Cannabis

  • October 30, 2020

    Oglala Sioux Leaders OK Ordinance Legalizing Marijuana Use

    Oglala Sioux Tribal Council members have voted 11-8 in favor of enacting a new ordinance that will allow the possession and use of medical and recreational marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said.

  • October 30, 2020

    Ex-Cannabis Exec Fights Arbitration Bid In Employment Battle

    A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran told a California federal judge Thursday that there is no agreement binding him to arbitrate a dispute with various parties he alleges owe him more than $1 million for his work on a thwarted cannabis venture.

  • October 30, 2020

    MedMen Says Rival Manipulated City Into Denying Pot License

    Marijuana company MedMen is suing the city of Pasadena, California, after it was taken out of the running for one of the city's six retail licenses, hoping to stop the entire licensing process until it can be reinstated.

  • October 30, 2020

    Minn. City Can't Ban Menthol Cigs, Tobacco Co. Tells 8th Circ.

    The town of Edina, Minnesota, had no business banning the sale of flavored tobacco products because the products are regulated by federal law, R.J. Reynolds told the Eighth Circuit on Thursday in a bid to appeal a ruling that tossed the tobacco giant's challenge to the ban.

  • October 30, 2020

    High Times Subsidiary Says Fake Urine Maker Owes Royalties

    Trans-High Corp., a subsidiary of High Times Magazine's publisher, has filed suit in a New York state court against a drug testing products company it says breached a license agreement by not paying royalties for using Trans-High's trademarks.

  • October 29, 2020

    Cannabis Co. Beats Farmer's $200M RICO Suit

    A California federal judge tossed a marijuana farmer's $200 million civil racketeering lawsuit Thursday, ruling that a business engaged in illegal conduct is unable to seek protection under federal law.

  • October 29, 2020

    Pa. College Dodges Claims Over Student's Medical Pot Use

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled on Thursday that the state law legalizing medical cannabis did not shield a nursing student from her community college's zero-tolerance drug policy.

  • October 29, 2020

    Maine Pot Co. Says Suit Can't Reimpose Residency Rule

    A Maine cannabis company with ties to Acreage Holdings Inc. urged a federal court on Thursday to toss a lawsuit seeking to reimpose a residency requirement for cannabis licenses, saying the group that brought the suit already lost in state court.

  • October 29, 2020

    Timing Dooms Investor's Del. Suit For Cannabis Deal Books

    A complaint-filing deadline bungle has ended a stockholder suit for a cannabis company's books and records, as a Delaware vice chancellor tossed the case with prejudice after the investors filed their suit before a post-demand window had expired.

  • October 29, 2020

    Marijuana Legalization May Hit Tipping Point On Election Day

    Cannabis operators and advocates have much at stake on Election Day as the potential for seismic changes in the federal government sets up an opportunity for the broader legalization of marijuana.

  • October 29, 2020

    Navajo Nation Accuses Farmers Of Illegally Growing Hemp

    The Navajo Nation has sued more than two dozen farmers in a New Mexico tribal court for allegedly cultivating hemp illegally, escalating a crackdown on what it says are unlawful growing operations that spoil the environment. 

  • October 29, 2020

    Giuliani Biz Circle Probe Results In 1st Conviction

    A Florida businessman admitted Thursday that he duped investors in a securities-focused insurance startup and lied to elections officials in a guilty plea that gave New York federal prosecutors a conviction in their probe of associates of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

  • October 28, 2020

    Sparring Vape Cos.' False Ad Suit Will Stay In Delaware

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday denied vape company KandyPens Inc.'s bid to send a lawsuit to California accusing it of false advertising for allegedly using anonymous Instagram accounts to disparage a rival, holding that the plaintiff's preference was a significant factor in the decision.

  • October 28, 2020

    Ill. Pot Lottery Winners Take Redo Challenge To State Court

    A group of cannabis companies whose perfect application scores earned them a spot in Illinois' adult-use dispensary license lottery want an Illinois state court to halt regulators' re-scoring process after the state Supreme Court declined to hear their request last week.

  • October 28, 2020

    Pot Farmers Say Calif. County Sitting On Grow Applications

    A group of cannabis growers claims in a new lawsuit that a Northern California county has been sitting on approximately 100 applications to cultivate marijuana for months and that the inaction could result in the loss of $50 million worth of marijuana.

