Cannabis

  • July 29, 2021

    Davis Wright Loses CBP Contempt Effort On Pot Docs

    A Washington federal judge declined to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to show cause why it should not be held in contempt for allegedly ignoring his order to search for documents related to its marijuana policy, telling Davis Wright Tremaine LLP that he is "comfortable" the agency undertook a "reasonable search."

  • July 29, 2021

    California Pot Cos. Say Ex-General Counsel Sold Them Out

    A group of Southern California cannabis companies have accused their former general counsel of selling them out to competitors to benefit his own cannabis business.

  • July 29, 2021

    Hemp Exec Won't Defend Co. From Default Loss in TM Case

    The CEO of a Kentucky hemp company has told a federal judge that he will not defend his unresponsive business partner or company from claims that they infringed on a hemp product retailer's trademarked name.

  • July 29, 2021

    Senators Back Drug Conviction Expungement Expansion

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have thrown their support behind legislation that would expand the eligibility for some defendants to seek the expungement of certain nonviolent, first-time simple federal drug possession offenses from their criminal records.

  • July 29, 2021

    Pot Biz Owner To Pay $3.4M After Admitting Tax, Bribe Crimes

    A cannabis businessman in California is set to pay $3.4 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service after agreeing to cop to allegations that he failed to report income to the agency and bribed a county supervisor.

  • July 28, 2021

    6th Circuit Ends Ohio Voters' Marijuana Ballot Suit

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Wednesday delivered a final blow to a long frustrated effort by Ohioans to put a marijuana decriminalization referendum on the ballot, saying the dispute was no longer relevant since the election had passed.

  • July 28, 2021

    NFL Players 'Looted' Marijuana Grow-Op, Suit Says

    A cannabis cultivator says Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones and his retired Atlanta Falcons ex-teammate Roddy White "looted" a Los Angeles grow house they'd invested in before laundering some $3 million from black-market marijuana sales, according to a California state lawsuit.

  • July 28, 2021

    Mich. Credit Union Launches Cannabis Biz Banking Program

    A Michigan credit union has announced the launch of a cannabis banking program in the Great Lake state, with plans to add one or two new cannabis-related business members each month for the rest of 2021.

  • July 28, 2021

    3 Firms Seek $1.3M In Fees From Zynerba CBD Gel Settlement

    Pomerantz LLP, the Rosen Law Firm and Bronstein Gewirtz & Grossman LLC want more than $1.3 million for securing a $4 million settlement on behalf of investors claiming that CBD drugmaker Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to disclose unfavorable results from a clinical trial.

  • July 28, 2021

    Brooklyn DA Tosses Over 3,500 Marijuana Cases

    The Brooklyn district attorney's office has tossed nearly 3,600 cases related to marijuana offenses, the latest prosecutorial office in New York City to turn the page on an area of law enforcement that has weighed more heavily on people of color for decades, the office announced Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2021

    Cannabis Co. Drops Bid To Block Revised Ill. Licensing Plan

    An adult-use cannabis dispensary license applicant dropped its federal court challenge to Illinois' revised licensing scheme Tuesday, the same day the company and the state were set to go head-to-head over whether to halt the impending license lottery.

  • July 27, 2021

    Ex-Partner Says Kutak Rock Squeezed Him Out Of Pot Venture

    A onetime Kutak Rock partner filed a legal malpractice suit against his former firm in Chicago state court, alleging that a cohort of its attorneys and clients squeezed him out of a cannabis venture that was his idea.

  • July 27, 2021

    Harvest Health Sued Over $2.1B Deal With Pot Giant Trulieve

    Cannabis giant Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. and members of its board of directors were hit Tuesday with an investor's suit in Colorado federal court claiming the company failed to properly apprise shareholders about the terms of its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition by medical cannabis company Trulieve.

  • July 27, 2021

    NY Pot Groups Seek Tax Breaks For Energy Efficiency

    New York policymakers should develop a program allowing cannabis cultivators to meet energy efficiency and environmental standards in exchange for offsetting THC potency tax credits, a New York cannabis advocacy group urged Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2021

    Nevada Panel Calls Pot Consultant's Interest Award Improper

    A Nevada appellate panel has partially reversed a ruling awarding compound interest to a cannabis consulting company in its dispute with a cultivator over certain fees, finding a lower court violated the agreement by awarding both pre- and post-judgment interest on unpaid fees.

  • July 27, 2021

    Attys Plan Withdrawal From Cannabis Workers' PPE OT Suit

    Attorneys representing two Cresco Labs workers who say the cannabis company failed to pay them for time spent putting on personal protective equipment told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday that the firm anticipates withdrawing from the case after weeks of no contact with the workers, halting a scheduled hearing in its tracks.

  • July 27, 2021

    Ex-GC Says Defunct CBD Cos. Re-Formed With New Name

    The former general counsel for a trio of Pittsburgh-based CBD oil companies has asked a Pennsylvania federal court to let him amend his back pay and benefits lawsuit, claiming that the companies fraudulently transferred their assets and operations to a new entity after effectively disappearing from the suit.

