12 cases of their wine a year per consumer directly to Continue Reading...
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DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR THOSE HOLDING AN INTEREST IN A LIQUOR LICENSE

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Obtaining a retail on premise or off premise liquor license in Massachusetts requires full disclosure of all officers, directors and LLC managers of the licensee entity and every individual with a direct or indirect, beneficial or financial interest in the licensed business. G.L. c. 138, §15A and 204 CMR 2.01(6). Each license Continue Reading...
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