• March 04, 2024

    Tobacco Cos. Urge DC Circ. To Ax Broad Health Warning Order

    Tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and ITG Brands have backed a bid to overturn a D.C. district court order classifying Philip Morris USA's electronic tobacco devices, called HeatSticks, as "cigarettes," thereby subjecting them to the same marketing requirements that warn consumers of the negative health effects of smoking.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pot User Cites Bruen In Bid To Escape Gun Charge Indictment

    A man who police say fired a shotgun at his neighbor's front door is looking to evade criminal charges related to having and transferring a gun while using marijuana, filing a dismissal bid to the same judge who declared identical charges levied on the defendant's wife unconstitutional.

  • March 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Rejects Abstention In Calif. Pot Permit Law Challenge

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday reversed and remanded a district court's decision to abstain from a challenge to Sacramento's social equity cannabis licensure program, saying even if a state court clarified the program's unambiguous residency requirements, it wouldn't change the outcome of the plaintiff's federal commerce clause claim.

  • March 04, 2024

    Smoke Shop Worker Says Planet Zong Didn't Pay Full Wages

    A former worker for Arizona's Planet Zong smoke and vape shop is suing the company, saying that it misclassified him as an independent contractor when he was an employee, and didn't pay him minimum wage and overtime as required under federal law.

  • March 01, 2024

    Cannabis Consulting Co. Says Clinic Owes $101K On Contract

    A laboratory and consulting firm that focuses on the cannabis industry alleged that a Michigan clinic owes the firm more than $100,000 for unpaid services, according to a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court.

  • March 01, 2024

    5th Circ. Accepts Miss. Medical Pot Co. Ad Ban Lawsuit

    A Mississippi medical marijuana dispensary is taking its fight to upend a state law banning medical cannabis advertising to the Fifth Circuit, asking the appeals court to review a federal judge's decision to toss its First Amendment claims.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ariz. Senate Passes Bill For Psilocybin Treatment Centers

    Arizona clinics could treat certain kinds of mental health issues with psilocybin mushrooms as early as 2026, after the state Senate passed a bipartisan bill allowing for facilities to secure licenses.

  • March 01, 2024

    Investment Co. Ordered To Follow Wage Suit Settlement

    An investment advisory company must abide by a settlement previously approved by a New York federal court to resolve a former employee's unpaid wage claims, a federal judge has ruled.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Co. Says Neighbor Let Transient Grow Pot And Cause Fire

    A Los Angeles County cannabis entrepreneur is suing owners of a neighboring property whose building caught fire, allegedly due to an illicit grow operation run by "the local transient," sending smoke and soot into the legal cultivation facility, causing the total loss of his inventory and some $10 million worth of damages.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Biz Founder Says Co. Runners Must Renew License

    A cannabis entrepreneur is asking a Los Angeles judge to order the two men she says "hijacked" her business to renew its cannabis license with the city, saying that at a recent hearing they incorrectly said that their bid to transfer the license to another location had already effected the renewal.

  • February 29, 2024

    NC Says Court Blocked From Philip Morris Franchise Tax Row

    The North Carolina Department of Revenue is urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a loss for Philip Morris in the agency's fight to fetch more than $300,000 in franchise tax from the tobacco giant, arguing that state law forbids an administrative court from contemplating the constitutionality of tax law.

  • February 28, 2024

    Calif. Judge Denies Ethics Complaint Of Drugs, Antisemitism

    A California state judge categorically denied an ethics complaint accusing him of using a cannabis oil vape pen, pantomiming "something similar to a lap dance" on a woman married to a local public defender and repeatedly calling another public defender an antisemitic slur during a camping trip.

  • February 28, 2024

    Tilray Can't Get Exec's $4M Arbitration Award Tossed

    Cannabis company Tilray Brands Inc. can't evade a nearly $4 million arbitration award to a former executive it fired, a federal judge ruled, saying the company's arguments for why the Washington district court should have jurisdiction over a Minnesota arbitration are "wrong on all counts."

  • February 28, 2024

    Suit Blames Father-Son Mismanagement For Pot Co. Collapse

    A member of a Colorado cannabis cultivation and dispensary business is asking a state district court to appoint a receiver over the company, saying a father and son involved have mismanaged the company by buying unlicensed cannabis plants and failing to prepare a processing facility.

  • February 28, 2024

    Delayed Filing Dooms Bid To Block Maryland Pot Licenses

    A Maryland federal judge has denied a cannabis entrepreneur's bid to block the state's social equity license lottery, saying her delay in filing both her suit and the motion for an injunction outweighs the harm she'll suffer from the lottery going ahead.

  • February 27, 2024

    10th Circ. Backs FDA E-Cigarettes Marketing Denial

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday upheld the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's denials of two companies' applications to market flavored e-cigarettes, rejecting their argument that the agency secretly planned to reject any applications without long-term studies.

  • February 27, 2024

    Vape Supplier Asks 9th Circ. To Toss $892K Award

    A vape company that supplies products for use with cannabis is asking the Ninth Circuit to overturn a district court decision affirming an $892,000 arbitration award against it in a distributor's contract dispute, saying the district court ignored evidence of fraud.

