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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018

FDA Announces Intent Not to Enforce Portions of FSMA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will not enforce certain provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because the agency needs...more

New Fed Cannabis Policy Hits California Local Government - Potential Fiscal Impacts and Confusion

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just days after the sale of recreational cannabis became legal in California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new policy regarding cannabis-related activities that is causing confusion for local governments — and...more

US Attorney General Sessions reverses Obama administration policy on cannabis

by Dentons on

In a memorandum issued on January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would not devote resources to the prosecution of persons acting in compliance with...more

Rescission of Medical Marijuana Memoranda

by Dickinson Wright on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on January 4, 2018 (the “Sessions Memo”) rescinding both the Cole and Ogden Memoranda which essentially established a Department of Justice (“DOJ”) prosecutorial...more

Assessing the Sessions Memo’s Impact on Legalized Marijuana

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As most are by now likely aware, last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys entitled “Marijuana Enforcement,” which noted that decisions to prosecute even legal marijuana have...more

Health Law Alert: Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

On January 4, 2018, the Department of Justice published a memorandum authored by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, which rescinds previous guidance issued by the Department of Justice regarding marijuana prosecutions, and...more

Chronic Dispute: What The Sessions Marijuana Memo Means For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on December 4th, rescinding Obama-era guidance that had allowed states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana with marginal federal interference, eliminating...more

U.S. Attorney General Reverses Policy on Legal Marijuana

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded, effective immediately, previous enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on marijuana, including the Cole Memo. The move creates uncertainty...more

The Sessions Memo

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Attorney General Sessions rescinded, effective January 4, 2018, previous enforcement priorities of the DOJ related to marijuana – including the Cole Memo. The Sessions Memo dictates that federal prosecutors should follow the...more

What to Watch For: The Near-Term Outlook on Cannabis

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

We anticipate 2018 as being a pivotal year for cannabis across the country. As momentum for the movement to legalize continues to build, here are some of the things we’re keeping an eye on....more

NEBRASKA: A Good Home for Berkshire Hathaway, but not for Reinsurance Agreements

by Locke Lord LLP on

A Cornhusker by birth, I’ve always had a special affinity for Nebraska, and particularly Omaha, where I was raised. My only regret is that I was neither old nor rich enough to participate in Mr.Buffet’s original partnership....more

Court Finds State Law Barring Insurance Arbitrations Reverse-Preempts Federal Arbitration Act

by Carlton Fields on

The case involved a dispute between the parties to a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA). Defendants moved to compel arbitration, citing the Federal Arbitration Act and a provision in the RPA agreeing to resolve “[a]ll...more

California Adopts Emergency Cannabis Regulations for Licensing Beginning on January 1, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On November 16, 2017, California published the long awaited rules and regulations to implement voter approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016, which legalized adult use of cannabis in the State of...more

Dana Gas – choice of English governing law upheld over arguments of non-Shari'a compliance

by Dentons on

Dana Gas PJSC (Dana Gas), the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange listed, UAE-based energy producer, commenced restructuring negotiations with a number of its creditors in May 2017. Just over a month later, Dana Gas announced that...more

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Just five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on a nursing home arbitration dispute in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark. It held that the Kentucky supreme court’s rationale for not enforcing the arbitration...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Chicago Repeals SSB Tax After Two Months of Enforcement - Chicago officials have voted to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax approved in November 2016 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners but delayed by a...more

The Sky May Be the Limit: Local Drone Regulation and Federal Preemption

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just over one year ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promulgated regulations governing the commercial use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), weighing less...more

The Preemption Defense to Flood Insurance Claims Under the National Flood Insurance Program

by Wilson Elser on

According to Lloyd’s of London, which helped to reinsure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more than $1 billion seven months before Hurricane Harvey, the storms in Texas and Florida may result in damage...more

CyberSecurity Regulation Back on Center Stage After Data Breach

by Goodwin on

The issue of cybersecurity is back in front of Congress in the wake of the news of the data breach at Equifax Inc., which reportedly has affected approximately 143 million consumers. Various industry trade groups, including...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

Financing California’s Cannabis Businesses: Public Banking Model as a State-Level Solution

by Wilson Elser on

The California Cannabis Banking Working Group (CBWG) is meeting this week to discuss the prospect of implementing a public banking model in California to facilitate access to financial services for marijuana-related...more

Court Finds California Insurance Code Section 11658.5 Reverse-Preempts Section 4 Of The FAA

by Carlton Fields on

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA provided Seneca Family of Agencies with workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance for Seneca’s operations in California from 2004 to 2013. The parties...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

State Liquor Laws Preempt Local Municipalities from Restricting Operating Hours

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The State liquor law preempts local municipalities from restricting hours of operation for businesses selling alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Accordingly, local municipalities should use caution when...more

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