Cannabis

  • January 30, 2024

    Senate Dems Urge DOJ To Fully Decriminalize Marijuana

    A coalition of Democratic U.S. senators are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to remove marijuana from the scope of the federal Controlled Substances Act entirely instead of merely loosening restrictions on the drug, as federal health regulators had advised last year.

  • January 30, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Says Neighbor's Fire Caused $5M In Damages

    The owner of a California cannabis company claimed in California state court that a real estate investment firm's entity is liable for more than $5.1 million in damages caused by a March 2021 fire.

  • January 30, 2024

    Haynes Boone IP Partner Rejoins Alston & Bird In LA

    Alston & Bird LLP has rehired a Haynes and Boone LLP partner to its Los Angeles intellectual property practice after she worked for years in private practice and as in-house counsel at United Airlines and Toyota Motor and advised a cannabis company, Alston & Bird announced Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Cannabis Co. TerrAscend Accused Of Retaliation

    A woman says she was hired by a cannabis company that was later acquired by TerrAscend Corp. around the time she developed a chronic medical condition, only to be fired after requesting accommodations, a Michigan federal lawsuit contends.

  • January 29, 2024

    Va. Tells 4th Circ. Hemp Law Not Preempted By Farm Bill

    The state of Virginia told the Fourth Circuit on Friday that a lower court was correct to deny hemp companies' bid for an injunction blocking the state's ban on intoxicating hemp products, saying the federal farm bill legalizing hemp empowered states to enact their own rules.

  • January 29, 2024

    Md. Pot Regulators' Social Equity Plan Challenged In New Suit

    A California attorney who has sued multiple state marijuana regulatory agencies over their licensure programs has now targeted Maryland in a new lawsuit accusing cannabis regulators there of enacting a social equity scheme that unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state applicants.

  • January 29, 2024

    Ex-Worker Accuses Trulieve Of Racial Discrimination

    Florida's largest medical marijuana company, Trulieve, has been accused of racial discrimination in a federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims the company fired him after he complained about his treatment.

  • January 29, 2024

    Cannabis Group Of The Year: Vicente LLP

    Vicente LLP helped orchestrate the creation of the largest employee-owned cannabis company and assisted in legalizing magic mushroom trips in Colorado, marking major wins in budding industries that face pushback and landing the firm among Law360's 2023 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2024

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: Federal Housing Bill Gets A New Shot

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill reintroduced legislation to protect access to federal housing for individuals using or selling cannabis in compliance with state programs. Legislators in multiple states pitched proposals to rein in hemp-derived intoxicating products. And in New Hampshire, Hawaii and Mississippi, lawmakers introduced or advanced proposals to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Here are some of the major legislative moves in hemp and cannabis policy from the past week.

  • January 26, 2024

    NLRB Official Says St. Louis Pot Workers Aren't In Agriculture

    Workers who process marijuana at a St. Louis cannabis growing facility aren't National Labor Relations Board-exempt agricultural employees, an NLRB official said in a decision greenlighting facility employees to vote on representation by a United Food and Commercial Workers local.

  • January 26, 2024

    CBD Co. Asks Judge To Reject Franchisee's $10M Claims

    The owner of the Your CBD Store brand has urged a Georgia federal court to snuff out an arbitration action brought by one of its franchisees seeking as much as $10 million in damages, according to a lawsuit that says an oral agreement between the two cannot be arbitrated.

  • January 26, 2024

    Jersey City Police Union Joins Suit Over Off-Duty Pot Policy

    The Jersey City, New Jersey, police officers' union has voluntarily become a defendant in the city's lawsuit over off-duty use of marijuana by members of the police force, saying some aspects of the case are not fully addressed by the other defendants.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Too Late To Sue Dinsmore Over Late Filing

    A Michigan appellate panel ruled Thursday that a cannabis company's suit against Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, alleging the firm missed the deadline to file the company's applications for Illinois cannabis dispensing licenses because it was "too busy" with other clients, was itself filed too late and properly thrown out.

  • January 26, 2024

    High Court Asked To Review FDA Flavored E-Cig Denials

    Vape maker Magellan Technology Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's denial of its application to market flavored e-cigarettes, saying there's a circuit split on whether the FDA gave companies proper notice of the criteria it would use.

