Cannabis

  • October 05, 2022

    Pot Co. Seeks 2nd Shot At Suit Against NFLers

    A cannabis cultivator that sued two former Atlanta Falcons players for "looting" its business asked a California state judge to reverse the dismissal of its case, saying its trouble finding new counsel had caused it to miss its refiling deadline.

  • October 05, 2022

    FDA Rule Will Wreck Small E-Cig Cos., Suit Says

    A group of companies that make liquids used in e-cigarettes has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over a marketing and recordkeeping rule the companies say is overly difficult and would limit what they can market.

  • October 05, 2022

    Pot Co. Canopy, Manager Ink Deal To End Workplace Bias Suit

    Cannabis company Canopy Growth USA LLC and a former events manager who claimed she was mocked for her accent and fired because she was Latina have agreed to end her suit, according to a Wednesday filing in Texas federal court.

  • October 05, 2022

    Agrify Botched Marquee Mass. Cannabis Project, Suit Says

    Cannabis tech company Agrify Corp. botched its first turnkey development of a marijuana cultivation facility in Massachusetts and then harvested funds from a construction loan to hide that the flagship venture had turned into a "money pit," according to a state court lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • October 05, 2022

    Philip Morris Expects EU Decision On $16B Bid This Month

    Philip Morris is anticipating a late October decision from European antitrust authorities on its $16 billion bid to buy tobacco and nicotine products maker Swedish Match, an event that would clear the tobacco industry giant's final major regulatory hurdle to get the deal done.

  • October 05, 2022

    MVP: Vicente Sederberg's Brian Vicente

    A pioneer in the field of cannabis law, Brian Vicente, founding partner of Vicente Sederberg LLP, recently launched a national nonprofit aimed at reshaping cultural discussions around cannabis and the Hispanic community, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis MVPs.

  • October 05, 2022

    Pot Co. Wants To Kick Ex-Director's Suit To Arbitration

    California cannabis company THC Design believes that a fight with its former director of finance over an allegedly retaliatory firing belongs in arbitration, not state court, and it wants a court order saying so.

  • October 04, 2022

    Chinese Vape Co. Investors' IPO Suit Goes Up In Smoke

    A New York federal judge has tossed a potential shareholder class action accusing Chinese vape company RLX Technology Inc. of failing to disclose that regulations on its products could tighten in its home country on the eve of an initial public offering.

  • October 04, 2022

    ITG Liable For Reynolds' Fla. Tobacco Deal Payments

    A Delaware vice chancellor has ruled that ITG Brands LLC assumed liability for payments to Florida under a 1997 settlement over cigarette advertising when it bought four brands from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and is responsible for most of the more than $170 million owed to the state.

  • October 04, 2022

    Discrimination Suit Can't Stop Ill. Cannabis Licensing

    An Arizona man can't stop Illinois from issuing adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses through an allegedly "unconstitutional" process as he didn't apply for a license, which would have allowed him a legal remedy under state administrative review law, a federal judge has found.

  • October 04, 2022

    Cayuga Nation Invokes Tribal Immunity In Pot Sales Fight

    The Cayuga Nation is asking a New York federal court to throw out counterclaims lobbed against it in a suit seeking to bar a group of people and their businesses from selling cannabis illegally on its land, saying as a sovereign nation, it has immunity from those claims.

  • October 04, 2022

    MVP: Fox Rothschild's Sean Coyle

    Sean Coyle of Fox Rothschild LLP spearheaded Trulieve Cannabis Corp.'s $2.1 billion purchase of Harvest Health & Recreation, creating the country's most profitable multistate cannabis operator and earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis MVPs.

  • October 03, 2022

    Investor Says Cannabis Co. Swindled $800K With False Claims

    A California cannabis company tricked an investor into an $800,000 deal by making misrepresentations about cultivation and distribution licensing, a facility and land, a lawsuit filed in state court contends.

  • October 03, 2022

    Pharma Co. Lied About CBD License To Investors, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is going after a pair of pharmaceutical companies that it says lied to potential investors about having exclusive rights to a method for taking CBD under the tongue in order to collect $6.6 million.

  • October 03, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Reviews ITC Ban On Philip Morris IQOS Devices

    A Federal Circuit panel on Monday questioned whether the U.S. International Trade Commission made a sufficient attempt to consult with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before imposing an import ban on Philip Morris' FDA-approved IQOS-branded products for allegedly being knockoffs.

  • October 03, 2022

    Feds Slam Misconduct Claims In Pot Shop Bribery Case

    Boston federal prosecutors have asked a court to reject claims of government misconduct and overreach in their case accusing a pot shop attorney of attempting to bribe a police chief.

  • October 03, 2022

    MVP: Dentons US' Eric Berlin

    Eric Berlin of Dentons US LLP has helped cannabis companies like Verano Holdings grow through acquisitions, and has worked through the tension between state and federal cannabis law to get companies like Weedmaps listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis MVPs.

