Cannabis

  • January 24, 2024

    Cannabis Group Of The Year: Burns & Levinson

    Burns & Levinson LLP's cannabis group spearheaded a first-of-its-kind receivership that ultimately led to a $22 million default and eventual sale of the debtor company's assets, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2024

    Cannabist Co. Says Suit Over $25M Deal Came Too Late

    Cannabist Company Holdings Inc. said this week an associate's lawsuit in New York federal court claiming he was never paid for his work expanding the company into Florida and securing one of the state's few medical marijuana licenses was filed too late, dooming all of his claims.

  • January 23, 2024

    Challenge To NYC Ban On Jurors With Felonies Can Proceed

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Black public defender with a 15-year-old conviction for drug possession has standing to pursue his putative class action challenging the Manhattan court system's exclusion of people with felony convictions from juries.

  • January 23, 2024

    DOJ Seeks Dismissal Of Challenge To Federal Cannabis Ban

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday urged a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss a legal challenge to the federal prohibition on marijuana, arguing that courts have consistently upheld the federal government's ban on pot and rejected previous efforts to overturn it.

  • January 23, 2024

    Miss. Beats 1st Amendment Challenge To Cannabis Ad Ban

    A Mississippi federal judge Monday tossed a suit alleging state regulations restricting marijuana advertising violate licensed business operators' First Amendment right to free speech, saying the relief sought would constitute an unwarranted intrusion by a federal court on state's rights.

  • January 23, 2024

    4th Circ. Skeptical Of Fired CBD User's Disability Bias Suit

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday appeared dubious of reviving a North Carolina worker's suit claiming she was wrongly fired from a real estate development firm after testing positive for marijuana, as her counsel struggled at times to find answers to the judges' questions.

  • January 23, 2024

    Pa. DA Sues Over Federal Gun Ban For Medical Pot Patients

    The district attorney for Warren County, Pennsylvania, joined a gun rights group in suing the federal government to overturn laws barring medical cannabis patients from buying or owning guns, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 23, 2024

    Cannabis Group Of The Year: Akerman

    Akerman LLP secured three commercial loans worth a combined $100 million for multistate cannabis operators in 2023, marking a major accomplishment in what is still a tough financing environment for cannabis companies and landing the firm among Law360's 2023 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2024

    3 Takeaways From Health Officials' Marijuana Proposal

    Federal health regulators have acknowledged for the first time that marijuana has a currently accepted medical use, can be safe to use under medical supervision and has fewer associated dangers than other highly restricted drugs and even alcohol.

  • January 22, 2024

    4th Circ. Preview: Timberland's TM Bid Kicks Off 2024

    The Fourth Circuit will kick off 2024 by probing Timberland's bid to trademark its footwear and pondering an embattled insurance mogul's attempt to escape a $524 million judgment.

  • January 22, 2024

    Philip Morris Can't Keep Baltimore Litter Suit In Federal Court

    Philip Morris USA Inc. has lost its bid to keep a city of Baltimore suit over cigarette butt litter in federal courts, with a Maryland federal judge rejecting arguments that the suit raises substantial federal questions and sending it back to a state trial court.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-DEA Agent Drops Termination Case Over THC Test

    An investigator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who petitioned the Federal Circuit to reverse the agency's decision to fire him for having THC in his system after consuming CBD products, has agreed to drop his appeal, according to a stipulation of dismissal submitted to the court.

  • January 22, 2024

    High Court Won't Hear Liability Question In Counterfeit Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case regarding whether the owner of a business found to have willfully sold counterfeit tobacco rolling papers is individually liable for an $11 million judgment against him and his company.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Montana Legislature Gets Chance To Quash Pot Law Veto

    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen must allow the Legislature an opportunity to allocate cannabis tax revenue to build and maintain rural roads under a vetoed state Senate bill, a Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled, finding lawmakers' opportunity to override the governor's decision was effectively stifled.

  • January 19, 2024

    Minn. Pot Dept. Urges Lower Social Equity Ownership Barrier

    The Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management has made several recommendations to the Legislature regarding regulation of the state's fledgling industry, including a 51% ownership requirement for social equity licensing and limiting local input in awarding licenses, according to an annual report from the division.

  • January 19, 2024

    Fake Tags, Odor Justified NC Officer's Pot Search, Panel Finds

    A man charged with drug distribution after saying someone else might have smoked cannabis in a vehicle with fake tags that he was driving will have to face his charges after a North Carolina appellate panel found that the officer had probable cause based on multiple factors, including the smell.

  • January 18, 2024

    FDA Won't Allow Chinese Co. To Market Vape Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected a vape company's application requesting permission to sell nearly two dozen of its products in the United States, making it more than 18 months since the agency granted approval to any electronic cigarette product.

  • January 18, 2024

    5th Circ. Tees Up High Court Case Against Agency Protections

    A divided Fifth Circuit panel has all but encouraged a U.S. Supreme Court challenge of long-standing limits to the president's power to fire executive branch subordinates, even while reversing a court's finding that the structure of the federal consumer protection agency violated the constitutional separation of powers.

  • January 18, 2024

    NY Regulators Received 6,800 Adult-Use Pot License Apps

    New York cannabis regulators received and are currently reviewing 6,800 applications for adult-use business licenses, 70% of which came from social and economic equity applicants, attorneys heard at a cannabis law conference in Manhattan on Thursday.

  • January 18, 2024

    SEC, US Trustee Object To Releases In Amyris' Ch. 11 Plan

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Trustee's Office have expressed new concerns about nonconsensual third-party releases in biotechnology company Amyris' Chapter 11 plan, arguing that such releases are only allowed in extraordinary circumstances that were not met by the debtor.

  • January 18, 2024

    Hemp Cos. Tell 8th Circuit To Keep Block On New Ark. Law

    A group of hemp companies challenging a new Arkansas law regulating hemp-derived intoxicants is asking the Eighth Circuit to affirm an injunction blocking the law's enforcement, saying the district court was right in finding it was preempted by federal law.

  • January 17, 2024

    'Chaos' Warning Resonates As Justices Mull Chevron's Fate

    A conservative-led campaign against the 40-year-old doctrine of judicial deference to federal regulators appeared vulnerable at U.S. Supreme Court arguments Wednesday to predictions of a litigation tsunami, as justices fretted about an onslaught of suits and politicization of the federal judiciary.

  • January 17, 2024

    Thomas Gets Laugh, Agrees Prior Ruling Is 'Embarrassment'

    The specter of a major 2005 telecommunications ruling hung over U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Wednesday as he and his colleagues considered whether to toss the court's decades-old precedent instructing judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Regulatory Shift May Offer Lifeline To NY's Cannabis Industry

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    Recent developments may help to open up the regulatory log jam and increase the number of licensed dispensaries in New York state, and can eventually allow the licensed cannabis market to win out over unlicensed dispensaries, say attorneys at Davis+Gilbert.

  • Why Hemp-Synthesized Intoxicants Need Uniform Regs

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    State laws regulating hemp-synthesized intoxicants are a patchwork with little consistency between any given state, and without the adoption of a uniform regulatory framework, producers and consumers alike will need to be very cautious, say Dylan Anderson and Seth Goldberg at Duane Morris.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • State Regs Sow Discord Between Cannabis, Hemp Industries

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    Connecticut, Maryland and Washington are the latest states choosing to require intoxicating hemp products to comply with the states' recreational marijuana laws, resulting in a widening rift between cannabis and hemp as Congress works on crafting new hemp legislation within the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill, say attorneys at Wilson Elser.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

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