  • January 26, 2024

    Cannabis Group Of The Year: Dentons

    The cannabis group at Dentons helped steer Canada-based Canopy Growth Corp.'s entrance into the U.S. marijuana market and shepherded multiple blockbuster deals, including The Parent Co.'s merger with its California neighbor Gold Flora, making the team one of Law360's 2023 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2024

    Ore. Pot Grower Drops Constitutional Challenge To State Law

    An Oregon marijuana wholesaler that sued the state in an effort to overturn a law preventing it from shipping cannabis for sale in other states has dropped its federal lawsuit.

  • January 25, 2024

    Colo. Panel Says Order Is Final When Interest Can Be Tallied

    A Colorado Court of Appeals panel found Thursday that an order granting prejudgment interest is final and appealable when the exact amount of interest can be easily calculated based on the order, a holding aimed at resolving a question left unanswered by another panel of the court.

  • January 25, 2024

    Fraudster To Plead Guilty In $18M Hemp Farm, CBD Scam

    A previously convicted fraudster has entered into a plea agreement in California federal court on one count of felony wire fraud for soliciting millions of dollars through false claims that the money was for a hemp farm that didn't exist and for a falsely hyped edible operation.

  • January 25, 2024

    Cannabis Group Of The Year: Cozen O'Connor

    From helping a cannabis firm relocate from Canada to the U.S., to arranging for cannabis company stock buyouts and lobbying for improved banking laws for cannabis companies, Cozen O'Connor has kept busy in the past year, earning it a place among Law360's 2023 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2024

    Canadian Court Tosses Data Breach Suit Against Pot Store

    A mom-and-pop dispensary can't sue a larger rival chain for allegedly relying on leaked financial information when deciding to open a nearby "predatory" location after an attempt to buy out the dispensary's owners fell through, a Canadian court ruled, calling the $40 million action frivolous and vexatious.

  • January 24, 2024

    Bid To Swap Chevron For An Old Standby Raises Doubts

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether a World War II-era doctrine encouraging courts to strongly consider agency statutory interpretations could replace the court's controversial so-called Chevron doctrine that requires judges to defer to those interpretations if a statute is ambiguous.

  • January 24, 2024

    Pot Insurance Suit Belongs In Federal Court, Judge Says

    A federal magistrate judge in New Mexico has recommended that a proposed class action over insurance coverage for medical cannabis not be sent back to state court, finding Wednesday that the federal court has jurisdiction to hear the suit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield and other insurers.

  • January 24, 2024

    Amyris Says Claim Releases Needed For Post-Ch. 11 Success

    Biotechnology company Amyris Inc. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday it needs to eliminate potential shareholder claims in order to emerge from its Chapter 11 case as a successful company.

  • January 24, 2024

    7th Circ. Says More Info Needed In Samsung Battery Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday sent back to district court a suit against South Korea-based Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. over an exploding battery, saying discovery is needed to determine whether the Indiana federal court has jurisdiction over the company.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • How Cannabis Cos. Are Adapting In Shifting Bankruptcy Arena

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    Recent bankruptcy cases show that federal courts have begun to demonstrate more openness to downstream businesses in the cannabis industry, and that even though receivership can be a viable option for those denied access to the bankruptcy system, it is not without its own risks and complexities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

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    ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Ohio Voters Legalize Cannabis — What Comes Next?

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    This month, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute that legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio, but the legalization timeline could undergo significant changes at the behest of the state's lawmakers, say Daniel Shortt and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • 5 New Calif. Laws Employers Need To Know

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    Now is a good time for employers to evaluate personnel rules to keep pace with California’s newly adopted employee protections, which go into effect early next year and include laws regarding reproductive loss leave, cannabis use, workplace violence prevention and noncompete agreements, say attorneys at Farella Braun.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Korea

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    Numerous ESG trends have materialized in South Korea in the past three years, with impacts ranging from greenwashing prevention and carbon neutrality measures to workplace harassment and board diversity initiatives, say Chang Wook Min and Hyun Chan Jung at Jipyong.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

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