Cannabis

  • April 09, 2020

    Altria Accused Of Ripping Off No-Burn Tobacco Products

    A company that makes a patented smoking device that heats tobacco without burning it filed a lawsuit in Virginia federal court Thursday claiming tobacco giant Altria ripped off their design with its new IQOS tobacco products.

  • April 09, 2020

    Insurers Shouldn't Have To Pay For Medical Pot, Court Told

    An insurance industry trade group told the Massachusetts Supreme Court on Thursday that insurers should not be compelled to reimburse injured workers for their use of medical marijuana, saying that would force a violation of federal law.

  • April 09, 2020

    FDA Warns InfoWars Over COVID-19 Claims

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday told Alex Jones and his online InfoWars store to stop selling products falsely touted as cures or treatments for the novel coronavirus, following a similar directive from the New York attorney general.

  • April 09, 2020

    Judge Upholds Arbitrator's Ruling In Cannabis Worker Dispute

    A Nevada federal judge has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling siding with a cannabis consultant who was fired from a dispensary, saying the merits of the company’s case against the United Food and Commercial Workers’ union was up to the arbitrator to decide.

  • April 09, 2020

    Amazon To Fight Ex-Worker's Medical Pot Suit In State Court

    Amazon can’t use the Americans with Disabilities Act to keep in federal court a wrongful discrimination suit filed by a former warehouse employee who failed a drug test after using medical marijuana, a New Jersey judge ruled Thursday.

  • April 09, 2020

    Shut Out Of Federal Bailout Funds, Pot Groups Turn To States

    Cannabis industry groups are urging states to help marijuana companies amid the COVID-19 pandemic by providing emergency loans and pressing Congress to include them in disaster relief programs, saying aid is desperately needed to keep the industry afloat.

  • April 08, 2020

    Investors Say Atty Helped Vape Co. Hide Fraud Allegations

    A pair of investors in what was supposed to be a national vape shop franchise sued the business and its attorney in Florida federal court Tuesday, claiming the lawyer helped the franchiser hide allegations of fraud levied in several lawsuits from potential backers.

  • April 08, 2020

    FDA Warns More CBD Sellers About Bogus COVID-19 Claims

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told two more CBD companies to stop making allegedly fraudulent claims that their products prevent or treat COVID-19, part of a broader effort by regulators to crack down on bogus health claims amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 08, 2020

    Cannabis Startup Investors Settle SEC Fraud Case For $1.5M

    A group of investors in a cannabis social media startup have agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims they engaged in a stock fraud scheme that allegedly reaped twice that amount.

  • April 08, 2020

    Mass. Gov. Sued For Closing Cannabis Shops Due To Virus

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was hit with a suit Wednesday by several recreational cannabis dispensaries and a medicinal marijuana patient who claim his executive orders shutting down the stores during the COVID-19 pandemic are crushing their businesses and hurting public health.

  • April 08, 2020

    Judge Balks At Hemp-Drying IP Default, Citing Lack Of Nexus

    A Colorado federal judge on Monday yanked a default judgment in a patent suit over cannabis-drying technology, saying that while the alleged infringer's lack of response to the suit could be deemed an admission, the patent holder's failure to link the company to Colorado dooms the suit.

  • April 07, 2020

    Altria, Juul Face Consumer Antitrust Action Over $12.8B Deal

    A $12.8 billion deal between Juul and Altria "eliminated a potential competitor" for Juul and allowed it to gouge direct purchasers with artificially inflated prices, a Juul customer said in a proposed antitrust class action complaint filed against the companies in California federal court Tuesday.

  • April 07, 2020

    Can Cannabis Survive the Virus? Hemp Has A Leg Up

    Before the coronavirus struck, the hemp industry was already wary about 2020 as oversupply problems and bankruptcies hit businesses in the new sector early in the year.

  • April 07, 2020

    Hemp Store Deal Too Hazy To Sway Ownership Dispute

    A Tennessee federal judge has refused to grant an early win to one side of a business partnership locked in a fight over control of a hemp store, saying the terms of the deal are too nebulous for certain claims to be decided now.

  • April 07, 2020

    Cahill Gordon Suspends 2020 Summer Associate Program

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has decided to suspend its summer associate program for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm announced Tuesday though it says it will pay the associates who had been selected and will offer them full-time positions after graduation.

  • April 07, 2020

    Medical Pot Co. Hit With Suit Over $5M Stock Contract

    Israeli medical marijuana company OWC Pharmaceutical Research was hit with a contract breach suit filed in New York federal court by a mutual fund alleging OWCP violated agreements governing a $5 million sale of convertible shares.

  • April 07, 2020

    SEC Says Cannabis Startup Fraud Smoked Investors For $3M

    A Boston man and a group of his friends bought 90% of the shares in a cannabis startup and manipulated the stock price to net themselves more than $3.2 million, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claimed in a complaint Tuesday.

