Cannabis

  • April 01, 2020

    FTC Sues Altria And Juul, Says $12.8B Deal Hurt Competition

    Altria Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion purchase of a stake in private equity-backed e-cigarette startup Juul Labs Inc. eliminated competition and violated antitrust laws, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday in announcing that it filed an administrative complaint against the companies.

  • April 01, 2020

    Hemp Co. CEO Hit With Sanctions In SEC Fight

    A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday overruled objections to a sanctions order against an industrial hemp company CEO and the company's co-principal in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit alleging they ran a scheme to illegally sell unregistered shares to the public.

  • April 01, 2020

    Hemp Co. Says Seed Producer Cutting It Out of US Sales

    A Wisconsin hemp seed seller is suing Canadian hemp company Terramax over Terramax’s efforts to terminate their contract to market industrial hemp seed in the U.S., claiming Terramax is just trying to give the rights to another business.

  • April 01, 2020

    Investors Say Phony Pot Cos. Scammed $1M Out Of Them

    Would-be investors in a cannabis operation said in a complaint filed in California federal court that they were duped into pouring more than $1 million into marijuana businesses on false pretenses and then strung along for years as they tried to get their money back.

  • April 01, 2020

    Fed Agencies Flag Ex-NFLer For Claiming CBD Cures Virus

    A former NFL player's CBD company has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly claiming the company's products can treat or cure COVID-19.

  • April 01, 2020

    Canadian Cannabis Grower To Restructure With $2.8M Loan

    Troubled Canadian cannabis grower James E. Wagner Cultivation Corp. said Wednesday that it will seek creditor protection as it undergoes restructuring with $4 million in interim financing from Trichome Financial Corp.

  • March 31, 2020

    Weed Dispensary Hit With TCPA Suit Alleging Spam Texts

    A Denver-based cannabis dispensary operator violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by spamming consumers with unwanted promotional texts using an autodialer system, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in Colorado federal court.

  • March 31, 2020

    Law Firm Pay Cuts, Layoffs Will Likely Multiply

    As Cadwalader pauses partner distributions and cuts staff pay and Pryor Cashman furloughs associates, a slew of other firms are likely to follow suit as the legal industry goes into crisis mode to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.

  • March 31, 2020

    Pot Co. CannTrust To Restructure Amid Investor Suits

    Struggling cannabis company CannTrust Holdings on Tuesday secured restructuring protection from a Canadian federal court, allowing the company to avoid bankruptcy while temporarily shielding it from creditors and investor lawsuits.

  • March 31, 2020

    FDA Seeks Extension Of Vape App Deadline Due To COVID-19

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sought court approval to extend an approaching deadline for e-cigarette regulatory applications, saying the novel coronavirus pandemic has ground clinical testing to a halt and crippled vaping supply chains.

  • March 31, 2020

    Dodaro Matta Booted From CBD Co. Fight At Exec's Request

    The Pittsburgh-area law firm of Dodaro Matta & Cambest PC can no longer represent a trio of CBD oil companies because of conflicts between the companies and their now-suspended president, whom the firm had represented but dropped, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • March 31, 2020

    Health Hires: Arnold & Porter, Winston & Strawn, Ice Miller

    Arnold & Porter nabbed a former high-ranking U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who oversaw supply chain safety, and Winston & Strawn LLP added new partners from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Bristol-Myers Squibb, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • March 30, 2020

    Cannabis Data Co. Says Conn. Court Can't Decide TM Suit

    PanXchange Inc. says a Connecticut federal court doesn't have the jurisdictional authority to preside over a lawsuit by cannabis price tracker New Leaf Data Services LLC accusing the market analytics company of infringing its "Hemp Benchmarks" mark, since PanXchange has no paid subscribers in Connecticut.

  • March 30, 2020

    NY Sens. Mull No Cannabis Legalization Or Small-Biz Tax Cuts

    New York’s Senate majority is considering killing state budget proposals to legalize and tax cannabis, eliminating proposed tax cuts for small businesses and changing city property tax abatement programs, according to a preliminary budget summary obtained by Law360 Monday.

  • March 30, 2020

    CBD Buyers Say They Shouldn't Have To Wait For FDA Action

    Consumers shouldn’t have to wait for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release further guidance on how it will regulate CBD products before they can sue over illegal products on store shelves now, a proposed class of customers told a California federal judge on Friday.

  • March 30, 2020

    Some Claims Weeded Out Of CBD False Ad Suit

    A Florida federal judge has trimmed some claims from a proposed class action that alleges a retailer misled buyers about the amount of cannabidiol, or CBD, in its products, saying the named plaintiff can’t bring claims for products she didn’t buy.

