Cannabis

  • January 27, 2022

    GenCanna Trustee Wants $50K Back From Hemp Group

    The trustee overseeing the wind-down of bankrupt hemp company GenCanna has filed a new complaint in Kentucky federal court seeking to claw back $50,000 the company purportedly paid to trade advocacy group Hemp Industries Association.

  • January 27, 2022

    The Term: Breyer's Legacy And The Nomination To Come

    Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday formally announced he would be retiring at the end of the Supreme Court term. Here, The Term breaks down the legacy he will leave behind and takes a look at what lies ahead for his potential successor with two special guests.

  • January 27, 2022

    Attys Seek $150K Fee Award In Cannabis Cos.' TCPA Deal

    A class of Washington state residents who received unsolicited commercial text messages from two cannabis companies has moved to secure $150,000 in attorney fees after striking a deal to settle their Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims for $618,000 in store vouchers.

  • January 27, 2022

    Breyer Retiring As Supreme Court Lurches Right

    Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court at a time when his conservative colleagues on the bench seem intent on dismantling landmark precedents on abortion, affirmative action and the administrative state, to name a few. Can his successor preserve his liberal legacy?

  • January 27, 2022

    Lippes Mathias IP Pro, Ex-Mars Counsel Joins CBD Co. Board

    International CBD company Chill Brands Group announced Thursday that it has appointed a co-chair of Lippes Mathias' intellectual property team and former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner to its board of directors as an independent, non-executive director.

  • January 27, 2022

    Real Estate Broker Hits Cannabis Co. 4Front With $19M Suit

    Real estate broker Savills Inc. sued cannabis company 4Front Ventures in New York federal court Thursday, claiming it put together a deal with over $129 million in government incentives for a new Illinois facility but 4Front hasn't paid it millions in fees they contracted for.

  • January 27, 2022

    Feds Can Prosecute State Marijuana Licensees, 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit refused to revive claims accusing the U.S. Department of Justice of misappropriating federal funds to prosecute three medical marijuana business associates from Maine accused of running a black-market operation, despite them possessing marijuana business licenses from the state.

  • January 27, 2022

    Judge Jackson Back In Spotlight As High Court Contender

    The upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court quickly threw the spotlight back on D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer whose stature as a likely successor to the retiring justice was suddenly raised Wednesday.

  • January 27, 2022

    Biden At His Side, Justice Breyer Announces Retirement

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer joined President Joe Biden at the White House Thursday to formally announce his retirement, kicking off a rush among Democrats to confirm a new member of the court to replace the oldest serving justice.

  • January 26, 2022

    Democrats Plan Swift Confirmation Of Breyer Successor

    The U.S. Senate's Democratic leaders pledged Wednesday to move swiftly to confirm a successor for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is expected to formally announce his retirement Thursday.

  • January 26, 2022

    Mississippi Lawmakers Send Medical Pot Bill To Governor

    Mississippi lawmakers on Wednesday approved a medical marijuana bill, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves' desk with broad enough support to override a veto and positioning the state to become the 37th to legalize cannabis for medical use.

  • January 26, 2022

    Calif. County Beats Pot Shop's Suit Over Destroyed Cannabis

    A California appellate court has sided with a county government in its fight against a medical cannabis business's petition to recover the costs of property that was damaged or destroyed in four raids, including a crop of marijuana plants purportedly worth $75 million, finding that the business brought its claim too late.

  • January 26, 2022

    Hemp Seed Co. Sues Grower Over $3M Delivery Dispute

    A cannabis seed company has sued a Nevada hemp grower in Oregon federal court over claims that it broke its promise to accept the entirety of a nearly $3 million seed order.

  • January 26, 2022

    Canadian Cannabis Firm Seeks Protection From Creditors

    A Vancouver cannabis distributor sought protection from creditors Wednesday in a British Columbia court, saying it needed a 30-day period staying creditor actions while it pursues restructuring efforts.

