Law Updates

Two Psychedelics Initiatives May Hit the Colorado November Ballot

July 29, 2022 | Psychedelics Law Updates

By: Associate Lizzie Fanckboner In 2019, Denver passed Ordinance 301, making it the first city in the US to decriminalize psilocybin-containing mushrooms. While the ordinance did not legalize psilocybin, it set out to “deprioritize, to the greatest extent possible” criminal penalties imposed by the City and County of Denver “for the personal use and personal… More

California Drops Cannabis Cultivation Tax, Aims to Bolster Licensed Market

July 18, 2022 | Cannabis Law Updates

By: Counsel James Raza Lawrence   California recently provided a jolt to its cannabis industry by eliminating its cannabis cultivation tax, effective July 1, 2022.  The cultivation tax has, for years, created a drag on California’s licensed cannabis market and caused many businesses to continue operating in the illicit, unlicensed market.  Given that the cannabis… More

Navigating the Rough Seas and Rocky Shores: Financial Restructuring in Cannabis

July 1, 2022 | Cannabis Law Updates

By: Counsel Tomas Ortiz   As businesses struggle through the rough currents of today’s economy, inflation, and post-pandemic conditions, many are considering and reconsidering their options in navigating through the rough seas and rocky shores – how to survive and stay in business or how to exit gracefully and effectively. This is particularly true in… More

What’s Happening on Arizona’s Recently Awarded 26 Social Equity Licenses? Not much, at least not publicly…

May 23, 2022 | Cannabis Law Updates

By: Partner Janet Jackim   Randomized Drawing to the Select Few.  On April, 8 2022 the Arizona Department of Health Services conducted a digital lottery on approximately 1,500 applications to award 26 adult use only marijuana dispensary licenses.  The drawing did not disappoint several regional and multi-state operators who had partnered with sometimes hundreds of… More

It’s Never Too Late. California Takes Another Step Towards the Regulation of CBD.

May 19, 2022 | Cannabis Law Updates

By: Counsel Tomas Ortiz   Almost four years after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, California is taking another significant step toward regulating hemp-derived CBD. Legislative efforts to regulate CBD in California have failed, until last year, when the state finally passed Assembly Bill – 45, which allowed for the inclusion of hemp and… More

IP In The Metaverse: Who Would Own What In Our New Reality?

May 6, 2022 | Metaverse Law Updates

By: Foreign Attorney Radhi Shah The metaverse may be thought of as a permutation of multi-layered digital spaces that augment the physical world, immersive digital worlds through avatars, and the internet. No longer a science fiction construct, the metaverse has become real. Metaverse inherently raises various questions about ownership, transfer of value, rights protection, and… More

Cannabis Companies – Don’t Stop At Cannabis Regulation Compliance – Labor Code Compliance Is Also Essential

April 14, 2022 | Cannabis Law Updates, US Law Updates

By: Associate Michael A. Carlin Complying with California’s regulations related to cannabis businesses can be challenging. However, it is important to keep in mind that compliance with the Department of Cannabis Control is only one aspect of the requirements imposed by California state law. Overlooking compliance with California’s labor code can result in cannabis businesses… More

You Have Just Developed A New Quantum Product – Now What?

March 18, 2022 | US Law Updates

By: Of Counsel Mark Bloomberg   Successfully bringing a new quantum product to market presents a number of challenges.  First, you have to create the product.  Second, there must be demand for that product in the market.  Third, you have to compete with others in that market.  And, fourth, you have to produce a reliable… More

The Intersection of Cannabis and Clean Energy: What’s on the Horizon for these Emerging Industries?

March 2, 2022 | Cannabis Law Updates, Cleantech Updates

By Counsel Lolla Stovall Cannabis sales are accelerating swiftly as legalization efforts push through, increasing a whopping 67% in 2020 alone. The cannabis industry is now worth more than $60 billion and should exceed $100 billion by the end of the decade. Increasing sales naturally require increasing production. And as production has increased, the environmental… More

New Jersey Rolls Out Dates for Processing Cannabis Business Applications

November 18, 2021 | Cannabis Law Updates

By Jonathan M. Purow, Counsel At its meeting on November 10, 2021, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission announced that it will start accepting applications for cultivation, manufacturing, and testing lab licenses on December 15, 2021, and applications for retail licenses on March 15, 2022. The applications will be accepted and approved on a rolling… More

Why and When an Appellate Litigator Should be Hired

September 13, 2021 | Appellate Law Update

By Robert A. Mandel, Partner & Head of Appellate Practice Group Those of us fortunate enough to litigate cases in the appellate courts are often asked if and when trial counsel should turn to us for assistance. We get those questions all the time—particularly from our clients’ in-house counsel and trial attorneys. And it should… More

Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act: Senate Majority Leader Schumer Pushes for Legalization

