Cannabis

  • August 07, 2020

    Nev. Pot Regulators Sign Off On Settlement In License Fight

    Nevada's Cannabis Compliance Board voted Friday to approve a controversial partial settlement in the sweeping litigation over the state's marijuana licensing process over complaints from business owners who see the deal as a continuation of the favoritism alleged in the suit.

  • August 07, 2020

    Pot Co. Wants Case Paused Until Justices' Autodial Decision

    A California cannabis hydroponics supplier has asked a federal judge to stay a proposed class action accusing it of spamming customers with texts because the Supreme Court's forthcoming ruling in Facebook v. Duguid may have bearing on the case, to which the plaintiff has shot back in opposition.

  • August 07, 2020

    Harvard Tax Clinic Urges 9th Circ. To Reconsider $2M Pot Row

    A Ninth Circuit panel erroneously dismissed a U.S. Tax Court petition by two cannabis companies for missing a filing deadline, meriting a reconsideration, a Harvard legal clinic told the circuit court in an amicus brief filed Friday.

  • August 07, 2020

    Ex-Pot Co. Exec Gets $3.7M Asset Freeze Against Oligarch

    A federal magistrate judge has put holds on more than $3.7 million in assets allegedly held by a deceased Russian oligarch who was accused by an ex-employee of helping to drive a California pot business into the ground.

  • August 07, 2020

    Mich. Pot Regulator Recalls Joints After Worker Licked One

    Michigan marijuana regulators have issued a product recall for contaminated prerolled joints sold to retailers in a dozen municipalities after an employee at a processing facility allegedly licked a product while making it.

  • August 06, 2020

    Woodstock Mark Can't Be Used To Sell Pot, 2nd Circ. Told

    The company that owns the rights to the Woodstock music festival cannot extend their trademark rights of the name "Woodstock" to a line of federally illegal marijuana products, the Second Circuit was told on Wednesday.

  • August 06, 2020

    Judge Halts Calif. Pot Delivery Trial With Last-Minute Question

    A much-anticipated trial in a lawsuit brought by a group of California municipalities against the state's chief cannabis regulator over marijuana delivery was put on hold Thursday after the judge said she has questions about whether the municipalities have standing to sue.

  • August 06, 2020

    Hemp Cos. Challenge Texas' Smokable Product Sale Ban

    Four Texas hemp retailers and manufacturers are challenging the constitutionality of a new health department regulation banning the distribution and retail sale of hemp-derived smokable products by Lone Star State companies, arguing the ban tramples on businesses' economic liberties.

  • August 06, 2020

    Ex-Cannabis Co. CEO To Pay SEC $1.4M For Securities Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission levied a $1.4 million disgorgement order against the former CEO of now-defunct pot company Fusion Pharm, who is currently serving a five-year prison term after pleading guilty to a roughly $12.2 million securities fraud scheme.

  • August 06, 2020

    Calif. County Can't Use Zoning To Seize Pot Plants, Court Says

    A medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Cruz County, California, will get a second chance in its fight to recover more than 2,000 marijuana plants seized by local law enforcement after a state appellate court said a lower court was wrong to toss its suit.

  • August 06, 2020

    Mass. Pot Shop Fined For Selling Faulty Vape Cartridges

    A medical marijuana clinic, cultivator and manufacturer has agreed to pay $120,000 after Massachusetts' cannabis regulator investigated it for selling wholesale vape cartridges that failed lab testing for ethanol levels.

  • August 06, 2020

    Paul Hastings Nabs Sidley Pair For FDA Regulatory Group

    Paul Hastings LLP has boosted its capabilities in the life sciences arena by hiring two U.S. Food and Drug Administration-focused attorneys for its Washington, D.C., office from Sidley Austin LLP.

  • August 05, 2020

    SEC Reinstates Accountant Barred Over Cannabis Co. Audits

    An audit manager who was temporarily barred from appearing before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly ignoring red flags in a cannabis company's financial statements has been granted permission to practice as an accountant before the federal regulator.  

  • August 05, 2020

    DOJ Says Pot Study Fight Doesn't Belong In 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Justice has said that a medical marijuana research lab's fight to reschedule the drug does not belong in the Ninth Circuit because the researchers had not exhausted their administrative review options.

  • August 05, 2020

    Great-Grandma Sues Disney Over Magic Kingdom CBD Arrest

    A great-grandmother represented by George Floyd's lawyer filed suit against The Walt Disney Co. for $18 million on Wednesday, claiming she was improperly arrested and strip-searched for having a bottle of CBD oil while trying to enter Disney World's Magic Kingdom after law enforcement tested the oil and found no presence of THC.

  • August 05, 2020

    Cannabis Operator TerrAscend Names New Top Lawyer

    TerrAscend Corp., which operates several cannabis brands across the country, announced Wednesday the appointment of a new chief legal officer and departure of its former general counsel.

