Cannabis

  • October 23, 2020

    Calif. Pot Co. Can't Score Early Win In Rival's Licensing Suit

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Pot Co. Says Shoddy Short-Seller Attack Set Up Investor Suit

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Ore. Vineyards Can't Ban Neighbor From Growing Pot

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Farm Says DEA Destroyed $3M Worth Of Hemp

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Rimon Nabs Cannabis Atty From Offit Kurman

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Cannabis Co. Seeks At Least $3M Over Halted Expansion

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Curaleaf Customer Says It's Too Early To Toss TCPA Suit

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    5 Tax Ballot Measures To Watch On Election Day

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Samsung Sued Over Exploding E-Cigarette Battery

    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.

  • October 22, 2020

    Cannabis Co. Wants Grand Jury Transcripts In Dumping Case

    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.

  • October 22, 2020

    City-Exclusive Pot Transport Deal Is OK, Calif. Panel Says

    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.

  • October 22, 2020

    Oligarch's Estate Says Ex-Pot Co. CEO Must Arbitrate Fight

    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.

  • October 22, 2020

    Judge Says Ill. Pot Growers Have To Wait Longer For Licenses

    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.

  • October 22, 2020

    Montana High Court Rejects Challenge To Pot Legalization Bid

    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.

  • October 21, 2020

    Maine Pot Cos. Sue State To Enforce Residency Rule

    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.

  • October 21, 2020

    Nevada Pot Regulators Collect $63K In Fines Over Violations

    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.

  • October 21, 2020

    Tucker Ellis Adds Liquor, Cannabis Regulatory Pro In Chicago

    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.

  • October 21, 2020

    Eaze Wants Out Of Ad Firm's $1M Billboard Fee Suit

    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.

  • October 21, 2020

    Medical Pot Patient Sues Pa. County After Failed Drug Test

    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.

  • October 21, 2020

    5 States Poised To Legalize Pot At The Ballot

    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.

  • October 20, 2020

    3 Firms Guide $48M Canadian Cannabis Tie-Up

    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.

  • October 20, 2020

    3 Cannabis Cos. Raise $65M In Separate Stock Offerings

    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.

  • October 20, 2020

    LA Sued Over Delays In Marijuana Delivery Licensing

    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.

  • October 20, 2020

    Abramoff-Linked Crypto Firm Seeks Nix Of SEC Fraud Suit

    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.

  • October 20, 2020

    Trulieve Slams 'Ham-Fisted' Sanction Bid In Hiring Dispute

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    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.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    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.

  • Vaping And COVID-19: Plausibility And Causality

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    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.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    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.

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    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    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.

  • 5 Cost-Cutting Strategies For Corporate Legal Departments

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    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.

  • Guest Feature

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

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    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.

  • Guest Feature

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

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    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.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: What Appeals Board Reinstatement Means

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    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.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic

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    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.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Fight Voter Suppression This Election Season

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    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.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    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.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms

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    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.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Courts Should Welcome Well-Crafted Amicus Briefs

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    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.

  • What Hiring Law Firms Should Consider Instead Of Grades

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    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.

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