A hemp trade group and a CBD retailer filed a petition before the D.C. Circuit on Friday asking the court to throw out the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's interim final rule on hemp, arguing the agency's regulations ignore the boundaries set by the 2018 Farm Bill.
A Colorado federal judge has denied a former Folium Biosciences executive's bid to keep her derivative claims alive in a lawsuit accusing the company's leadership of a murder-for-hire plot, saying a magistrate judge was correct that she did not follow proper procedure in bringing the claims.
The Internal Revenue Service's new marijuana industry website still leaves open a range of unaddressed questions. Here, Law360 explores three topics tax practitioners hope the IRS will shed light on in future guidance.
Britain's financial regulator warned on Friday that overseas medical cannabis companies operating in the U.K. must satisfy the government that all of their activities are legal to avoid falling afoul of the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Four of Rudy Giuliani's associates already facing charges for allegedly violating campaign finance laws were hit with new wire fraud and campaign finance charges Thursday, with New York federal prosecutors claiming that two of the men deceived investors into paying into a company that never got off the ground ironically named "Fraud Guarantee."
Maryland's Medical Cannabis Commission beat back an eight-count complaint after a federal judge said the court had little interest in ruling on state laws that govern the sale of a federally illegal drug.
Marijuana investment firm Kettner Investments LLC has filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying it is facing the prospect of being sent into receivership by a California court in a dispute with the estate of the owner of a firm it merged with in 2018.
Cannabis retailer MedMen has secured financing worth $20 million through a mix of debt agreements, accepting 18% interest on a portion of the total and offering up generous equity incentives for lenders.
Vermont would legalize and tax recreational cannabis sales under legislation passed by the state House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon, ending a monthslong stalemate over how to legalize and regulate the substance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is undermining a central purpose of organic food laws by allowing hydroponic growers to sell their goods under that premium label, a group of consumer interest advocates and traditional organic farmers has alleged.
The former general counsel and director of finance for a Rhode Island medical marijuana dispensary claims he was discriminated against for his age and forced out of the company after he blew the whistle on an executive's alleged self-dealing, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
House Democratic leadership on Thursday kicked a floor vote on a historic bill to deschedule marijuana until after the election amid concerns that lawmakers' focus should not be on marijuana reform while Congress is struggling to finalize a new COVID-19 relief package.
Cannabis giant Canopy Growth's venture capital arm on Wednesday said it expects to write down up to 82.8 million Canadian dollars ($62.9 million) in investments as a partially owned joint venture entered restructuring and creditor protection in Canada.
Florida-based cannabis company Trulieve announced Wednesday that it will expand into Pennsylvania's medical marijuana market by acquiring two companies for a total of $66 million in a deal steered by Akerman LLP.
A New Jersey federal judge dismissed a disability bias suit brought against a Hackensack hospital by a nurse with psychiatric conditions, rejecting her argument that her firing after a positive drug test ran afoul of federal and Garden State law.
A shareholder behind a derivative suit against executives of CBD company CV Sciences has urged a California federal judge to keep the suit alive, pointing to another judge's ruling allowing a nearly identical case to go forward.
Two patient-advocacy groups in Utah have dropped their state lawsuit claiming the Beehive State's medical cannabis regime flouted the will of voters by limiting access to the drug, indicating in a filing that the litigation was too burdensome to continue pursuing.
Multistate cannabis company Holistic Industries on Tuesday said it raised $35 million in an oversubscribed debt financing round, a deal steered by New York cannabis law firm Feuerstein Kulick LLP.
A memo written for the Democratic caucus of Missouri's House of Representatives as part of an investigation into the state's medical marijuana program has accused regulators of obstructing the inquiry by withholding documents.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled Tuesday that state regulators' scores on a rejected medical marijuana license application are not exempt from the state's public records law, holding that the scores don't fall under a carveout for certain deliberations.
The public has a right under Pennsylvania's open records law to review applications for the state's coveted medical marijuana licenses, the state's Supreme Court heard on Tuesday morning.