  • February 27, 2024

    NJ Town Residents Say Cannabis Laws Violate Federal Law

    A group of residents of Highland Park, New Jersey, are suing the town, aiming to overturn town ordinances allowing for the sale and distribution of cannabis, saying they are in conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act and state law.

  • February 26, 2024

    Altria Unit Drops Suit Against Dozens Of Vape Makers

    Altria Group Inc. subsidiary NJOY has quietly dropped a California federal lawsuit accusing more than 30 vape product makers of breaking state and federal laws by selling flavored tobacco products that are forbidden in the Golden State.

  • February 26, 2024

    UK Photog Drops Copyright Claims Against Cannabis Co.

    A photographer who accused a cannabis licensing firm of using his image of the Empire State Building to push sales without his say-so has quietly dropped his copyright suit in New York federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Vape Wholesaler TM Dispute Booted From Illinois Court

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed a trademark dispute between HS Wholesale Ltd. and HS Global Distribution LLC, saying HS Global doesn't have sufficient contact with the state for the court to have jurisdiction over the claims.

  • February 23, 2024

    Tribal Biz Atty Must Meet Calif. DA Over Greenhouse Wreckage

    A California federal judge has ordered the lawyer for a business owned by a tribal conglomerate to attend a hearing with San Bernardino County's district attorney, saying the lawyer must explain why he forced the DA to file a unilateral status report about the destruction of illegal cannabis greenhouses.

  • February 23, 2024

    Cannabis Workers Say Co. Imposed Quotas, Didn't Pay Up

    California cannabis company Glass House Brands Inc. and a number of its subsidiaries were hit with a proposed class action suit Tuesday claiming it bilked workers out of sick pay, minimum wage and lunch breaks and that it illegally enforced quotas.

  • February 23, 2024

    Tobacco Cos. Look To Nix COPD Suit Decades After Diagnosis

    Tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris asked a Massachusetts state judge on Friday to end a wrongful death lawsuit brought decades after a woman's COPD diagnosis and nearly three years after her death, pointing to a state high court ruling last summer that affirmed strict time limits for such claims.

  • February 23, 2024

    NY Clerk Defends Barring Felons From Juries In Dismissal Bid

    New York County's commissioner of jurors has urged a federal judge to dismiss a Black public defender's racial bias suit challenging the Manhattan court system's exclusion of people with felony convictions from juries, arguing the attorney fails to allege the exclusion was applied with a discriminatory motive or in a discriminatory way.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoid Telehealth Pitfalls In A Post-Pandemic Environment

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    As federal and state governments roll out various changes to regulation of telehealth services, health practitioners should remain vigilant and ensure that necessary professional standards — such as proper note-taking and documentation — are not neglected in a remote environment, say attorneys at Kaufman Borgeest.

  • 3rd Circ. Ruling Fine-Tunes The 'But It's Hemp' Defense

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    The Third Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Rivera decision, upholding the appellant’s conviction for marijuana possession, clarifies that defendants charged with trafficking marijuana have the burden of proving that the cannabis is actually federally legal hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, say attorneys at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Conn. Regulators Are Coming For Unlawful Cannabis Sales

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    Regulatory and enforcement efforts against unlicensed cannabis sales in Connecticut have been ramping up this year, so it behooves retailers to prioritize compliance with all relevant statutes, lest they attract unwelcome scrutiny, says Eric Del Pozo at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Potential Marijuana Status Change Would Shift Industry Risks

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    Cannabis companies and their insurers should pay close attention to how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' move toward marijuana reclassification plays out, and the potential for a shakeup in the landscape for cannabis regulation at the state and federal levels, says Ian Stewart at Wilson Elser.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • What Big Tobacco's Cannabis Investments Mean For Market

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    The tobacco industry appears to be shoring up investments in the cannabis market, most recently with Philip Morris’ purchase of an Israeli cannabis tech company, pointing to a bright future for vaped and noncombustible products, and signaling that marijuana rescheduling may be on the horizon, say Slates Veazey and Whitt Steineker at Bradley Arant.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's Next For Adult-Use Marijuana In Ohio

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    After Ohio voters defeated a proposal that would have made it harder to pass any citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, a state ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana has fairly good chances of passing — but advocates still face a long road ahead, say Perry Salzhauer and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • 2023 Farm Bill Could Follow Md., Minn. Or NY's Lead On Hemp

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    As potential changes to federal hemp policy are hammered out in the 2023 Farm Bill, lawmakers may look to recent regulations promulgated in Maryland, Minnesota and New York, which provide several possible regulatory frameworks for hemp and synthetic cannabinoids, say Seth Gitner and Jonathan Havens at Saul Ewing.

  • What's Notable In Connecticut's New Cannabis Laws

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    The Connecticut Legislature recently passed four bills containing cannabis provisions — ranging from applicable tax credits to labor agreement requirements — that may prove to be a mixed bag for state operators, say Sarah Westby and Deanna McWeeney at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

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