  • September 30, 2022

    The 5 Biggest Cases This Supreme Court Term

    The reversal of constitutional abortion protections last term has court watchers wondering: Is affirmative action next? But the lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina are far from the only blockbusters on the docket in what is likely to be another landslide term for conservatives. Here, Law360 breaks down five cases to watch. 

  • September 30, 2022

    Detroit Cannabis Licensing Unfair To Non-Residents, Suit Says

    A recent Detroit ordinance for cannabis licensing is unconstitutional because it prohibits co-located medicinal and recreational shops and creates an equity applicant pathway that gives an upper hand to long-term residents, a suit in Michigan federal court alleges.

  • September 30, 2022

    Ex-DLA Piper Attys' Cannabis Co. Row Burns Hot Despite Stay

    A Los Angeles judge told a former DLA Piper attorney Friday that he will likely allow for the preservation of some digital evidence in a suit brought against her by a cannabis company she co-owns, but that he will not order the evidence to be produced in the stayed case. 

  • September 30, 2022

    CBD Cos. Urge 2nd Circ. To Toss Racketeering Claim

    Three CBD companies have urged the Second Circuit to uphold a lower court's ruling that tossed RICO claims brought by a former trucker who allegedly lost his job after consuming a product containing detectable amounts of THC, saying the law clearly does not cover damages for personal injury.

  • September 30, 2022

    Law360's The Term: A New Normal For The Supreme Court?

    As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for the 2022-2023 term with a slate of new blockbuster cases, the fallout from last term's Dobbs decision and its leaked draft is still reverberating. And while pandemic-era restrictions at the court are loosening, the hosts discuss with veteran court reporter Amy Howe what kind of "new normal" to expect at the high court.

  • September 30, 2022

    No Signs Of Supreme Court's Conservatives Slowing Down

    The U.S. Supreme Court's last term was considered by many to be the most consequential in a generation as the court's conservative justices delivered key victories on abortion and guns. But one quick glance at the new term's docket suggests this new supermajority has only just begun shifting the law to the right.

  • September 30, 2022

    How Well Do You Know Supreme Court History?

    As the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its October 2022 term, it's the perfect time to dive into the court's history. Law360 will try to stump you with this 10-question quiz about the court. 

  • September 30, 2022

    MVP: Burns & Levinson's Frank A. Segall

    Frank A. Segall spearheaded Burns & Levinson LLP's entrance into the state-legal marijuana industry and recently helped steer a multiparty cross-border merger that was a step toward creating California's largest vertically integrated cannabis company, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis MVPs.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting The Scope Of Representation Is Critical For Lawyers

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    A Mississippi federal court's recent decision in Kee v. Howard L. Nations PC highlights the importance of well-written engagement letters, and shows why it is vital for attorneys to specify exactly which services they intend to supply, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Whistleblowers Will Be Key To Curbing Cannabis Fraud In NY

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    As New York begins accepting license applications for its legal marijuana market, qui tam suits brought by whistleblowers under the New York False Claims Act will be a valuable tool for safeguarding the integrity of the developing industry, especially with regard to combating tax fraud, say Max Rodriguez and Sidney Cobb at Pollock Cohen.

  • Employer Haziness Lingers After NJ's Cannabis Guidance

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    New Jersey’s recently released guidance on screening workers for cannabis neglects to answer several key questions, from training for employee experts to scientific standards for impairment tests, but employers can still take certain steps toward compliance, says Eric Meyer at FisherBroyles.

  • Attys Shouldn't Assume Judicial Critique Is Protected Speech

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    As it becomes more commonplace to see criticism of the judiciary in the media, licensed attorneys are well advised to remember that they may have less freedom than nonlawyers to make protected speech critical of the judiciary, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • 9th Circ. Delta-8 Ruling Was Probably A Blip, Not A Landmark

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    Though the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in AK Futures v. Boyd St. Distro provided clarity for those seeking to enforce trademark protections for Delta-8 THC products, it likely will not lead to long-term change, and it would be unwise to interpret the ruling as a green light for intoxicating hemp, says Marshall Custer at Husch Blackwell.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • RICO Claims Against Cannabis Cos. Are Evolving

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    A recently filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, alleging that cannabis operators overstated the amount of THC in their products, differs significantly from racketeering claims filed against companies in the industry a few years ago, signaling a potential shift toward consumer fraud and product liability actions, say Ethan Feldman and Seth Goldberg at Duane Morris.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Legalization Must Address Monopoly Dangers

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    As lawmakers consider federal cannabis legalization, they must beware the potential dangers to public health and social equity posed by large marijuana conglomerates — and prioritize anti-monopoly principles, say Shaleen Title at Parabola Center for Law and Policy and Matt Stoller at the American Economic Liberties Project.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

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