  • January 26, 2022

    Meet The Possible Nominees For Justice Breyer's Seat

    President Joe Biden has promised to nominate the first-ever Black woman to the nation's highest court. Here we look at the contenders for Justice Stephen Breyer's seat, including one notable front-runner.

  • January 26, 2022

    Colo. Marijuana Security Workers End Yearslong OT Dispute

    Helix TCS security guards agreed Wednesday to dismiss their lawsuit in Colorado federal court alleging the marijuana security firm failed to pay them overtime, ending the 5-year-old suit that took a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 26, 2022

    'Just Do Your Job': Justice Breyer's Legacy Of Pragmatism

    With the coming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court loses not only a core member of its liberal bloc, but also a judicial thinker who cares deeply about making the law work on a practical level, those who worked with him said.

  • January 26, 2022

    5 Breyer Opinions You Need To Know

    Justice Stephen Breyer, who was confirmed Wednesday to be stepping down from the court after 27 years, was a pragmatist who thought about the real-world implications of the high court’s decisions. Here, Law360 looks at some of the cases that epitomize his career.

  • January 26, 2022

    Justice Breyer To Retire From High Court

    Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the longest-serving liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, will resign his post after more than 27 years on the bench.

  • January 25, 2022

    Cannabis Co. Says Ex-Franchisee Sold Rival's Products

    Cannabis companies Your CBD Stores Franchising LLC and Sunflora Inc. have sued NaturOil Georgia LLC in Georgia federal court over claims that the former franchisee sold competing products in its retail stores and unlawfully used Sunflora's trademarks.

  • January 25, 2022

    Kutak Rock Says Ex-Partner's Malpractice Claim Is Not Viable

    Kutak Rock has urged an Illinois state court to toss an ex-partner's legal malpractice suit alleging he was squeezed out of an adult-use cannabis venture, saying the missed opportunity to enter a license lottery is not valid grounds for a malpractice claim.

  • January 25, 2022

    MedMen Says Ascend Used 'Political Pressure' To Push Deal

    Pot retailer MedMen has slammed a lawsuit brought by fellow cannabis company Ascend Wellness Holdings over a soured investment deal between the two businesses, saying it was forced to pull the plug after Ascend engaged in political shenanigans to get the deal approved by New York regulators.

  • January 25, 2022

    Amazon Backs GOP Congresswoman's Pot Legalization Bill

    Amazon.com Inc. announced Tuesday that it is supporting a new bill introduced by a freshman Republican member of Congress to federally decriminalize marijuana.

  • January 25, 2022

    3 Firms Guide's Icanic Brands' $120M Deal For Cannabis Co.

    West Coast cannabis brand operator Icanic Brands Company Inc. announced Tuesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to fully acquire LEEF Holdings Inc., a California-based extractions company, for at least $120 million, in a deal guided by McMillan LLP, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and Jackson Tidus.

  • January 25, 2022

    Beyond Big: Smaller, Hyperfocused Firms Still Stand Out

    Many of the biggest, most profitable law firms are continuing to get bigger. But that doesn't mean there's less room for smaller firms to occupy a leadership position in a set of practices or with a standout culture.

Expert Analysis

  • How AI Can Transform Crisis Management In Litigation

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    Attorneys should understand how to use rapidly advancing artificial intelligence technology to help clients prepare for potential catastrophic events and the inevitable litigation arising from them, from predicting crises before they occur to testing legal theories once they arise, say Stratton Horres at Wilson Elser and David Steiger.

  • Tribal Corp. IP Suit Highlights Sponsored Research Pitfalls

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    In Tulalip Tribal Federal Corp.'s recent Washington federal court action alleging that Stanford University copied a treatment based on research involving the tribes' confidential information, the parties' pleadings shed light on best practices for addressing ownership of sponsored research results in clear and precise terms, says attorney Catlan McCurdy.

