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Smokable Hemp Ban in Texas, Temporary Injunction Granted – Win for Texas Manufacturers, Processors & Retailers
On September 17, 2020, Travis County Judge Lora Livingston ruled on a request for temporary injunction in a lawsuit filed by manufacturers and retailers of smokable hemp products in Texas.
Planning Sooner…Rather Than Later! – The Impact a Political Shift May Have on Your Personal, Estate and Tax Planning
By: Sol S. Reifer, JD., LL.M-Estate Planning Accredited Estate Planner
With the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections on the horizon, many clients have asked us about the impact that a possible shift in the political order may have on their personal, estate and tax planning.
HOUSTON – September 4, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that three construction attorneys in the firm’s Houston and San Antonio offices have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers© list.
AUSTIN – September 1, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a law firm focused on development, announced today that Lisa Pittman, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Business Law practice, was selected as a 2020 Cannabis Law Trailblazer by The National Law Journal (NLJ).
Last Friday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (the “DEA”) published a rule regarding the scheduling of hemp and marijuana, effective immediately (the “Rule”). The cannabis community swiftly reacted with an interpretation that this Rule outlawed Delta-8 THC, the hemp industry’s new favorite cannabinoid.
On August 19, 2020, a hearing was held in a lawsuit filed by several manufacturers and retailers of smokable hemp products in Texas to prevent the State from enforcing its new rule banning the processing, manufacture, distribution, and retail sale of smokable hemp.
Houston – August 20, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C. is pleased to announce that 13 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and eight Coats Rose lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.
Andrea Steel will be a panelist speaking on “USDA versus State Rules,” Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:15-1:15PM PST at the 2020 Cannabis Law Institute hosted by the International Cannabis Bar Association.
Coats Rose Represents Residential Developer in the Creation of a Public Improvement District in Collin County, Texas
DALLAS – July 14, 2020 – Coats Rose attorney Tim Green represented the developer in the creation of a 178-acre public improvement district (“PID”) in Princeton, Texas and the subsequent issuance of $4,905,000 Special Assessment Revenue Bonds to fund the water, sewer, drainage and roads to serve the first two phases of such development.
HOUSTON – June 25, 2020 – Coats Rose attorney Ben Aderholt will serve as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center for the Fall 2020 semester. Previously, Aderholt taught a construction law course for five years at the South Texas College of Law Houston.
Elizabeth Haecker Ryan to Serve as Vice Chair of Diversity on the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
NEW ORLEANS – June 8, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Haecker Ryan has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair of Diversity on the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee for the 2020-2021 term.
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HOUSTON – May 18, 2020 – Lisa Pittman, an attorney focused on medical marijuana, cannabis and hemp law has been appointed as a Nonresident Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy as a part of the Drug Policy Program.
We support and applaud our healthcare heroes at Houston Methodist Hospital including Dr. Stephanie Tran, wife of Coats Rose attorney Samuel Johnson.
We provided lunch from Apple Spice to the nurses and staff in the hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care unit in gratitude for the hard work of these front line heroes who are keeping us healthy during this pandemic.
Coats Rose is dedicated to providing clients with the latest information to help their businesses to run smoothly during this critical time. We are closely monitoring the latest legal developments at the federal, state and local levels to provide up-to-date information regarding potential impacts to businesses.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated guidance in its previously published pandemic guidance issued during the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009. Updates were issued in March 2020 and again on April 9, 2020 and April 17, 2020.
Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Cannabis Edition – Part II: Louisiana Bulletin
In this series of posts, we share information about the various relief opportunities that may be available for cannabis businesses experiencing financial woes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including federal stimulus relief, general business dispute resolution methods, and potential insurance claims and also share a few options specific to Texas and Louisiana, and more.
Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Cannabis Edition – Part I: Federal Stimulus Packages
With various stay-at-home orders put in place across the country to help “flatten the curve” as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, three federal stimulus bills were signed into law in the last few weeks and are now being rapidly rolled out.
In addition to stimulus resources available through the Federal Reserve, SBA and other federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been provided with additional resources that may be available to farmers and rural businesses, including:
- $9.5 billion for USDA to respond to COVID-19, including for providing support to impacted agricultural producers
- USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp.
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