July 19, 2021 | Cannabis Law Updates

By Robert A. Mandel, Dr. Jayashree Mitra, and Jonathan M. Purow Despite the absence of White House support, United States Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) unveiled on Thursday a preliminary draft of the ambitious Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (“CAOA”), which, if enacted, would decriminalize cannabis if cultivated, manufactured, sold, administered, used, and possessed in a regulatory-compliant manner and preserve at least parts of existing… More

Bill Decriminalizing Possession of Psychedelics Approved by California Lawmakers

June 9, 2021 | Psychedelics Law Updates

By Tom Zuber and Radhi Shah The State of California took a step closer to decriminalizing possession of psychedelic drugs as the senate passed a bill SB 519, 21-16 on a floor vote. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, cleared three separate committees. The State Department of Public Health would be required to establish… More

Non-Fungible Tokens

April 26, 2021 | Blockchain Law Updates, US Law Updates

From “The Matrix” By Josh Lawler The concept of the collectible is fundamental to the human spirit. Children start collecting things before they can walk. The fascination with collecting only increases as we get older. For most, a collection is fairly simple. Baseball cards, luxury cars, toys, comic books, art, merit badges; sure; but people also… More

We Are Open For Business – Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis in New York

April 2, 2021 | Cannabis Law Updates, US Law Updates

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Zuber Lawler Represents Auto Konnect in Summary Judgement Victory Against BMW of North America, LLC

January 6, 2021 | US Law Updates

On January 4, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted partial summary judgment for Zuber Lawler client Auto Konnect, LLC, that BMW of North America, LLC breached a service provider contract between the parties by directly hiring all 38 Auto Konnect employees providing services to BMW, destroying that entire division… More

Cannabis, Hemp and the Evergreen Promise of Bankruptcy

January 7, 2021 | Cannabis Law Updates

By Tomas A. Ortiz It has now been two years since the 2018 Farm Bill became law and, despite legalization, the hemp industry continues to experience some choppy waters. There remains inconsistency and uncertainty surrounding regulatory framework (both at state and local levels), litigation and uncertainty with the DEA, ongoing access challenges to banking and… More

Adjusting to the New Normal: Practical Tips for Working From Home

April 17, 2020 | US Law Updates

  By Mark J. Johnston Contributors  Martin P. Greene, John C. (“Jay”) Maloney, Jr., Agnés Sullivan, Giselle B. (“Gigi”) May   Welcome to the second issue of the  Zuber Lawler Covid-19 Task Force Client Alert. This one is designed to provide useful suggestions to human resource personnel. We have made it easy for you to simply review the contents and forward… More

COVID-19 Executive Orders: Is Your Business Essential?

| US Law Updates

  By Martin P. Greene Contributors  John C. (“Jay”) Maloney, Jr., Agnes Sullivan, Giselle B. (“Gigi”) May,  Mark J. JohnstonClient Alert from the Zuber Lawler COVID-19 Task ForceThese are challenging times for employers and employees alike in navigating the host of changes necessitated by COVID-19, the respiratory  disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Zuber Lawler has created a task force to… More

Luxembourg Moves Closer to Becoming EU’s First to Legalize Cannabis

August 26, 2019 | Cannabis Law Updates

Luxembourg’s Health Care Minister Etienne Schneider recently elucidated on the country’s hope to legalize recreational cannabis within the next two years, which would make it the first to pass such laws in the EU. The Health Ministry and the Minister of Justice will submit a draft to the Government Council this fall. If the Government… More

Assessing Your Exposure to Helms-Burton Title III Claims for Cuban Expropriated Property

August 17, 2019 | International Law Updates

In 1959 Fidel Castro’s regime seized billions of dollars’ worth of property as he overthrew a U.S.-backed Havana to establish a socialist state and concretize relations with Cuba’s emerging Soviet allies. The properties seized by Castro, 90% of which were owned by individual Americans[1] (and the other 10% owned by corporations),[2] were one of the… More

Zuber Lawler Secures Dismissal of Health Supplement Distributor’s Civil RICO Claim

April 23, 2018 | US Law Updates

Zuber Lawler client CNV.com secures dismissal of a health supplement distributor JST Distribution’s civil RICO claim.  Although the Court permitted Plaintiff an opportunity to amend its RICO claim, the Court further admonished Plaintiff’s counsel to consider the possibility of Rule 11 sanctions if including RICO claims in its anticipated amended pleading.  Id. at 12.  CNV.com is an… More

Congratulations to Martin Greene and Eileen Letts: on Crain’s Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers

November 28, 2018 | US Law Updates

Congratulations to Martin Greene & Eileen Letts This list aims to recognize those who are making incredible strides towards causes of both justice and equality.  Through their work, they have improved the legal profession and inspired all generations of diverse lawyers.  Their accomplishments and professional excellence holds a standard in the industry for all who desire to… More

USPTO Replaces Broadest Reasonable Claim Construction Standard for IPRs, PGRs, and CBMs

October 1, 2018 | US Law Updates

In a final rule published in the Federal Register, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is replacing the “broadest reasonable interpretation” standard with the federal court claim construction standard for IPRs, PGRs, and CBMs.  This new claim construction standard is consistent with that articulated in Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415… More

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