Cannabis

  • June 29, 2022

    Curaleaf Wants Workers' Stolen Tips Suit To Go Up In Smoke

    Cannabis dispensary Curaleaf Holdings Inc. asked an Illinois federal court to toss claims that it stole the contents of a tip jar, arguing that it never agreed to pay those tips to workers in the first place.

  • June 29, 2022

    Giuliani Pal Gets 20 Months For Election Crimes, Fraud

    Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas on Wednesday was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison following his conviction at trial of campaign finance violations and his admission to conspiring to defraud investors in his anti-fraud startup Fraud Guarantee.

  • June 28, 2022

    House Bill Would Stop FCC From Weeding Out Cannabis Ads

    House lawmakers tacked language onto a Federal Communication Commission spending bill for next year to block the FCC from trying to prevent broadcasters from running ads for cannabis products in states with legalized marijuana.

  • June 28, 2022

    Calif. Court Tosses LG Exploding Battery Suit

    A San Diego man who suffered burns after a battery he used for vaping exploded in his pocket can't sue the manufacturer, a subsidiary of LG Corp., a California state appeals court ruled, saying the maker tried to prevent him from buying it.

  • June 28, 2022

    Neb. Tells 8th Circ. Right To Vote Doesn't Cover Initiatives

    The Nebraska Secretary of State told the Eighth Circuit on Monday that the federally protected right to vote does not extend to state citizens' efforts to put initiatives on the ballot.

  • June 28, 2022

    Ex-Mass. AG Returns To Foley Hoag As AG Practice Co-Chair

    Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has rejoined Foley Hoag LLP after a stint with embattled e-cigarette maker Juul and will be co-chairing its state attorney general practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    Pot Retailer Hit With Overtime Suit

    A marijuana retailer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay an employee overtime for tasks like responding to work inquiries after hours, the worker said in a lawsuit filed in Florida federal court.

  • June 28, 2022

    CBD Cos. Hit With TM Suit Over 'Full Send' Mark

    Cannabis seller FullSend has accused two rivals of stepping on its toes with a logo modeled too closely after its own and has asked a New York federal court to step in.

  • June 27, 2022

    Cointreau Settles TM Suit Against Cannabis Co. Canopy

    Liqueur manufacturer Cointreau Corp. has settled its trademark dispute with Cannabis giant Canopy over a CBD-infused sparkling water drink called "Quatreau," according to a notice filed in New York federal court Monday.

  • June 27, 2022

    Ex-Trump Official, Philadelphia Atty Must Face Fraud Claims

    A Trump-era State Department official and a Philadelphia attorney on Monday lost bids to escape claims they fraudulently induced an investor to pour millions into Greek medical cannabis companies, with a Pennsylvania federal judge finding a revised suit backed up the allegations.

  • June 27, 2022

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: NJ Sen. Eyes Legalizing Hallucinogen

    A leading New Jersey state senator has introduced a new bill to legalize the hallucinogen psilocybin for adults 21 and over, while lawmakers pitched bills on Capitol Hill to help cannabis companies access capital and veterans use medicinal marijuana. Here are the major legislative moves in cannabis and drug reform from the past week.

  • June 27, 2022

    Appeals Court Says Attys Had Enforceable Lien To Get Fees

    A Georgia law firm and two of its attorneys have a valid lien on bank accounts seized from two former clients in a criminal case over the alleged sale of synthetic THC at a rural convenience store, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

  • June 27, 2022

    Kansas Hemp Co. Sues State Governor Over $120K Seizure

    A Kansas delta-8 cannabinoid business owner is suing the state's attorney general and governor, claiming local law enforcement cost him more than $120,000 worth of property and cash during a raid that classified his merchandise as a Schedule I drug, according to a suit filed in federal court.

  • June 27, 2022

    Trade Secret Suit Over Anesthetic's Cocaine Ingredient Settled

    A drugmaker producing a cocaine-based anesthetic and the pharmaceutical company it sued for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets related to the safety of its pharmaceutical-grade cocaine hydrochloride have together asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to dismiss the case.

  • June 24, 2022

    Juul Wants Okla. Tribe's Nuisance, Product Safety Claims Cut

    Juul Labs Inc. has asked a federal court to trim an Oklahoma tribe's bellwether suit against the electronic-cigarette manufacturer, arguing that its public nuisance and consumer protection claims are not viable under recent interpretations of Sooner State law.

  • June 24, 2022

    Ariz. Judge Says Dispensary Must Rehire Union Organizer

    An Arizona cannabis dispensary must rehire a sales associate it fired in 2020 after she ran a unionization campaign at the store, an Arizona federal judge has ruled, granting an injunction request from a National Labor Relations Board official.

