Cannabis

  • 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.

  • February 23, 2024

    Judge Bars Convicted Hemp Co. Exec From Securities Trade

    A Manhattan federal judge has barred a hemp company executive from participating in securities trade, after the executive was convicted of fraud and as a suit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging he schemed to misappropriate $1.8 million in investor funds remains pending.

  • February 23, 2024

    Vaping Co. Attys Get $86K Fees For Contract Suit Win

    A Los Angeles judge has awarded $86,334 in fees to attorneys for Germany-based Vaping360 GMBH following the company's $821,040 trial win in a contract dispute over website commissions.

  • February 23, 2024

    Pot Rescheduling Could Spur Inventory Accounting Change

    If cannabis is reclassified to a lower tier under the Controlled Substances Act, it would unlock significant tax benefits for cannabis companies, such as allowing them to take standard business deductions, but they may need to account for their inventories differently to take full advantage.

  • February 22, 2024

    Bong Co. Can't Win Against Shop That Didn't Appear In Court

    The maker of Stündenglass-branded glass infusers shouldn't get a win over a retailer that didn't bother to put up a defense against the manufacturer's trademark infringement suit, a federal court recommended, noting that this is at least the fourth time the company's claims against California smoke shop owners has missed the mark when seeking a default judgment.

  • February 22, 2024

    'Gullible' Lender Wins $2.8M Judgment Against Cannabis Co.

    A businessman who pitched opening a "lucrative cannabis operation" to a lender must pay back the $2.8 million borrowed, a Los Angeles County judge ruled, saying the entrepreneur took "advantage of" the financier's "lack of business sophistication."

  • February 22, 2024

    Alaska Pot Dispensary Owner Charged With COVID Aid Fraud

    An Alaska businesswoman has been indicted on allegations that she used misrepresentations to obtain forgivable loans meant to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • February 21, 2024

    Cannabis CEOs Wasted Wealthy Russian's Money, Suit Claims

    Two California businessmen who were given $145 million by a now dead Russian billionaire to begin cannabis growing operations in the state are accused of gross mismanagement and squandering his investment, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County court.

  • February 21, 2024

    Judge Won't Strike 'Excessive' $2.3M Tobacco TM Verdict

    A federal judge in Atlanta has said he won't reduce a $2.3 million verdict against two Georgia wholesalers of cigarette rolling paper accused of selling knockoffs, saying the jury's determination on the amount of the damages is "something the court cannot second-guess."

  • February 21, 2024

    Kratom Buyers Say Sellers Hid Opioid-Like Addiction Risks

    A pair of kratom users are suing Ashlynn Marketing Group Inc., alleging the company hid the fact that its kratom-based products are addictive in a similar way to opioids while marketing them as safe and natural supplements.

  • February 20, 2024

    Calif. Tribe Looks To Undo Tobacco Noncompliance Listing

    The Twenty-Nine Palms of Mission Indians is suing the U.S. government in California federal court over its decision to place the tribe on a "non-compliant list" under a law that targets illegal tobacco trafficking, arguing that its operations comply with all applicable state laws.

  • February 20, 2024

    Tenn. Jury Sides With Cops Over Raids On Legal CBD Shops

    A Tennessee federal jury rejected claims that a county and local law enforcement engaged in a conspiracy to violate a CBD shop owner's civil rights by raiding and shuttering his and others' stores, despite allegedly knowing that the products he sold were legal under both state and federal law.

  • February 20, 2024

    Skipped Hearing Sinks Conn. Pot Store Fight, Court Told  

    A lawsuit seeking to revoke the approval of a cannabis retail permit in Stamford, Connecticut, cannot proceed because a coalition of anti-pot taxpayers followed the wrong process by skipping a public hearing and suing instead, the city's counsel told a state judge during an oral argument on Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pot Cos. Say They'll Be Ruined Unless Detroit Facility Opens

    Four cannabis companies have urged a Michigan federal court to prohibit the city of Detroit from taking any action that would impede their $15 million marijuana processing facility from opening, saying they are "in immediate danger of financial ruin" unless they operate the site as planned.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pot Shop Says Trade Group CEO Bungled License Bid

    The leader of a cannabis industry trade group is being accused in a lawsuit of convincing the owner of a dispensary to invest in what he was promised would be a "guaranteed" license to operate another retail location, only to mishandle the process.

