NJ ABC Lawyer Archives

The New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has released a revised Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook for retail licensees.  The NJ ABC Handbook provides a summary of many subjects that retail licensees may encounter during their day to day operations. The revised July, 2013 ABC handbook is available at the New Jersey ABC website. See this link to download the July, 2013 Handbook: http://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/downloads/abchandbook02.pdf New Jersey Class C Plenary Retail Licensees are required to have a copy of the ABC Handbook for Retail Licensees kept on the licensed premises and available for all employees.  For a list of other documents…

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On November 9, 2006, Frederick Voss was injured when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle operated by Kristoffe Tranquilino in Toms River, New Jersey. Voss, whose blood alcohol content was nearly two and a half times the legal limit at .196, pled guilty to DWI. Mr. Voss then filed a dram shop claim against Tiffany’s Restaurant, alleging that before the accident they had served him alcohol even though he was visibly intoxicated. Historically, dram shop acts make establishments which sell alcoholic drinks to visibly intoxicated patrons strictly liable to anybody injured by the drunken patron. N.J.S.A. 2A:22A-1 to -7, New…

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In the recent unpublished Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division case of North Star Saddle Brook Management, LLC v. Township of Saddle Brook and NJ Division of ABC, Docket No. A-3009-09T3, the Court summarized the procedure to be followed for a municipality to issue a new plenary retail consumption liquor license. The Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control found that the Township of Saddle Brook had no legal obligation to consider North Star’s application. The Director stated in his decision that before a new license is issued, the municipality must determine, by ordinance or resolution,…

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