Cannabis

  • June 01, 2020

    Rhode Island High Court Upholds Medical Pot Patient's Firing

    Rhode Island's high court on Friday affirmed a decision finding that W.B. Mason did not violate employment laws when managers asked a supply driver who used medical marijuana to undergo a drug test and fired him after he refused.

  • June 01, 2020

    Blank Check Co. Negotiating Deal With Global Cannabis Corp.

    A blank check company on Monday announced its plans to combine with global cannabis company Clever Leaves, a sign the industry is open to investment by such companies as more of these entities form with an eye on the sector.

  • June 01, 2020

    PetSmart Facing Class Action Over Pet CBD Products

    A proposed class of customers is accusing PetSmart of selling a CBD oil for animals that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and that the company intended to mislead consumers about the product's legality.

  • June 01, 2020

    Consumers Say Co. Touts More CBD Than It Delivers

    CBD company Just Brands USA Inc. was hit with a proposed class action on Friday in California federal court alleging that the company inflates the amount of CBD on the labeling for its edible products and tinctures, with some containing no CBD at all.

  • June 01, 2020

    Pot Co. Acreage Raises $60M In Pair Of Funding Deals

    Cannabis company Acreage Holdings on Monday said it secured $60 million through a pair of funding agreements, including $10 million in debt secured with the company's medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut.

  • June 01, 2020

    Calif. Dispensary Latest Pot Company To Face TCPA Suit

    A medical pot dispensary in California was the latest in a slew of cannabis companies to face a proposed class action over Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations for allegedly sending unwanted spam marketing texts.

  • May 29, 2020

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: La. May Expand Medical Pot Access

    A Louisiana bill expanding the list of conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana and a Missouri bill placing stricter regulations on edible products advanced through their respective statehouses this week. Here, Law360 takes stock of some of the legislative developments in cannabis at the state and federal level.

  • May 29, 2020

    COVID-19 Securities Catch-Up: The 8 Biggest Investor Actions

    At least 50 federal securities cases with references to COVID-19 have been filed in the past three months, including merger challenges, regulatory enforcement actions and sprawling investor suits, according to a Law360 review of filings. As the pandemic pushes into the summer, Law360 is taking a look at eight major investor actions that were brought in connection with the novel coronavirus since March.

  • May 29, 2020

    Fla. Tells State High Court Medical Pot Statute Is Lawful

    Florida has told the state's high court that a medical pot dispensary is not likely to succeed in its claims that Florida's licensing system law for dispensaries amounted to an unconstitutional "special law," saying the statute is reasonable and rational.

  • May 29, 2020

    Columbia Care Accused Of Plot To Steal Fla. Pot License

    Cannabis industry juggernaut Columbia Care is facing a lawsuit in New York state court over claims it conspired to steal a Florida medical marijuana license from the company that applied for it.

  • May 29, 2020

    Can Cannabis Survive The Virus? The Cash Crunch Intensifies

    Nearly three months after the pandemic stay-at-home orders began, cannabis companies already facing a capital crunch are encountering fewer investors, more questions and harsher terms as they fight to raise the money to stay in business beyond COVID-19.

  • May 29, 2020

    Pot Marketing Co. Wants TCPA Suit Paused For High Court

    A cannabis marketing company has asked a California federal court for a timeout in a proposed class action over unwanted texts, saying the fate of the law that consumers are suing under hangs in the balance before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Nev. Officials Probe MedMen Exec's Campaign Contributions

    The Nevada secretary of state on Thursday said he is investigating allegations that former MedMen CEO Adam Bierman sought to evade campaign finance laws by pressing a former executive to donate to a Silver State politician.

  • May 28, 2020

    Pot Farming Not Protected Under Constitution, Judge Says

    A Washington federal judge has tossed due process claims brought by a pot growing operation that was forced to close after the county it was located in retroactively banned cannabis production, saying the right to cultivate cannabis is not a protectable property interest under the U.S. Constitution.

  • May 28, 2020

    Hemp Price Collapse Meets Bar For COVID-19 Aid, USDA Told

    A hemp industry group said prices for the crop have collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic, imploring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stanch the bleeding by including its farmers in a $19 billion relief fund.

  • May 28, 2020

    Santa Barbara Broke Law By OK'ing Pot Project, Group Says

    A group of Santa Barbara residents has sued the California county, saying its board of supervisors violated state environmental laws in its approval of a new cannabis development project.

  • May 28, 2020

    Canadian Pot Co. Says Investors Knew Of Contamination Risk

    Canadian cannabis company Sundial Growers told a New York federal court that a proposed shareholder class action over contaminated pot falls flat because investors were warned about quality control risks inherent to producing marijuana.

  • May 27, 2020

    Ark. Harvest Health Affiliate Must Drop Name Amid TM Row

    An Arkansas medical marijuana dispensary has won a preliminary injunction in state court blocking a Harvest Health and Recreation affiliate from using "Harvest" in its name, one of the first cases to test enforcement of trademarks in an industry where federal courts offer little relief.

  • May 27, 2020

    'Apocalyptic' Virus Merger Args Won't Work, FTC Official Says

    The head of the Federal Trade Commission's competition bureau warned merging parties on Wednesday that "failing firm" defenses of otherwise anti-competitive transactions will continue to fall on skeptical ears amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.

  • May 27, 2020

    Dispensary Tells 9th Circ. Pot Biz Tax Law Is Unconstitutional

    California cannabis dispensary Harborside is urging the Ninth Circuit to strike down a clause in the tax code that bars companies like it from taking business deductions, arguing in a brief filed late Tuesday that the clause is unconstitutional.

  • May 27, 2020

    Hemp Farm Says $9M Contract Fight Belongs In Ky.

    A Kentucky hemp farm is pushing back on an Oregon CBD processor's bid to toss a $9 million contract dispute from a federal court in the Bluegrass State, saying the processor is cherry-picking facts to defeat the suit on jurisdictional grounds.

  • May 27, 2020

    Philip Morris Hits Back At British American Tobacco In IP Row

    Philip Morris has struck back at a British American Tobacco subsidiary in a fight over e-cigarette technology, accusing the company of infringing three U.K. patents its rival is seeking to invalidate.

  • May 26, 2020

    Investor Says Atty Cheated Him Out Of Failed Pot Venture

    A California attorney helped to cheat an investor out of more than $1 million following the dissolution of a marijuana venture, according to a complaint filed Friday in California federal court.

  • May 26, 2020

    Judgment Reversed In Marijuana Fire Coverage Dispute

    A California appeals court sent to trial a landlord's suit over insurance coverage of a fire resulting from a tenant's illegal modification of the electrical system to grow marijuana, saying Tuesday that a jury needs to decide whether the landlord knew or could have found out about the tenant's actions.

  • May 26, 2020

    Justices Won't Hear Ohio Citizens' Pot Ballot Measure Fight

    Ohio residents on Tuesday lost their bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether and how the First Amendment applies to subject matter restrictions on ballot initiatives with regard to their efforts to get marijuana decriminalization measures on the ballot.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • 5 Tips For Emergency Relief Petitions During COVID-19

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    Business disputes are not a priority for courts right now, so companies looking to protect their trade secrets or rights to contractual performance must tailor their requests for emergency relief to the unique circumstances of this time, says Shannon Armstrong at Holland & Knight.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

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