Cannabis

  • 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.

  • February 14, 2024

    Juul Gets More Antitrust Claims To Arbitration

    A California federal judge has sent two more claims against Juul to arbitration and dismissed a request for an injunction to block Altria's already-unwound investment in the company.

  • February 14, 2024

    Atty For Ex-Trump Official Accused Of Leaking Deposition

    The plaintiff in a federal fraud suit against a former Trump administrative State Department official and a Philadelphia attorney wants the defendants' attorney sanctioned and tossed from the case after the attorney allegedly shared depositions marked confidential with a third-party witness.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ex-Atty Can't Delay Prison Amid Pot Bribe Appeal, Judge Says

    A Boston federal judge on Wednesday shot down a former Massachusetts attorney's request to put off his 24-month prison sentence while appealing his conviction for bribing a local police chief to boost his client's retail cannabis application.

  • February 13, 2024

    Md. Cannabis Regulators Urge Court Not To Halt Licensure

    Maryland's cannabis regulators urged a federal judge to reject an out-of-state entrepreneur's bid to halt the lottery for social equity cannabis licenses on claims it's unconstitutional, saying she doesn't have standing because she didn't actually apply and wouldn't have qualified anyways.

  • February 13, 2024

    Samsung Echoes LG Chem In Vape Battery Arguments

    Samsung told a Houston appellate court Tuesday that it shouldn't be held liable for injuries a man incurred after a lithium-ion battery exploded in his pocket, saying the case fell outside the scope of recent battery explosion cases state courts have been wrangling with, despite making substantially similar arguments to the panel.

  • February 13, 2024

    Cannabis Site Co. Moves To Ax 'Rambling' Securities Suit

    Decentral Life and its licensees asked a Colorado federal judge Monday to toss an investor's "rambling and incomprehensible" securities fraud suit accusing them of making false statements to trick him into investing more than $1.7 million, arguing most of his allegations fail under the federal pleading requirements.

  • February 13, 2024

    Mass. Attys Welcome New Guardrails On Trial Time Limits

    Massachusetts attorneys largely welcomed a recent decision by the state's high court blessing time limits in certain situations in civil trials, citing the ruling's helpful guidance and limitations that will likely make ticking clocks less common in state courts than their federal counterparts.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ex-Atty Appealing Pot Bribe Conviction Says Prison Can Wait

    A former Massachusetts attorney convicted over an alleged cannabis licensing quid pro quo told a Boston federal judge Tuesday that multiple close-call legal issues warrant a delay of his 24-month prison sentence until the First Circuit decides his forthcoming appeal.

  • February 13, 2024

    Officer Says He Was Denied Work Due To Race, Med. Pot Use

    A Connecticut police officer who was injured in training says he was wrongfully denied disability retirement and was unable to secure administrative work after injuring his neck, experiencing discrimination based on his race and ethnicity as well as his physical disability.

  • February 13, 2024

    Pot Distributor Accuses 'Amazon Of Hemp' Of Breaking Contract

    A cannabis distribution company and a family farm are suing online retailer Mood Product Group LLC in North Carolina state court, saying Mood violated a distribution contract and took confidential information in a bid to cut its partners out of the supply chain.

  • February 13, 2024

    Detroit Judge Staves Off Ethics Charge Over Lying Witness

    Michigan's judicial watchdog fully dismissed Monday an ethics complaint against a Detroit judge alleging he facilitated perjury from a confidential informant while he was a prosecutor, though two commissioners said there was evidence to support that he lied about knowing the informant's true motivations.

  • February 12, 2024

    Tilray Slammed For 'Secret' Bid To Undo Exec's $4M Award

    A former Tilray executive accused the company of "cloak-and-dagger" legal maneuvering on Monday as she urged a federal judge to let stand her $4 million arbitration victory against the company, arguing that Tilray didn't even wait for her award to be finalized in Minnesota before running to a Washington court to void it.

  • February 12, 2024

    NC High Court Snapshot: Philip Morris Fights Tax Credit Limit

    North Carolina's top court will return in February from an extended hiatus to weigh whether a home healthcare company was correctly ejected from the state's Medicaid program, and if regulators were right to limit state export tax credits for tobacco giant Philip Morris.

