The number of private equity (PE) funds and the amount of capital deployed through private equity investing have grown dramatically over the last several decades. Some PE firms are buyout firms — they purchase controlling equity positions in (usually privately held) operating companies — while other PE firms make minority investments, either alongside other PE firms or on their own. In both cases, PE firms are typically granted significant controls and protections by the companies in which they invest.Continue Reading Money and Power at Odds: PE Meets Increased Oversight From State AGs

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, hosts Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs are joined by Josh Riggs, owner of Social Cannabis, based in Denver, CO. They delve into the complexities of managing employee conduct in the highly regulated cannabis industry and reflect on the evolution of the industry, highlighting its unexpected sophistication and the challenges of compliance with various laws. Tune in for a unique discussion featuring clips from Dave Chappelle’s Half Baked.Continue Reading Managing Employee Compliance in Highly Regulated Industries

President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Ryan Y. Park, the solicitor general of North Carolina, for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This selection underscores the pivotal role that attorneys general (AGs) offices play in the legal landscape, not just as enforcers of state laws but also as training grounds for future judges who will bring their unique perspectives to the bench.Continue Reading President Biden Nominates North Carolina Solicitor General Ryan Park for the Fourth Circuit

Dear Mary,

One of our employees recently fell victim to a phishing attack, allowing unauthorized access to their email account for a brief period. To be safe, we reset everyone’s passwords and terminated all active sessions. We’re now in the process of hiring a law firm to determine if we need to notify anyone about the incident. It’s taking a little longer to get them engaged, but I’m hoping to have this done soon. In the meantime, is there anything else we should be considering?

– Not Entirely Clueless in ConnecticutContinue Reading Preserving Forensic Artifacts Following Incident Detection

The federal rescheduling of marijuana has been a topic of conversation within the marijuana industry since President Biden’s statement requesting that the secretary of health and human services (HHS) and the attorney general (AG) “initiate the administrative process to review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.”[1] However, the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning the Chevron doctrine adds an additional layer to an already complicated process. While the exact impact of Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo[2] on the cannabis industry remains to be seen, this article explores the way in which it may impact the pending rescheduling.Continue Reading Navigating the New Legal Landscape: The Impact of Loper Bright on Federal Marijuana Rescheduling

In the first half of 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to ramp up efforts to limit sales of unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). We previously reported on FDA’s heightened enforcement against sellers of unauthorized ENDS in 2023 and predicted that this pattern of enforcement would continue. A year-to-date review of 2024 shows that FDA is placing a high priority on action against unauthorized ENDS.Continue Reading FDA Unauthorized ENDS Enforcement: 2024 Mid-Year Roundup

On May 16, 2024, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to the transfer of marijuana from schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to schedule III, consistent with the recommendation provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2023. The CSA requires that

Dear Mary,

We were recently impacted by a vendor incident, and the vendor is offering to provide notice to the impacted individuals on our behalf. That sounds like great news to us, but is this something we can and should consider?

– Potentially Optimistic in MiamiContinue Reading Can Vendors Notify Affected Individuals on Behalf of Businesses After a Data Breach?

California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta and Los Angeles City Attorney Hyde Feldstein Soto recently settled a lawsuit with Tilting Point Media, LLC (Tilting Point) related to a SpongeBob Square Pants-themed app. In the complaint, Tilting Point is accused of collecting, using, and sharing the personal information of children in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).Continue Reading California Regulators Settle With Kids Gaming App