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Five Common Problems in California Cannabis M&A Transactions

Now that we’re about two years into California cannabis licensing, our California cannabis attorneys are seeing a huge uptick in mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis space. It’s critical for potential M&A transactions to understand California cannabis laws and regulations and ensure that any M&A contracts are drafted with the regulations in mind. This is…
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Justices add securities-law case to merits docket, extend DACA argument

With less than two weeks to go before the Supreme Court hears oral argument in the challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the justices today expanded the time devoted to the argument from 60 to 80 minutes. The federal government will have 40 of…

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Kiva Lawsuit Highlights the Cannabis Industry’s Ongoing Trademark Troubles

Over the last couple of years, there has been quite a wide range of cannabis-related trademark disputes to write about on this blog, although most of those disputes have ultimately settled. Last year, Kiva Health Brands, LLC (“Kiva Health”) sued Kiva Brands Inc. (“Kiva Cannabis”) for trademark infringement, alleging that Kiva Cannabis’ “use of the…

Improv for First-Year Law Students?

Just over a year ago, in search of a mid-life growth opportunity, I began taking improv (i.e., improvisational performance) classes at a small theater in Pittsburgh. For decades, I had been a fan of improv as a comedy form but did not have the confidence to think that I could step on a stage and…

The Neota Logic LegalTech Guide for Corporate Legal Teams

LegalTech for Corporate Legal Departments – A guide to choosing the right technology Neota Logic commissioned a research report for legal departments wanting to invest in ...

Clifford Chance Advises On ‘Milestone’ DLT Islamic Bond, Based On R3’s Corda

Global law firm Clifford Chance has advised on the issuance of a pilot digital Islamic ‘bond’, or Sukuk, that utilised the distributed ledger technology (DLT) ...

The Legal Profession Amid A Global Pandemic — See Also

September Bar Exam? LOL: Basically New York law school deans. No Summer Program At This Firm: But will they be the only ones to cut summers? How's Biglaw Dealing With COVID-19: In one handy chart. Cahill's Having A Banger 2020: And they won't be cutting associates or their salaries. S.D.N.Y. Retired Judge Kevin Duffy: Rest…

Coronavirus: Prosecuting Our Way Out Of A Pandemic

Spotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, The Daily Appeal. In late January, the Public Security Department of China’s Hubei province, whose capital is Wuhan, announced that carriers of the novel coronavirus may face criminal charges if they intentionally…
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Bill Barr Takes Strong Stance And Immediately Backs Away From It — See Also

That Didn't Take Long: Bill Barr took a bold stand against White House interference in DOJ affairs. Then promptly ordered the Flynn case reopened. And then everyone realized it was all staged. What's The Matter With Judges: It's time to start rethinking how we deal with the judiciary. It's Just Not That Hard To Not…

‘Can Tech Truly Reduce The Cost of Legal Services?’ – The Big Question

[Note: this article has been re-posted due to a technical issue yesterday.] Artificial Lawyer has teamed up with QIARK – a pioneering natural language data analysis ...
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Symposium: Supreme Court should address lower court nullification of the Second Amendment

David B. Kopel is Research Director at the Independence Institute and an Adjunct Professor at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Randy Barnett is Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown Law. Kopel wrote and Barnett  joined an amicus brief filed by Second Amendment professors on behalf of the petitioners in New York…
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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the Department of Veterans Affairs enjoys a presumption in every veterans-benefit case that its medical examiner is competent, and whether, when a jury states that it is “unable to agree” on a defendant’s guilt for a greater offense and…
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Court fills out spring calendar with new grants

Last Friday the justices added five new cases, for a total of four hours of argument, to their docket for this term. The December 13 conference was the last regularly scheduled conference for 2019, but this morning the justices added five more new cases, again for a total of four hours of argument, to their…
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Hemp-CBD, Oregon and the Unlawful Trade Practices Act

This is the first in a three-part series addressing why companies making and sell hemp-derived CBD products ought to be concerned about state consumer protection laws and offering a few thoughts on how to mitigate the risk of running afoul of those laws. This week we will look at Oregon, followed by Washington, and California.…

‘It’s hard to combine venture capital with professional services’ – Atrium Co-Founder, Augie Rakow

Do venture capital (VC) and legal services have a problem? Do large heaps of cash – handed over on the basis of rapid and increasing ...

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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address a district court’s discretion to deny a request for a writ of habeas corpus to compel a nonparty inmate to appear as a trial witness and whether solicitation can constitute an “attempt” under the Controlled Substances Act. The petitions of the week are: Thomas…

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The Regulatory Twilight Zone: California Cannabis Transactions

For years now, I’ve seen and analyzed many different cannabis business relationships across the industry spectrum. Specifically, many proposed and draft agreements have come across my desk detailing the contractual relationships between a variety of parties in the cannabis industry for various purposes–from investors, ancillary services providers, and licensees to intellectual property holding companies, equipment…
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Event announcement: NYU Law Supreme Court term review and preview

Tomorrow, September 25, at 12:45 p.m. EDT in New York City, NYU Law will host a panel discussing the Supreme Court’s makeup as well as major cases from the previous and upcoming terms. The discussion will feature Roman Martinez of Latham & Watkins, NYU Law’s Richard Pildes and Amy Howe of “Howe on the Court,”…

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether a corporation that has been denied a state license to open a new abortion clinic may assert the 14th Amendment rights of hypothetical future patients as the basis for challenging the licensing requirement and the license denial, whether the…
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When Student Loans Attack — See Also

Law School Student Loan Defaults: Something no one wants to think about. Criminal Justice Reform Comes To Oklahoma: It's a bipartisan miracle. The Harvard Law Bird(s): A deep dive. Davis Polk Speaks: The latest in the racial discrimination case. Biglaw Accepts Bitcoin: What could possibly go wrong.