  • June 24, 2022

    Texas Justices Say Smokable Hemp Ban Is Constitutional

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a state ban on the manufacture and processing of smokable forms of nonpsychoactive hemp, finding that the hemp purveyors who challenged the law did not have a constitutionally protected interest affected by the ban.

  • June 24, 2022

    Mass. Atty Charged In Pot Shop 'Pay-To-Play' Scheme

    A Massachusetts attorney floated an illegal "pay-to-play scheme" to bribe a local police chief for his vote of approval for a proposed marijuana store in the city, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • June 24, 2022

    DC Circ. Blocks Enforcement Of FDA's Juul Vape Ban

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted Juul Labs Inc. an administrative stay on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to pull its e-cigarette products from the shelves, the same day the vape maker had asked the court to block the ban.

  • June 24, 2022

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

  • June 23, 2022

    Md. Defense Atty Gets Over 4 Years For Money Laundering

    A Baltimore defense attorney has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for using his firm's accounts to launder more than $1 million in drug money, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • June 23, 2022

    Pot Advocates Ask 8th Circ. To Put Neb. Election Law On Ice

    A Nebraska state law that would require medical marijuana advocates to collect signatures from a wide swath of rural counties to get a legalization initiative on the ballot is unconstitutional, advocates have told the Eighth Circuit.

  • June 23, 2022

    NY Cannabis Regulators Hire First Chief Equity Officer

    New York state cannabis regulators on Thursday approved the hiring of a point person to lead the state's efforts on social equity and agreed to open applications for adult-use cannabis processors starting next week.

  • June 23, 2022

    CBP Settles FOIA Suit Over Foreign Pot Workers Policy

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP have settled a Freedom of Information Act suit the firm filed over reports the agency decided Canadian cannabis workers weren't eligible to enter the U.S., which led to an overturned internal document contradicting officials.

  • June 23, 2022

    New Pot Banking Bill Introduced As SAFE Banking Act Falters

    Members of Congress on Thursday introduced new legislation to grant state-legal cannabis businesses access to financial services as reports emerged that the so-called SAFE Banking Act had been cut from another piece of legislation known as the America Competes Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Advising A Cannabis Business Amid Patchwork Of Regs

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    As the cannabis industry continues to grow, so does its widely varied patchwork of local, state and federal regulation, and practitioners should familiarize themselves with the specific rules on tax, real estate, intellectual property and banking applicable in the jurisdictions where their clients operate, say Patrick Hines and Fallon Martin at Hodgson Russ.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • 1st Amendment May Help Cannabis Cos. Beat TM Claims

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    Frederic Rocafort at Harris Bricken explains how the First Amendment’s free speech protections may present a legal recourse for cannabis brands facing trademark infringement claims — if they can show that their parodic marks have artistic relevance and do not intentionally mislead consumers.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Lingering Questions After 9th Circ.'s Delta-8 TM Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent holding in AK Futures v. Boyd Street that Delta-8 THC is legal should theoretically lead to the issuance of federal registration for marks covering such products, but key questions remain on intellectual property rights, congressional priorities, regulators’ stance and state law, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • CBD Cos. Must Beware COVID Claims Amid Gov't Scrutiny

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    In light of the latest batch of warning letters issued jointly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission, CBD companies should ensure their websites and social media do not make misrepresentations about their products’ ability to treat or prevent COVID-19, says Michelle Bodian at Vicente Sederberg.

  • Untangling A Web Of State Regulations For Cannabis Lounges

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    Though a number of states have legalized adult-use marijuana, progress toward widespread licensing of cannabis consumption lounges has been slow due to high operational costs and regulatory complexities that vary greatly from state to state, say Meital Manzuri and Alexis Lazzeri at Manzuri Law.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Tips For Avoiding Cannabis Patent Infringement Lawsuits

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    Cannabis companies can be proactive in addressing potential patent infringement issues at the front end with tactics ranging from clearances to inter partes review in order to avoid expensive consequences that competitors have recently suffered, including product exits, says Patrick Muffo at Seyfarth.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • The Future Of Legal Cannabis In The Nation's Capital

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    After emergency legislation to close unregulated marijuana gifting establishments recently failed in the D.C. Council following years of barriers imposed by the U.S. Congress, the future of legal cannabis in Washington is uncertain — but some scenarios have emerged as more likely than others, say Seth Gitner and Jonathan Havens at Saul Ewing.

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