Cannabis

  • 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."

  • February 08, 2024

    Pot Co. Owner Aims to Halt Md.'s Equity License Lottery

    The owner of a cannabis dispensary that was denied a spot in Maryland's lottery for social equity licenses is asking a federal court to put a halt on the lottery, saying she'll suffer irreparable harm because of the state's violation of the Constitution's dormant commerce clause.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ark. Urges 8th Circ. To End Block On New Hemp Law

    The state of Arkansas has told the Eighth Circuit that its new law banning intoxicating products with compounds derived from hemp is not preempted by federal statute and a lower court judge erred by ordering the state to halt enforcement of the new policy.

  • February 07, 2024

    Chemists Settle Suit Over CBD Refining Method

    Two chemists who claim to have developed a technique for turning CBD into a substance 10 times more valuable and the Utah-based cannabis company that hired them have agreed to settle claims that they were each defrauded by the other party, according to a notice filed in Colorado federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    NJ Cop Union Agrees Gun Law Doesn't Disturb State Pot Law

    The New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association said Wednesday that a federal gun control law and the state's cannabis legalization law don't clash with each other, supporting the state attorney general and police's bid to toss Jersey City's suit in federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    Investor Wants Fla. CBD Co.'s Atty DQ'd In Fraud Suit

    An investor in a Florida health goods company asked a federal judge Wednesday to disqualify an attorney from representing a company principal, saying the attorney should instead testify at trial because he knows about relevant contract negotiations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mass. Atty Gets 2 Years For 'Corruptly' Pushing Pot Bribe Plot

    A former Massachusetts attorney "violated his oath corruptly" by bribing a police chief with payments to his brother to win a local marijuana license for a client, a federal judge said Wednesday as he handed down a two-year prison term.

  • February 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Judge Doubts Samsung On Hook For Exploding Vape

    A Texas man injured when a Samsung battery in his e-cigarette exploded faced resistance from a Fifth Circuit judge Wednesday who disputed the idea the technology company could face a state personal injury suit just because its batteries were shipped to the Lone Star State for other purposes. 

  • February 06, 2024

    Calif. Lawmakers Pitch New Psychedelics Treatment Bill

    California lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bipartisan proposal to regulate the therapeutic administration of nature-derived psychedelics after the governor vetoed a previous proposal last year.

  • February 06, 2024

    Calif. Judge Axes Suit Over Pot Destroyed On Tribal Land

    A California federal judge has dismissed a marijuana grower's lawsuit against local law enforcement officials who he claims improperly seized and destroyed his crop lawfully grown on tribal land but is giving him another shot at filing, though she said "it seems unlikely" the farmer's suit will ultimately survive.

  • February 06, 2024

    Hemp Organization Tells 8th Circ. Delta-8 Products Are Lawful

    A hemp industry trade organization on Tuesday urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a lower court's order blocking enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans hemp-derived intoxicants, saying the products were lawful under the federal law that legalized hemp.

  • February 06, 2024

    NASCAR Museum Owner Still Bad-Mouthing ITG, Court Told

    The owner of a North Carolina museum dedicated to the NASCAR Winston Cup has willfully violated a settlement agreement with ITG Brands LLC by allegedly continuing to disparage the tobacco giant on social media and in interviews, the state Business Court heard during a hearing Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Issues Ahead As Psychedelic Medicine Faces Pivotal Moment

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    Recent regulatory changes and decriminalization efforts have opened doors for research and development in psychedelic medicine, but challenges like stigma, access and funding persist, meaning companies will need to address these issues to support the industry’s credibility, say consultants at FTI Consulting.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • NY Cannabis Licensing Row Compounds State Industry Woes

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    A New York trial court’s recent injunction, preventing state regulators from issuing any new cannabis retail licenses, is the latest setback in a program rollout riddled with legal challenges and other delays, and will likely have negative impacts on operators, applicants, consumers and the state economy, say Meaghan Feenan and William Wolfe at Harris Beach.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • In Ga., Promptness Is Key To Setting Aside Default Judgments

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    The Georgia Court of Appeals' recent vacating of a lower court's decision to set aside a default judgment against Samsung Electronics America is a reminder of the processes and arguments provided by Georgia's statutes for challenging default judgments — including the importance of responding quickly, says Katy Robertson at Swift Currie.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Opinion

    Laws Based On Rapid Drug Tests Are Unscientific And Unfair

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    Given the widespread legalization of marijuana, states are increasingly implementing laws to penalize drivers under the influence of drugs, but the laws do more harm than good as the rapid tests they rely on do not accurately measure impairment, say Josh Bloom and Henry Miller at the American Council on Science and Health.

  • 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.

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