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Urged To Halt Washington State Pot Licensing

    A Michigan resident and a California lawyer vying for one of Washington state's social equity cannabis licenses are urging the Ninth Circuit to block regulators from issuing the licenses because their program allegedly discriminates against out-of-state players.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cannabis Fintech Withheld $500K In $7.5M Deal, Suit Says

    A Washington state-based fintech firm that provides payment solutions to cannabis retailers failed to pay the final $500,000 in a $7.5 million deal to buy a rival company, according to a breach-of-contract suit filed in Seattle federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Says Conn. Wrongly Denied Social Equity Status

    A Connecticut cannabis retailer is appealing the denial of its application for one of the state's equity joint venture licenses, saying the Social Equity Council went against state law when it found that the company's co-owner no longer qualified as a social equity applicant.

  • February 09, 2024

    Philip Morris PTAB Win Overturned At Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit issued a precedential ruling on Friday that overturned a patent board finding that two claims in a patent owned a R.J. Reynolds subsidiary did not do what it described, a week after Reynolds' parent company privately settled its legal fight with Philip Morris over competing tobacco and vape products.

  • February 09, 2024

    Cigar Co. Doesn't Own 'Dragon' TM, Rival's Dismissal Bid Says

    The defendant in a trademark infringement suit from a cigar company has asked a Florida federal court to dismiss the case, saying that the plaintiff doesn't even own the registered marks it claims were infringed.

  • February 09, 2024

    DEA Wrong To Block Psilocybin Therapy, 9th Circ. Told

    The Drug Enforcement Administration was wrong to deny a Seattle-based physician's request to treat terminally ill patients with psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, under right-to-try laws, the Ninth Circuit was told recently.

  • February 09, 2024

    Pot Patients Say NM Insurance Case Triggers CAFA Exception

    A medical cannabis company doing business in New Mexico and several patients say a proposed class action over insurance coverage for medical cannabis belongs in state court partly because the case triggers a Class Action Fairness Act exception depriving federal jurisdiction that would otherwise be offered.

  • February 08, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Sues Colorado Regulators Over Tracking Rules

    A Colorado company that makes edible cannabis products has sued state regulators over what it describes as a confusing series of regulatory moves in recent months regarding the tracking of cannabis products and their insistence on the use of a particular tracking device through a state contractor.

  • February 08, 2024

    2nd Circ. Appoints Goodwin To Suit Over Fake Pot In NY Jail

    The Second Circuit has revived an incarcerated man's lawsuit seeking damages for his exposure to secondhand smoke from synthetic cannabinoid illicitly smuggled into a jail in Orange County, New York, saying his case has "potential merit," and appointed Goodwin Procter LLP as his counsel.

  • February 08, 2024

    Aurora Cannabis Buys No. 2 Australian Medical Pot Co.

    Aurora Cannabis Inc. said Thursday it has purchased the remaining roughly 90% equity interest of MedReleaf Australia that it doesn't already own at an enterprise value of AU$50 million ($32.5 million), in a cash and stock deal that the Canadian pot company said makes it the "largest global medical cannabis company operating in nationally legal markets."

Expert Analysis

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    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

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    ESG Around The World: Canada

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    In Canada, multiple statutes, regulations, common law and industry guidance address environmental, social and governance considerations, with debate over ESG in the business realm potentially growing on the horizon, say attorneys at Blakes.

  • 5 Legal Considerations For Psychedelic Therapy Sector

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    With multiple developments signaling the rise of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, it is imperative that clinicians understand unique legal nuances ranging from corporate formation to specialized insurance coverage, say Kimberly Chew and Natasha Sumner at Husch Blackwell.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

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    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • Bill Could Pave Path To 'Safer' Banking For Cannabis Industry

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    The Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation, or SAFER, Banking Act, which was recently passed by a U.S. Senate committee, creates potential for financial inclusion of legally operating cannabis businesses and could promote recognition of the disconnect between federal laws and services unavailable to the industry, says Mark Bell at Stinson.

  • 3 Significant Ohio Insurance Updates From 2023

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    The past year saw some significant changes and developments in Ohio's insurance coverage landscape, from new bad faith discovery mechanisms relating to out-of-state property to the Ohio Supreme Court's interpretation of what constitutes an assault or battery for coverage purposes, say Jenna Pletcher and William Peseski at Brouse McDowell. 

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Cannabis Banking Bill Uncertainty May Actually Be A Blessing

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    The passage of a cannabis banking law is alluring, but little will be lost if the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation Banking Act — facing stiff competition from other congressional priorities — gets tabled because the bill ultimately does little to meaningfully propel the industry toward full legalization, says Michael Rosenblum at Thompson Coburn.

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    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • FOIA Exemption Questions On Redacted HHS Cannabis Letter

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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' recent recommendation letter concerning the rescheduling of cannabis was heavily redacted, and based on an analysis on the applicability of Freedom of Information Act Exemption 5 to the letter, it's likely that we will see successful legal challenges to those redactions, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

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