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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.