  • Supervisor Relationships Are Key To Beating Atty Burnout

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    In order to combat record attorney turnover and high levels of burnout, law firm partners and leaders must build engaging relationships with supervisees, fostering autonomy and control, enabling expression of values, and building a sense of community and belonging, says Anne Brafford at the Institute for Well-Being in Law.

  • The Rising Demand For Commercial Litigators In 2022

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    Amid broken supply chains, pandemic-induced bankruptcies and a rise in regulation by litigation, strong commercial litigators — strategists who are adept in trying a range of tortious and contractual disputes — are becoming a must-have for many law firms, making this year an opportune moment to make the career switch, say Michael Ascher and Kimberly Donlon at Major Lindsey.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Make The Case For Settling Early

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    Following the recent settlement in McDonald's v. Easterbrook, in-house counsel should consider decision-tree analyses and values-driven communications plans to secure effective, early resolutions in litigation, saving time and money and moving the company mission forward, say Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein and Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.

  • To Retain Talent, GCs Should Prioritize Mission Statements

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    With greater legal demands and an increasing number of workers resigning during the pandemic, general counsel should take steps to articulate their teams' values in departmental mission statements, which will help them better prioritize corporate values and attract and retain talent, says Catherine Kemnitz at Axiom.

  • Milk Vitamin Patents Surprisingly Soured By Section 101

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    A Delaware federal court recently found formulations of a vitamin in cow's milk to be patent-ineligible, but courts generally have upheld patent claims to formulations of natural compounds — showing that greater clarity is needed on the application of Section 101 to these patents, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • Recent Bias Suits Against Law Firms And Lessons For 2022

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    2021 employment discrimination case filings and developments show that law firms big and small are not immune from claims, and should serve as a reminder that the start of a new year is a good time to review and update salary, promotion and leave policies to mitigate litigation risks, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.

  • Workers' Comp Considerations As Ga. Cannabis Laws Evolve

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    With medical marijuana legislation in Georgia expected to implicate workers’ compensation claims, to address potential issues related to cannabis prescribed for work-related injuries, employers should implement zero-tolerance drug policies and strong screening methods, and keep apprised of the ever-changing policy and litigation landscapes, says Joanna Hair at Swift Currie.

  • Associate Hiring Outlook At Law Firms Is Bright For 2022

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    After a year of extraordinary signing bonuses, nearly instantaneous offers and flexible work arrangements, strong demand for talented law firm associates will continue into 2022 — with some differences between East and West Coast markets — and junior attorneys should take steps to capitalize on the opportunity, say Ru Bhatt and Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Food And Beverage Policy Trends To Track This Year

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    The 2022 list of legal issues food and beverage companies should watch includes regulatory changes in animal welfare, sustainable foods, dietary supplements, inspections, pandemic-era distribution and labeling of bioengineered food, say Bob Hibbert and Amaru Sanchez at Wiley.

  • Roundup

    The Most-Read Legal Industry Guest Articles Of 2021

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    Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on the admissibility of video depositions, an unusual U.S. Supreme Court citation, the perils of lawyer perfectionism, and more.

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    Cannabis: The Top Law360 Guest Articles Of 2021

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    This year brought a lot of intrigue in the cannabis space, with guest experts discussing the interplay of federal and state law and legislation, licensing and debt enforcement alternatives in New York's emerging marijuana market, and how to prepare for regulatory due diligence in cannabis-related M&A transactions.

  • A Law Firm Leader's Guide To Seeking Effective Feedback

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    Law firm leaders often claim to have their fingers on the pulse of the people in their firms, but perspectives can be heavily weighted toward certain partners, so leaders should take certain steps to ensure they receive well-rounded feedback that helps them make more informed decisions, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Whirlpool CLO Talks Structural Improvement

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    As the global understanding of what it means to measurably make a positive societal and environmental impact evolves, creating a solid governance structure, backed up by bold action and increased transparency, will set up companies and their legal teams to remain resilient through economic and societal changes and manage risk, says Ava Harter at Whirlpool.

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