  • July 27, 2021

    Ex-Mayor Says Bribe, Fraud Counts Cross-Contaminated Trial

    A former Massachusetts mayor convicted of fleecing investors and shaking down marijuana businesses said Monday that the government's sprawling, 24-count case left jurors "jumping to the conclusion" that he was guilty despite weak evidence.

  • July 26, 2021

    Biotech Co. Can't Arbitrate $881M Cannabinoid IP Fight

    A New York federal judge on Monday denied biotech company Amyris' bid to arbitrate an $881 million trade secrets fight with cannabinoid manufacturer Lavvan, finding that a prior agreement the parties entered into requires them to litigate intellectual property disputes.

  • July 26, 2021

    Anti-Pot Group Loses Bid To Wipe Out NJ Legalization

    A New Jersey state judge on Monday threw out an anti-marijuana group's post-election challenge to a successful November ballot measure legalizing adult-use cannabis in the Garden State after having concluded that the organization waited too long to file a suit alleging the question and its interpretative statement were misleading.

  • July 26, 2021

    DEA Should Allow Psychedelic Therapy, 9th Circ. Told

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has a responsibility to allow the use of Schedule I substances such as psychedelics for specific, medicinal purposes, a group of patients told the Ninth Circuit on Friday.

  • July 26, 2021

    'High Hemp' CBD Seller Sues Rival Over 'Hemp High' Branding

    A Florida company that sells CBD products under the brand name High Hemp has sued a competitor in Texas federal court for willful trademark infringement, claiming its use of the name Hemp High is intentionally similar and is meant to create consumer confusion.

  • July 26, 2021

    NM Appeals Court Backs Award Of Medical Pot License

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals has struck a blow against the state Department of Health's attempts to assert control over the medical marijuana industry, ruling that the agency lacked the authority to use its own internal rules and guidelines to evaluate and reject state cannabis dispensary applications.

  • July 26, 2021

    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    As much of the U.S. emerges from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic that upended the world last year, law firms are taking stock of how much their business and their bench strength were affected by the unprecedented pressures of a global health crisis.

  • July 26, 2021

    Where Have All The Associates Gone?

    Nonpartner attorney headcounts declined slightly across the Law360 400 last year amid the pandemic, leaving many law firms scrambling for associate talent that seems to be evaporating even as many firms see an uptick in work.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

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    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • A Look At Tribal Involvement In Juul Litigation

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    The vaping epidemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native American tribes, and the ensuing litigation against Juul Labs has many parallels with Big Tobacco suits from the 1990s, but this time around tribes have a seat at the bargaining table, say Geoffrey Strommer and Riley Plumer at Hobbs Straus.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • 6 Things To Know About Cannabis M&A Transactions

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    With cannabis M&A activity continuing strong, deal-makers must familiarize themselves with the industry's unique challenges, including regulatory complexity, working capital and tax issues, and the need for tailored representations and warranties, says Max Bremer at Saul Ewing.

  • 3 Keys To Winning Your Next Oral Argument

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    To leverage the unique opportunity oral arguments provide to talk directly to judges and contribute to their decision making, attorneys must mind the three hallmarks of persuasiveness: projecting credibility, exuding likability and gaining the listener's trust, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Keys To Efficient And Accurate Doc Review For E-Discovery

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    Attorneys involved in e-discovery can review information accurately and cost-effectively by understanding the data in a document collection and identifying its key pitfalls, drafting comprehensive review guidelines, and preparing ahead, says John Wertelet at Eckert Seamans.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Raytheon GC Talks Climate Change

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    Now that the climate crisis is seen as an existential threat, the stakes couldn't be higher — or the challenges more daunting — for the general counsel, who must enlist all parts of the company for support while providing both a legal and ethical road map on how to respond, says Frank Jimenez at Raytheon.

  • Mass. Ruling A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys Changing Firms

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    The Massachusetts high court's recent ruling in Governo v. Bergeron, that lawyers could be held liable for unfair competition with a former firm, highlights important considerations for departing attorneys soliciting clients to come with them, say Mariana Korsunsky and Gary Ronan at Goulston & Storrs.

  • Opinion

    Federal Cannabis Descheduling Bill Needs More Clarity

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    Although the time is ripe for comprehensive cannabis reform, a recently reintroduced marijuana descheduling bill contains numerous problematic gaps, including lack of clarity on a regulatory framework and little consideration for the challenges of interstate commerce and importations, say attorneys at Perkins Coie and Leafly.

  • How To Avert Media Narrative And Get A Fair High-Stakes Trial

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    Corporate defendants in bet-the-company litigation may face an uphill battle to a fair trial when the media paints an entire industry, and every entity within it, as a villain — but some strategic tools can help build a more constructive defense and counteract damaging outside spin, says Jessie Zeigler at Bass Berry.

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