Seven Democratic U.S. representatives have put their names behind an effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a former NFL player's bid to decriminalize marijuana, saying the current federal scheme violates federal law and infringes on constitutional rights.
Pressure has ramped up on Illinois' cannabis regulators in charge of retail licensing as dozens of businesses shut out of the upcoming lottery for 75 dispensary licenses have turned to litigation to challenge the regulators' decision-making.
More than a dozen individuals and groups, including the National Cannabis Industry Association and the International Cannabis Bar Association, have joined a growing chorus urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a former NFL player's bid to decriminalize marijuana.
Trulieve tried Friday to get out of securities suits consolidated in Florida federal court accusing the medical marijuana company of making misleading statements that led to a stock drop, arguing the anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws do not apply because Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange.
Financially robust law firms are entering the recruiting market aggressively knowing that dislocations like the COVID-19 crisis present rare competitive opportunities, and firms that remain on the sidelines when it comes to strategic hiring will be especially vulnerable to having their best talent poached, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.
Data in the recently released 2019 Hart-Scott-Rodino report is plagued by nine of 31 significant merger investigations having involved cannabis industry mergers for which credible antitrust concerns were lacking, making meaningful comparison with enforcement efforts in previous years difficult, says Jack Sidorov at Lowenstein Sandler.
The recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling in Velasco Diez v. McAllister illustrates the problem with a Federal Circuit precedent holding that the board cannot apply its technical expertise as a substitute for expert witnesses, and it offers an invitation to gamesmanship, say Charles Gholz and Daniel Pereira at Oblon McClelland.
COVID-19 concerns and glaring gaps in registration threaten to dampen voter turnout in the 2020 election, so attorneys should take on the problem by leveraging their knowledge and resources in seven ways, says Laura Brill at Kendall Brill.
When a witness is isolated from the defending lawyer during a remote deposition, carefully planning the logistics and building witness confidence are critical to avoiding damaging admissions, say Jessica Staiger at Archer Daniels and Alec Solotorovsky at Eimer Stahl.
As the pandemic delays in-person arbitration hearings, mediator and arbitrator Theodore Cheng provides arbitrators with a checklist to examine the rationale and authority for compelling parties to participate in remote hearings.
Recent law firm trademark disputes highlight how the tension between legal ethics rules and trademark law can make it difficult for firms to select brands that are distinctive and entitled to protection, say Kimberly Maynard and Tyler Maulsby at Frankfurt Kurnit.
As practitioners increasingly turn to dispositive motion practice within arbitration, they should be aware of the underlying authority for these motions and consider practical guidance for their use, says arbitrator and mediator Janice Sperow.
The strategic use of amicus briefs can help an appellate court think about a case in a new way and lift an organization's own cause or reputation for legal thought, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.
Not every case requires more than one mediator, but engaging two mediators with different perspectives or expertise can significantly enhance the settlement process in certain disputes — and parties can choose from several co-mediation approaches, say Gail Andler and Cassandra Franklin at JAMS.
In this Law360 Diversity Snapshot series, five Black law firm leaders share their memories of breaking into BigLaw and thoughts on how to increase minority representation in the legal industry.
Arizona just became the first state to abolish an obscure ethics rule that prohibits nonlawyers from investing in law firms — a change that will lower legal service costs, encourage more innovation in the legal industry and improve access to justice, says William Marra at Validity Finance.
As the federal government prepares to unveil a revamped online portal for submitting comments on proposed rulemakings, several considerations can help the public provide better feedback to help agencies implement legislation and regulate our activities, say Matt Kulkin and Josh Oppenheimer at Steptoe & Johnson.
Attorneys are routinely immunized from malpractice actions when they represent plaintiffs pursuing claims that are not collectable, but an Illinois federal court's recent refusal to protect defense counsel in Newman v. Crane Heyman highlights inconsistency in collectability requirements, says Timothy Parilla at Palmersheim & Mathew.
Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.