  • August 05, 2020

    Canopy Says It Warned Investors About Pot Market Risks

    Canopy Growth Corp. asked a New Jersey federal judge to toss a class action filed by shareholders who claim it misled them on the strength of the Canadian cannabis market, saying it had repeatedly warned investors that the market was unpredictable.

  • August 04, 2020

    Calif. Cities Take Fight Over Pot Delivery To Trial

    A dispute between a group of California municipalities and the state's Bureau of Cannabis Control will go to trial Thursday in a case that could end up limiting the spread of legalized cannabis businesses in the Golden State.

  • August 04, 2020

    More Finance Tools Go Hand-In-Hand With Larger SPAC Deals

    Blank check initial public offerings and their subsequent acquisitions are getting larger as more market players take advantage of additional financing tools, according to a report released Tuesday by Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • August 04, 2020

    Exploding E-Cig Victim Says LG Launders Bad Batteries

    LG Chemical LTD knowingly sells substandard lithium-ion batteries to distributors that replace the LG branding with their own before selling the batteries for unintended devices, according to a man who filed a negligence suit Tuesday in Georgia federal court after his vape and battery caught fire in his pocket.

  • August 04, 2020

    Cannabis Cos. Ask 9th Circ. To Rehear Day-Late $2M Tax Row

    A $2 million tax dispute between the Internal Revenue Service and California-based cannabis companies should be reconsidered by the Ninth Circuit, the companies said Tuesday, arguing that their day-late petitions should be reviewed on their merits by the U.S. Tax Court.

  • August 04, 2020

    Mass. Pot Regulator Again Eases Restrictions On Vapes

    Massachusetts' marijuana regulator has again eased the state's vaping product restrictions, once the strictest in the country, this time to allow vape products manufactured before December 2019 to be retested and released, reclaimed or disposed of.

  • August 04, 2020

    Weed Fraudster's Plea Bars His Challenge Of 8-Year Sentence

    The Tenth Circuit declined on Tuesday to hear the appeal of a convicted fraudster in a marijuana-related stock scheme who alleged that he signed a plea agreement due to an ineffective attorney, with the court saying that the agreement waived the right to an appeal. 

  • August 04, 2020

    Rising Star: Hamburg Rubin's William Roark

    William Roark of Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC represented the bulk of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana permit holders in a suit over the future of the program, helping stave off a challenge that would have cost his clients their licenses, earning himself a spot among the cannabis attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 Rising Stars.

  • August 03, 2020

    Pot Co. Can't Invoke Constitution In License Fight, Court Told

    The city of Portland, Maine, told a federal judge Monday that a cannabis business with ties to industry giant Acreage Holdings cannot pursue its suit alleging that a city policy favoring local residents is unconstitutional since marijuana is federally illegal.

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing Upward And Downward Trends In Legal Tech

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    Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.

  • Opinion

    ABA's New Guidance On Litigation Funding Misses The Mark

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    The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • What Firms Should Ask Before Hiring Attorneys From Gov't

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    In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • The Ethics Of Using Chatbots For Legal Services

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    Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

  • Opinion

    ABA Must Seize Opportunity To Respond To Bar Exam Chaos

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    The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.

  • Hemp Cos. Should Narrow Filings After TTAB's Stanley Ruling

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    Following the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's recent rejection of Stanley Brothers' application for hemp oil drops sold as food supplements, companies should keep their CBD product trademark applications strategically specific, say Adam Fox and Joseph Grasser at Squire Patton.

  • How Pandemic Is Affecting The Pace Of Judicial Opinions

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.

  • 6 Steps For Law Firms Looking To Improve Their Culture

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    The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.

  • Virtual Courts Amplify Lawyers' Corporate Spokesperson Role

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    Greater access to virtual court proceedings during the pandemic means an increased likelihood that legal arguments will jump from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, so counsel must tailor statements with the client's reputation in mind, says Mike Dolan at Finsbury.

  • Law Firms Must Note Pandemic's Outsize Impact On Women

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • The 'Rocket Docket' Show Goes On Despite Setbacks

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    After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Pandemic Lays Bare The Inequities Inherent In The Bar Exam

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    The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.

  • Understanding The 5 Stages Of Mediation In A Virtual World

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    Mediation is a process with defined stages, but the rise of virtual mediation may inject changes into each stage that may soon spread to in-person mediations and influence the expectations of participants, says Wynne Carvill at JAMS.

  • Pandemic May Change The Way We Design Our Courthouses

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    With access to courthouses currently curtailed, it is worthwhile to reflect on the design considerations that go into making these buildings work for the legal profession, and how the COVID-19 crisis might leave its imprint on these public spaces, says Elisabeth Ross at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Mediator Confidentiality Promises Carry Serious Risks

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    A mediation agreement that promises to keep evidence confidential could result in a legal malpractice case for the mediator, and the risk has increased in the COVID-19 era of online sessions, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

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