Dissecting the $95M Verdict In Altria Client Services LLC v. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.: A Litigator’s Perspective for the Cannabis Industry

On September 1, 2022, Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, secured a shocking $95 million award after a federal jury concluded that rival R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. infringed three of Altria’s patents for its pod-style vape.  The jury’s number was based on Altria’s request for a 5.25% royalty rate for the infringed patents—light years away from Reynolds’ estimate of $3.6 million in damages. With damages this high for an instrument so integral to cannabis-based products, the industry should be mindful of how Altria was able to convince the jury to settle on its requested damage figure.  Continue reading “Dissecting the $95M Verdict In Altria Client Services LLC v. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.: A Litigator’s Perspective for the Cannabis Industry”

New York Regulators Approve New Rules on Packaging, Labeling, Advertising and Testing As Part of Its Adult-Use Retail Market Launch

By Steven Perelman and Leslie Robnett

The Cannabis Control Board (“CCB”) of New York State’s Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) held an important special board meeting in which it approved several resolutions implementing New York’s Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act (“MRTA”).  Signed into law on March 31, 2021, the MRTA legalizes adult-use cannabis (also known as marijuana, or recreational marijuana) in New York State. Continue reading “New York Regulators Approve New Rules on Packaging, Labeling, Advertising and Testing As Part of Its Adult-Use Retail Market Launch”

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