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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

State Liquor Authority – When Enforcing The Rules Goes Awry

The owner of a popular Greenpoint hotspot is suing the NYPD following its July 10, 2011 investigation and raid of Coco66 which is owned and operated by David Kelleran. In the lawsuit, Kelleran claims that the NYPD wrongfully poured out the club's entire inventory of wine, beer and liquor, because Kelleran's adjacent restaurant "68", had inadvertently bounced a check to the SLA — meaning that their liquor license was in jeopardy of being revoked. The SLA gave “68” 10 days to correct the mistake, but antsy police officers from Brooklyn's 94th Precinct rushed into Coco66 on the 5th day and dumped all the booze. Realizing their mistake (that they were in the wrong place not that they were 5 days too early), they proceeded to "68" where they dumped out all the booze. Kelleran estimates that the dumping cost his businesses "thousands and thousands" of dollars. If you find yourself having to deal with the State Liquor Authority or local police concerning a liquor issue, consult an experienced attorney knowledgeable of the Alcohol and Beverage Control Law. Doing so might save you "thousands and thousands" of dollars.


 


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