Quinn emanuel trial lawyers

Cannabis Litigation

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Quinn Emanuel has represented some of the world’s most prominent businesses and investors in the cannabis industry in litigation and arbitration. As the largest firm in the world dedicated to litigation and arbitration, we are well-positioned to successfully represent companies in the cannabis industry in virtually any type of dispute. Our team of cannabis industry litigators knows the industry and the patchwork of federal, state, and local regulations that govern cannabis. We constantly monitor the ever-changing legal landscape and keep our clients abreast of the latest legal and regulatory developments impacting cannabis through our client alerts.

Our deep bench of trial lawyers has the expertise to represent companies in the types of disputes that have been prevalent in the cannabis industry, including disputes with investors and shareholders over management and ownership, securities litigation, class actions, and patent, trademark and copyright litigation. We also have vast experience arbitrating disputes and have appeared before virtually every domestic and international arbitration institution. In addition, we have a track record of successfully resolving disputes amicably, before a trial or arbitration hearing, when that is the client’s objective.

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Recent Representations Print

Some of our representative cannabis industry engagements include the following:

  • Defeated a motion for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order which sought to prevent stockholders from selling more than $125 million of stock in a publicly-traded cannabis grower and retailer.
  • We currently represent the directors of a major, publicly-traded cannabis grower and retailer in a lawsuit pending in California state court and a related arbitration in which investors have alleged that the directors breached their fiduciary duties.
  • We represent an entrepreneur in a corporate governance dispute related to a publicly-traded cannabis company and succeeded in facilitating his nominee’s appointment to the company’s board.
  • We represented a publicly-traded cannabis company in a federal court lawsuit and an international arbitration in which our client alleged it had been fraudulently induced to enter into a consulting and patent-licensing agreement.
  • We represented an investor in a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis company who alleged the company failed to honor its contractual obligations.
  • We represent Sol Global Investments f/k/a Scythian Biosciences Corp., an investment company focused on the cannabis industry, and its Chief Investment Officer, Andy DeFrancesco, in a class action. The plaintiffs allege that Sol Global and DeFrancesco violated securities fraud laws by misrepresenting the value of certain assets Sol Global sold to Aphria Inc. and allege they were harmed when the true value of these assets was revealed to the public.

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