  • February 16, 2024

    Drugs, Sex, Antisemitism Top Complaint Against Calif. Judge

    A California state judge is facing an ethics complaint that accuses 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 16, 2024

    ADA Does Not Protect Medical Pot Use, Vt. Court Says

    A Vermont transit worker can't pursue a civil rights lawsuit against his employer who terminated him after he tested positive for marijuana, a Vermont federal judge has ruled, saying the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't protect people with disabilities treated with medical marijuana.

  • February 16, 2024

    The Congressman Who Reps Cannabis Reform On Capitol Hill

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer speaks to Law360 about the prospects for Congress enacting marijuana reform, why he supports moving cannabis to Schedule III and some of the drug policy triumphs and setbacks in his home state of Oregon.

  • February 15, 2024

    Colo. Cannabis Co. Says It Was Stiffed On $1.4M Seed Bill

    A Colorado-based supplier of feminized cannabis seeds is claiming that an Oregon farming company and the private investment bank that backed it have skipped out on a $1.4 million bill, according to a complaint filed in Boulder County District Court.

  • February 15, 2024

    What Rescheduling Pot Would Mean For Criminal Justice Reform

    While federal drug enforcers mull a recommendation from health regulators to loosen restrictions on marijuana, criminal justice reformers are warning that rescheduling the drug would not realize President Joe Biden's campaign promise to decriminalize marijuana.

  • February 15, 2024

    8 Men Get Jail Time In $2M Hemp Wine Pump-And-Dump Ploy

    Ohio federal prosecutors have announced the convictions of eight men charged with participating in a pump-and-dump scheme meant to boost the Global Resource Energy Inc. stock price, which purportedly planned to offer hemp-infused wine.

  • February 14, 2024

    Energy Co. Says Tribal Court Being Used To Duck $12M Award

    Merit Energy Operations is asking a federal district court to block two Wyoming tribes from using the tribal judicial system to vacate a $12.6 million arbitration award against them, saying the move is a blatant attempt to escape the ultimate result in the case.

  • February 14, 2024

    SEC Says Bankruptcy Doesn't Stop Crowdfunding Fraud Case

    Securities regulators are urging a Michigan federal judge to allow them to press on with their claims against the alleged mastermind behind a $2 million crowdfunding scheme — who has since quietly changed his name and allegedly bilked his attorney — arguing that his recent bankruptcy filing shouldn't pause proceedings.

  • February 14, 2024

    Hemp Seller's Suit Over Ga. Sheriff's Raid Sent To State Court

    A lawsuit alleging a Georgia sheriff illegally seized legal cannabis products from a hemp extract company has been sent back to state court after a district judge said a federal probe into the business did not justify keeping the case in his court.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • Landmark Ark. Ruling Is Welcome News For Hemp Industry

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    An Arkansas federal court's recent ruling in Bio Gen v. Sanders creates a road map for plaintiffs to attack state laws that restrict hemp, making it one of the most important cases to date addressing the 2018 Farm Bill and state laws regarding hemp, says Rod Kight at Kight Law.

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    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • New Calif. Hemp, CBD Rules Affect Nationwide Compliance

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    Because of its huge market share, it is imperative that operators in every state understand the nuances of California's hemp and CBD regulatory regime, including policies refined over the past year and pending legislation that would allow cannabis licensees to sell, manufacture and distribute hemp and CBD products, say Alexis Lazzeri and Meital Manzuri at Manzuri Law.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Why Bankruptcy Is A Budding Alternative For Cannabis Cos.

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    A set of recent decisions from a California bankruptcy court regarding The Hacienda Co. signal a retreat from a zero-tolerance policy requiring dismissal of any bankruptcy case involving a cannabis-related business, and show why cannabis companies could benefit from having full access to the bankruptcy system, say George Singer and Rachel Gillette at Holland & Hart.

  • Potential Outcomes Of High Court Gun Sentencing Case

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    In Brown v. U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the standard that triggers minimum sentencing enhancements for previously convicted people facing new gun charges, thus resolving a deepening circuit split and potentially alleviating some sentencing disparities, says attorney Sami Azhari.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • What An NCAA Drug Test Change Could Mean For Cannabis

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    If the NCAA follows through with its decision to remove cannabis from its banned list of substances, it will affect college athletes, athletic directors, public relations employees, and marketing departments at universities and colleges, and it will have a significant economic effect on the cannabis industry, say Stanley Jutkowitz and Sydney Jenkins at Seyfarth.

  • What Marijuana Status Change Would Mean For Industry

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    If the Drug Enforcement Administration accepts the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recent recommendation to change marijuana’s classification under federal law, it would be a significant regulatory shift that could foster many industry benefits — but questions, risks and uncertainties at both the state and federal levels would remain, say attorneys at Neal Gerber.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

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