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March 4, 2016

Town takes liquor violation fight to Beacon Hill

By Richard Price | The Grafton News The banners stretched outside the Village Dairy convenience store are confusing. “BEER & WINE ARE BACK!!!” the signs beckon. And they were. For a short while. Now, when a customer walks into the low slung baby blue neighborhood store on Main Street, they are greeted by a hand written sign: “Sorry. No wine-beer sale.” It’s also been confusing for town officials who are the licensing authority for alcoholic beverages. After the local business was caught four times since 2005 by police stings for selling to a minor, Selectmen were fed up and unanimously voted to revoke their license in 2013. But the owner, Amjad Chaundhry, fought back pleading with the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) that the penalty was draconian and beyond the letter of the law. The state board agreed and after two appeals and a day in court, issued the license themselves.
March 4, 2016

Town of Grafton, Massachusetts tries to permanently suspend beer and wine license of local business

My client, Village Dairy in Grafton, Massachusetts had served alcohol to a minor during a sting operation in 2013.  The Town of Grafton tried to suspend their beer and wine license permanently because this had happened before.  I successfully appealed the decision to the ABCC in Boston.  The ABCC directed the Town of Grafton to reinstate the license.  The town refused.  I successfully re-appealed the decision.  The ABCC again directed the town to reinstate the license but the town refused.  At that point, I asked the ABCC to reinstate the license, which the ABCC did in 2015. The Post Office Pub story is about a restaurant in Grafton which had multiple violations for selling to an underage minor but in that case, the town only suspended its license for three days.  The issue is why the selectmen gave The Post Office Pub a slap on the wrist but decided to punish my client, Village Dairy, with a permanent revocation of its license.