  • April 07, 2020

    10th Circ. Upholds IRS Summonses For Marijuana Co.'s Info

    The IRS was justified in seeking the financial information of a Denver marijuana dispensary from the Colorado Department of Revenue, the Tenth Circuit said Tuesday in upholding the agency’s summonses.

  • April 06, 2020

    Mass. Mayor's Cannabis Corruption Trial Pushed Off

    A Massachusetts federal judge has delayed until September the trial of a former mayor on charges he extorted would-be marijuana businesses for required licenses, according to court records posted Monday, after the district's chief judge last week ordered all April and May trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 06, 2020

    Firm Cost-Cutting Has GCs Watchful But Not Worried — Yet

    Most general counsel aren't yet scared about potential disruptions to their outside counsel services, even as law firms cut staff and pay to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19. But some say their feelings could change if their key lawyers become unavailable.

  • April 06, 2020

    SEC Halts Trading For 2 Penny Stocks Over COVID-19 Claims

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Monday morning for shares of two penny stock companies over concerns about claims that the companies were working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 06, 2020

    Goodwin Snaps Up Duane Morris Cannabis Group Leader

    Goodwin Procter LLP on Monday added a former Duane Morris LLP cannabis team leader in San Francisco, expanding its roster of marijuana attorneys as the industry grapples with fresh challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 06, 2020

    Ariz. Secretary Of State Backs Drive For Online Tax Petitions

    Arizona’s secretary of state said Monday she won’t argue against backers of four ballot question campaigns, including two tax petitions, who had asked the state Supreme Court to compel her to let them gather online signatures amid the novel coronavirus.

  • April 06, 2020

    Giuliani Associate Wants Intercepted Evidence Out Of Case

    A Florida entrepreneur with business ties to Rudy Giuliani charged with subverting campaign laws to finance a cannabis venture cited attorney-client privilege Friday in asking a Manhattan federal judge to block the feds from using evidence found in a package he tried to send to his lawyer.

  • April 06, 2020

    Arizona Dispensary Warned For Claiming Products Treat Virus

    The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a cannabis dispensary operator selling a tincture product that claims to aid the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

Expert Analysis

  • How Sellers Can Avoid Price-Gouging For 'Essential' Cannabis

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    With the nascent cannabis industry unexpectedly being labeled "essential" and experiencing a sudden surge in consumer demand, dispensaries and operators must be careful to avoid triggering violations of state-specific price-gouging laws, say Joshua Mandell and Evelina Gentry at Akerman.

  • Don't Forget Firm Culture When Adapting To Remote Work

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    While law firms suddenly pivoting to remote work due to coronavirus restrictions are busy dealing with logistical challenges, an equally pressing and perhaps more difficult task may be adjusting a long-standing brick-and-mortar culture to working remotely for the first time, say Heather Clauson Haughian and Grant Walsh at Culhane Meadows.

  • Conducting Court Hearings Remotely: 12 Considerations

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    As more courts begin to explore remote hearings during the COVID-19 crisis, attorneys and courts should be aware of some of the common concerns accompanying video- and teleconferencing technology and make allowances to avoid these issues, say Attison Barnes III and Krystal Swendsboe at Wiley Rein.

  • The Era Of Video Mediation Is Here — Or Is It?

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    Mediator Jeff Kichaven has heard from several first-chair trial lawyers and senior claims executives that they are reluctant to adopt online video mediation even during the COVID-19 crisis, and says this reluctance is grounded in reality.

  • COVID-19 Highlights BigLaw Need For Emotional Intelligence

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    The formula for making decisions at BigLaw firms has historically been rooted in IQ-based factors, but with the ongoing pandemic, lawyers and firm leaders are increasingly dealing with issues that require emotional intelligence — from establishing effective virtual offices to retaining firm morale and client confidence, say Jolie Balido and Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.

  • Will COVID-19 Transform The Cannabis Industry?

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    With marijuana deemed essential in many states during the COVID-19 crisis, regulators are relaxing prohibitions on cannabis home delivery and curbside pickup services. These short-term fixes could become lasting mainstays, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Exclusion From COVID-19 Relief Must Be Remedied

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    Marijuana businesses — deemed essential in several states — are not able to tap into the $360 billion in U.S. Small Business Administration loans being made available in response to COVID-19, amplifying the disconnect between federal and state treatment of cannabis. Something can and should be done to fix this, says Zachary Kobrin at Akerman.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • SEC Investigation Shows Maturation Of Cannabis Scrutiny

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into accounting irregularities at cannabis giant Cronos Group shows a shift from rooting out fraud and manipulation in marijuana penny stocks, to applying more traditional enforcement scrutiny to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

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