A cannabis distribution company has to arbitrate its case against an online retailer over a distribution agreement that went south, the North Carolina Business Court has ruled, finding the contract contained an "expansive" arbitration clause that includes the claims at issue.
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NC Pot Distributor Must Arbitrate Spat With 'Amazon Of Hemp'

By Hayley Fowler

A cannabis distribution company has to arbitrate its case against an online retailer over a distribution agreement that went south, the North Carolina Business Court has ruled, finding the contract contained an "expansive" arbitration clause that includes the claims at issue.

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Smoke Co. Says Colo. Rival Stepping All Over 'Juicy' TM

By Jonathan Capriel

The maker of Juicy Jays and Raw rolling papers said a Colorado cannabis company is stepping on its branding, using its well-established product names to sell prerolled joints and marijuana concentrates to deceive consumers, according to a federal lawsuit.

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Juul Gets PTAB To Examine Rival's Vape Patents

By Adam Lidgett

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has sided with Juul Labs Inc. in a trio of decisions over electronic vape technology, refusing to review one of its patents while granting the company's challenges to two patents owned by another business.

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Calif. Judge Cops To Ethics Charges, Agrees To Step Down

By James Mills

A California judge censured and barred for multiple ethics violations, including drug use, inappropriate personal relationships with attorneys and making inappropriate comments, including antisemitic remarks, about litigants and attorneys, has resigned as of Monday.

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ENFORCEMENT

Wash. Justices Doubt Atty's Response In Disbarment Case

By Rachel Riley

Washington State justices were skeptical Tuesday of an appeal from an attorney facing disbarment who asserts that he did nothing wrong in response to misconduct allegations including that he embezzled from investors in a failed venture to build a cannabis industrial park.

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PEOPLE

Davis Wright Recruits Kelley Drye FDA Practice Chair In DC

By Tracey Read

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP said Tuesday that the head of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's Food and Drug Administration practice group has joined the firm as an advertising and food and drug law partner in Washington, D.C.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Proposed Cannabis Reschedule Sidesteps State Law Effects

The U.S. Department of Justice's recent proposal to move cannabis to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act provides certain benefits, but its failure to address how the rescheduling would interact with existing state cannabis laws disappointed industry participants hoping for clarity on this crucial question, says Ian Stewart at Wilson Elser.

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How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

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From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

By Aebra Coe

After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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Interview

6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

By Christopher Cole

A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

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Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

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Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protestors of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

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Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

By Carla Baranauckas

The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

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Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

By Tracey Read

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

By Thy Vo

A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

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Interview

Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

By Julie Manganis

Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

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Wash. Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Judge

By Madison Arnold

A Washington man is charged with intimidating a judge on allegations he threatened to kill Asotin County Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, as well as her dog, Motley, after she oversaw his guilty plea to charges alleging he made threats to shoot up an elementary school and a county fair parade.

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Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

By Jake Maher

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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Amazon.com Inc.

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Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

Google LLC

HBI International

JUUL Labs Inc.

NJOY Inc.

Nestle SA

State Bar of California

States United Democracy Center

The District of Columbia Bar

Twitter Inc.

Washington State Bar Association

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Bradley Arant

Buchalter APC

Caulk Legal

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dentons

Dewsnup King

Dickinson Wright

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Farrar & Ball

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

Kelley Drye

Kirkland & Ellis

Manatt Phelps

Mintz Levin

Mishcon de Reya

Much Shelist

Murphy Pearson

Orsinger Nelson

Parsons Behle

Paul Hastings

Peters & Nye

Quinn Emanuel

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Shackelford Bowen

Smith Anderson

Spencer Fane

Weil Gotshal

Wiley Rein

Wilson Elser

de Castro PC

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Colorado Supreme Court

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Food and Drug Administration

International Trade Commission

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Washington Attorney General's Office