Law Updates/News

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

Zuber Lawler Partner, Eileen Letts Featured in Chicago Bar Association Black History Month Celebration Video

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Watch Zuber Lawler Partner, Eileen M. Letts in the Chicago Bar Association’s video celebrating Black History Month with a look at the Earl B. Dickerson Awards which honor minority lawyers and judges whose careers emulate the courage and dedication of Dickerson.     More

Uncensored Crypto | 9-Part Docuseries

January 18, 2022 | Blockchain Law Updates, Press

Uncensored Crypto has released a 9-part docuseries that features Zuber Lawler partner, Josh Lawler. The free docuseries will include 56 industry insiders who share their raw, unfiltered, and uncensored insights into the crypto revolution. In these explosive, controversial, and never-seen-before interviews they reveal: What’s next for crypto… the assets they own… the risks and rewards… More

Congratulations to Janet Jackim on Her Elevation to Equity Partner

January 7, 2022 | Press

Congratulations to Janet Jackim on her elevation to equity Partner. Since Janet joined us in 2020, she has quickly become an integral leadership voice within the firm.  She meets all the criteria of what we look for in an equity partner: a proactive forward-motion problem-solving approach to managing client matters; partner-level productivity that drives the… 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

Zuber Lawler Transaction Announcement

November 16, 2021 | Press

Zuber Lawler represented Ken Real Estate, a major Japanese real estate firm and a longstanding firm client, in sale of its Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, a 400-room hotel in South Lake Tahoe, California, to Brookfield Properties, a very large U.S.-based real estate firm.  The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is the largest hotel in the Lake… More

Zuber Lawler Earns #1 Spot in Law360’s 2021 Diversity Snapshot Survey

October 27, 2021 | Press

Zuber Lawler is proud to announce that it has been ranked #1 in Law360’s recent law firm diversity survey 2021 Diversity Snapshot, and boasts greater diversity in its equity ranks than all other law firms participating in the survey. The survey shows that the U.S. legal industry as a whole continues to struggle with a… More

Zuber Lawler Assisted Houston-Based Investment Bank and Crypto Expert Entoro Capital

October 18, 2021 | Press

Zuber Lawler assisted Houston-based investment bank and crypto expert Entoro Capital, which has partnered with private equity firm Valhil Capital to create an NFT that has been sold as a security. Valhil Capital underwrote the sale and Entoro Capital acted as a broker-dealer. Entoro raffled off nine of the ten minted NFTs based on a… More

Juniper Networks Patent Litigation Transferred to ND Cal From Waco Division

September 27, 2021 | Press

By: Jennifer C. Kuhn, Partner The Federal Circuit issued a mandamus order transferring Brazos Licensing’s patent litigations against Juniper Network from the Western District of Texas, Waco Division (Albight J.) to the Northern District of California for convenience under 28 U.S.C. section 1404(a): Witness Convenience is paramount, even if testimony time is limited: The… More

Zuber Lawler Wins $66 Million Arbitration Award For Clients Royal Innovation Group, LLC and Crown City Enterprises, LLC

September 24, 2021 | Press

On October 26, 2020, the Hon. Joseph R. Brisco (Ret.) awarded Zuber Lawler clients over $65 million after an arbitration over the breach of a cannabis licensing and distribution contract, as well as related business torts. The specifics of the underlying deal concerned a license and distribution arrangement for The Weekend Box, an immensely popular… 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

Portland Engineering Inc., and Thompson Duke Industrial LLC settle patent infringement litigation against ATG Pharma Inc. and Advanced Integrated Robotics Inc.

July 14, 2021 | Cannabis Law Updates, Press

Portland Engineering Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Thompson Duke Industrial, LLC, (collectively “Portland Engineering”) announce that they have entered into a settlement agreement with Canadian defendants ATG Pharma Inc. and Advanced Integrated Robotics Inc. (collectively “ATG Pharma”), ending the patent disputes between the companies. Portland Engineering had filed a patent infringement action against ATG Pharma… 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

Zuber Lawler Welcomes Leading IP Litigator Grace Pan as a Partner in its New York Office

May 3, 2021 | Press, US Law Updates

Zuber Lawler gratefully announces the addition of Asia-focused IP litigation partner Grace Pan to its New York office. “Grace Pan is an internationally-recognized attorney in relation to intellectual property matters with a nexus with Asia, particularly Taiwan, China, and Japan,” says Managing Partner Tom Zuber. “My partners and I are thrilled to incorporate her incredible… 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

Zuber Lawler Welcomes Pioneering Cannabis Attorney Lisa Pittman as a Partner in its Austin Office

April 15, 2021 | US Law Updates

Zuber Lawler gratefully announces the addition of Partner Lisa Pittman, an Austin-based litigator and pioneering figure in the emerging legalized hemp/cannabis industry in Texas. “Lisa Pittman is a highly accomplished litigator and regulatory attorney, and a pioneering figure in the emerging hemp/cannabis industry in Texas,” says Managing Partner Tom Zuber. “As far as I can… More

Zuber Lawler represented DLT Element, LLC and Distributed Ledger Technologies, LLC

April 14, 2021 | Blockchain Law Updates, Press

Zuber Lawler represented DLT Element LLC, Distributed Ledger Technologies, LLC, and related entities, in the sale of assorted assets including rights to revenue derived from Bitcoin mining activities, equity and derivative securities and digital assets including tokens, SAFTs and rights to receive tokens pursuant to smart-contract lock-up release to Element ASA, a Norwegian entity listed… More

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

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


Zuber Lawler Opens New Office in Austin

March 9, 2021 | Press

Zuber Lawler gratefully announces the addition of Austin-based intellectual property litigator Jennifer Kuhn, and the opening of its new office in Austin, Texas. “Austin is the new technology capital of the United States, and as a technology-focused law firm, my partners and I have decided that we must have an office there,” says the firm’s… More

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?

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  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

Zuber Lawler Congratulates its Client Redbubble on a Groundbreaking Summary Judgment Victory

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Redbubble is a global online marketplace platform, on which third-party artists upload and sell creative designs on everyday products such as apparel, phone cases, stickers, and the like.  LTTB claimed that some of the listings on Redbubble infringed its “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” trademark by prominently displaying that pun in large fonts across t-shirts and… 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 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. 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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