  • October 28, 2020

    Pot Co. 4Front Inks $30M REIT Deal To Pay Down Debt

    Multistate cannabis operator 4Front Ventures said Wednesday that it will sell two cultivation facilities to a real estate investment trust for $30 million and then lease them back, using the deal proceeds to shed more debt from its balance sheet.

  • October 28, 2020

    Investor Says Hemp Co. Stole $250K For Separate CBD Biz

    An investment group believed it was putting $250,000 into a hemp seed business, only to learn the money was instead invested in a CBD company, according to a lawsuit the investor has filed against both companies in Idaho federal court.

  • October 28, 2020

    IRS Rules Could Throw Wrench Into Pot Biz Tax Planning

    Some pot businesses had hoped a law requiring the IRS to honor small-business accounting methods could present opportunities to bypass a tax provision banning them from taking deductions, but recently proposed regulations may put a damper on the strategy.

  • October 27, 2020

    Cannabis Regs: Mass. Looks To Curb Delivery Monopolization

    Massachusetts took a preemptive swipe at delivery market domination with eleventh-hour changes to proposed rules, while Washington adopted a lighter touch on enforcement and Michigan eased its ownership interest disclosure threshold. Here, Law360 takes stock of these and other developments in cannabis regulation.

  • October 27, 2020

    Mass. High Court Says Pot Patients Cannot Get Reimbursed

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dealt a blow to the state's cannabis patients on Tuesday, ruling that insurance companies and other parties cannot be compelled to reimburse injured employees for their medical marijuana use.

  • October 27, 2020

    Calif. Pot Testing Lab Says Mayor Sought Bribe For Permit

    The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb sought a $350,000 bribe in exchange for a cannabis testing lab permit and conspired with city officials to reject the would-be owner's application when he didn't play ball, according to a suit in California state court.

  • October 27, 2020

    Miss. Justices Order State To Respond To Med. Pot Challenge

    The Mississippi Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's secretary of state to respond to a city's challenge of a medical marijuana ballot initiative that argues the measure violated a constitutional limit on qualifying signatures per congressional district.

  • October 27, 2020

    Why GCs Should Buckle Up Before Blowing The Whistle

    A flurry of recent whistleblower claims brought by general counsel shines a light on corporate gatekeepers reporting alleged wrongdoing at their companies, but the process for a top lawyer can be especially thorny and involves weighing possible competing considerations before moving forward, experts say.

  • October 26, 2020

    Atty On Hook For $5.2M Says Bitcoin Investor Froze His Funds

    An aging attorney told a Manhattan federal judge on Friday that as a result of attempts to enforce the $5.2 million judgment he faces, he doesn't have access to money he needs for basic necessities such as food and rent.

  • October 26, 2020

    GenCanna Says $33M Claim Inflated For Bankruptcy Plan Vote

    The hemp company formerly known as GenCanna is asking the judge overseeing its bankruptcy case to slash a creditor's $33 million claim to a single dollar for the purposes of voting on the company's liquidation plan, saying the claim is flimsy and misleading.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Adelman Reviews 'Mass Incarceration'

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    William Pizzi's argument in "The Supreme Court's Role in Mass Incarceration" that the U.S. Supreme Court is responsible for the high rate of incarceration is compelling, but his criticism overlooks the positive dimensions of the criminal procedure decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren, says U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

  • Persuasion Skills Attys Can Learn From Political Speeches

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    The tools of powerful political speeches — those with soaring rhetoric that convinces and moves listeners — can be equally applicable to oral advocacy, case strategy and brief writing, say Lauren Papenhausen and Julian Canzoneri at White & Case and former presidential speech writer Dave Cavell.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

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    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

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    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Compliance Hurdles For UK Cannabis Investors

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    Nicola Finnerty and Tom Surr at Kingsley Napley discuss the legal barriers U.K. investors face in reaping the rewards of cannabis legalization in Canada and the U.S., and what recent developments may mean for the future of U.K. cannabis enforcement.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

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    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

  • Vaping And COVID-19: Plausibility And Causality

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    A plausible correlation between vaping and increased COVID-19 risk has already led to liability claims against e-cigarette manufacturers — but it is unclear whether plaintiffs will be able to prove causality, say attorneys and a scientific adviser at DLA Piper.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

  • 5 Cost-Cutting Strategies For Corporate Legal Departments

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    To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.

  • Guest Feature

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

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    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

  • Guest Feature

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

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    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: What Appeals Board Reinstatement Means

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    While local customs and precedent set by the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals prior to 2016 will likely be back upon the board's pending reinstatement, taxpayers and practitioners should be aware of several important practice and structural changes, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

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