A California judge on Friday rejected a cannabis company's bid for an early win in a rival's lawsuit seeking to nix its dispensary application with the city of Pasadena, saying during a hearing Friday that the company makes factual arguments inappropriate for a judgment on the pleadings.
A Canadian cannabis grower told a California federal court that a proposed investor class action claiming the company lost a third of its value amid allegations of self-dealing and sham distribution deals should be dismissed because it is based solely on a "misleading" short-seller attack.
An Oregon state court judge has rejected a pair of wineries' bid to ban their neighbors from operating a legal marijuana farm, saying the winemakers failed to prove that the marijuana could negatively impact their grapes.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local law enforcement seized and destroyed more than $3 million worth of lawfully grown hemp, mistaking it for marijuana, according to a lawsuit removed to California federal court Thursday.
Rimon PC announced Friday that a cannabis law partner has joined its Washington, D.C., office from Offit Kurman PA, making him the 28th partner to join the firm this year.
A multistate cannabis operator has sued a real estate company it says backed out of an agreement to pay for a $28 million expansion of its cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Illinois and owes at least $3 million for breaching the deal.
A woman suing multistate cannabis company Curaleaf for allegedly sending unwanted marketing text messages has told a New York federal judge that at this stage, she doesn't have to prove the company used an autodialer to send the messages to keep the suit alive.
From a proposal to overhaul California’s property tax system to imposing a graduated income tax in Illinois, voters will have the final say on a number of significant tax-related ballot measures on Election Day. Here, Law360 examines five measures that headline this year’s slate of initiatives.
A Massachusetts man injured when an electronic cigarette exploded in his pocket filed suit in Massachusetts federal court Friday against Samsung to hold the company responsible for manufacturing an "unreasonably dangerous" battery for the defective device.
A California marijuana extraction business facing criminal charges over its alleged illegal dumping of ethanol said Thursday that prosecutors must turn over all transcripts from the grand jury, suggesting prosecutors had brought the charges using "deceiving" evidence.
A California appeals court has ruled that an exclusive deal the city of Baldwin Park cut with Rukli Inc. to transport cannabis in the city is valid, saying the deal did not violate the state's marijuana laws because the Legislature did not intend to regulate anti-competitive behavior by municipalities.
The estate of a late Russian oligarch has asked a California federal judge to force arbitration of a suit by a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran claiming he is owed more than $1 million for his work on a cannabis venture.
An Illinois judge on Thursday punted on a request that he order state marijuana regulators to immediately issue craft cannabis grower licenses delayed by the pandemic, pushing back a ruling on motions filed by a grower trade group by at least a month.
The Montana Supreme Court rebuffed a last-minute challenge to the state's marijuana legalization ballot measure, saying an anti-drug group can't bring its lawsuit directly to the high court.
A Maine law reserving the state's marijuana business licenses for state residents is at the heart of another lawsuit, this time brought by local cannabis businesses and advocates who say the state can't just decide not to enforce it.
Nevada's cannabis regulator has approved five settlements with marijuana businesses over compliance lapses, collecting roughly $63,000 in fines from companies that failed to properly track products, keep employees licensed or adhere to pandemic safety mandates.
Tucker Ellis LLP announced that it has hired an attorney who guides breweries and cannabis dispensaries through state-level and federal regulatory regimes to help bolster the firm's business department in Chicago.
Marijuana delivery company Eaze has urged an Oregon federal judge to toss a suit lodged against it by a billboard advertisement firm over $1 million in unpaid fees, saying it was not party to the contracts at issue and that Oregon is not a proper venue.
A Pennsylvania medical marijuana patient and U.S. Army veteran has sued a county government for employment discrimination in federal court, claiming he was wrongly denied a job as a corrections officer because he failed a drug test.
On Election Day, voters will have the opportunity to turn the most densely populated state in the U.S. into the next haven for adult-use cannabis, while deep-red Republican strongholds may make medical marijuana a reality.
Canadian marijuana company The Flowr Corp. will buy a Toronto cannabis fund for 63 million Canadian dollars ($48 million) in a deal steered by three law firms including Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, the companies said Tuesday.
Three cannabis companies raised a total of $65 million in stock offerings Tuesday, with two operators notching their third equity raises this year as capital markets rebound gradually from a coronavirus-induced chill.
A pair of cannabis trade groups and a marijuana business owner asked a California state court to throw out a Los Angeles city ordinance that limits marijuana delivery licenses to social equity applicants until 2025.
The developer of an "anti-money laundering" digital token has told a federal judge in San Francisco that it shouldn't have to face U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud claims because the federal regulator had overlooked key "inconvenient facts" when it launched a suit concerning the company's sales pitch.
Cannabis company Trulieve slammed a motion for sanctions it is facing from a man who claims the company illegally pulled his employment offer based on a consumer report, saying the motion should be stricken from the record and his counsel should be sanctioned instead.
Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.
Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.
A plausible correlation between vaping and increased COVID-19 risk has already led to liability claims against e-cigarette manufacturers — but it is unclear whether plaintiffs will be able to prove causality, say attorneys and a scientific adviser at DLA Piper.
Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.
Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.
To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.
To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.
It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.
While local customs and precedent set by the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals prior to 2016 will likely be back upon the board's pending reinstatement, taxpayers and practitioners should be aware of several important practice and structural changes, say attorneys at Frost Brown.
The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.
Lawyers should use their unique skill sets, knowledge and spheres of influence to fight burdensome ID requirements and other voter suppression tactics that may influence the 2020 elections, and to participate in potential post-election litigation, say CK Hoffler and Allyce Bailey at the National Bar Association.
Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.
Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.
A Seventh Circuit judge's recent order granting leave for three organizations to file amicus curiae briefs in Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation is a reminder that relevant, nonduplicative amicus briefs can provide courts with helpful perspective, important facts and legal arguments, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.
With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.