  • March 30, 2020

    Feds Settle Claims They Seized Legal Hemp Shipments

    The federal government has settled a class action over claims it improperly confiscated imported shipments of hemp, which is legal to import and export.

  • March 30, 2020

    Law Firm Mergers Dry Up Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

    After two record years for U.S. law firm combinations, deal-making has come to a screeching halt this spring as the nation grapples with a pandemic, in what could be the first time in four years the industry will see a decline in deals.

  • March 27, 2020

    The Attys And Legal Logic Behind Stay-At-Home Orders

    The attorneys helping draft cities’ and states’ stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic have been tiptoeing through a legal minefield, working long hours to carve out the kind of work that should be considered “essential” and to ensure local governments aren’t overstepping their authority.

  • March 27, 2020

    Jushi Can't Stop Harvest's Acquisition Of Fla. Medical Pot Co.

    A Colorado state appellate panel won’t let cannabis dispensary operator Jushi intervene in a medical marijuana business’ $65 million sale to Harvest Health & Recreation.

  • March 27, 2020

    Coronavirus Disputes May Turn On Little-Known Clause

    As the economy reels from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, an often overlooked clause included in boilerplate contractual language that may excuse businesses from their obligations due to "acts of God" or other events beyond their control has been getting a lot more attention.

  • March 27, 2020

    Harvest Health Pays $25M For Pa. Cannabis Cultivator

    Cannabis company Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. on Friday closed its acquisition of Pennsylvania marijuana cultivator and processor Franklin Labs LLC for $25.5 million, netting the company its first production facility in the Keystone State.

  • March 27, 2020

    CBD Co. Can't Shake Topical Cream Maker's Trade Secret Suit

    A CBD brand has lost its bid to kill a suit claiming it was part of a conspiracy to steal a formula for a hemp-based topical cream, with a Florida federal judge ruling the cream maker's claims of trade secret theft are strong enough to go forward.

  • March 27, 2020

    Lab Demands DOJ Reveal 'Secret' Cannabis Research Policy

    An Arizona cannabis research lab has sued the U.S. Department of Justice for records regarding the slow rollout of the federal government’s research cannabis growing program, suggesting the agency may have held up approvals to stall research supporting reclassification of marijuana.

  • March 26, 2020

    Harvest Health, Verano Ax Planned Merger Amid Virus Woes

    Cannabis companies Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. and Verano Holdings LLC announced on Thursday that the pair have abandoned plans for an $850 million merger announced last year, citing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Exclusion From COVID-19 Relief Must Be Remedied

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    Marijuana businesses — deemed essential in several states — are not able to tap into the $360 billion in U.S. Small Business Administration loans being made available in response to COVID-19, amplifying the disconnect between federal and state treatment of cannabis. Something can and should be done to fix this, says Zachary Kobrin at Akerman.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • SEC Investigation Shows Maturation Of Cannabis Scrutiny

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into accounting irregularities at cannabis giant Cronos Group shows a shift from rooting out fraud and manipulation in marijuana penny stocks, to applying more traditional enforcement scrutiny to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Create The Right Home Office Environment

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    In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.

  • 10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

  • BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout

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    The financial impact of COVID-19 is already starting to ripple through law firms in the form of diminished demand and time entry. A few lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and some new ideas can help firm leaders navigate the storm, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Remote Work For Lawyers

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    Remote working doesn’t work when people feel they must apologize for or hide it, and lawyers often feel that way — even in unavoidable, disaster-related scenarios like we see with the pandemic today, says David Pierce at Axiom.

  • Tips For Online Mediation In The Age Of Social Distancing

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    While mediating via an internet conferencing platform during the COVID-19 crisis, remember that visual interactions are of vital importance. A simple phrase can be transformed into a sincere inquiry, a shocked response or a sarcastic put-down depending upon how we visually convey that message, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • How To Manage Marketing Risks For CBD Products

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    Until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Congress clarifies the path forward for CBD products, companies can follow certain best practices — including actively monitoring the supply chain and avoiding aggressive health claims — to mitigate risks caused by inconsistent state laws and active plaintiff bars, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Updating Publicly Traded Company Disclosures For COVID-19

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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-reporting companies confronting the evolving COVID-19 pandemic should be aware of updated filing obligations to keep investors apprised of what new developments mean for their businesses, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • A Work-From-Home Tech Checklist For Law Firms

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    With law firms across the country implementing policies to ensure the safety of attorneys and staff and prevent the spread of coronavirus, Andrew Russell at Shaw Keller shares some tips for firms, particularly smaller firms, that may be transitioning to remote work now or in the coming days.

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