21 February 2020

  • The Sale of CBD Foods Is Legal in the UK (For Now)
    21 February 2020

    Last week, the Food Standard Agency (“FSA”), the agency responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively, the “UK”), cleared a path for the sale of CBD-infused food for the next 12 months.

    Specifically, the FSA is giving the CBD industry until March 31, 2021 to submit valid novel food authorization applications to ensure these products meet specific safety standards. Following the March 31, 2021 deadline, only products for which a valid application has been submitted will be allowed to remain on the market.

    Although the UK recently severed its ties with the European Union, the FSA has opted to align its policy with that of the European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”). The EFSA guidance on cannabinoids strongly echoes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”)’s in that it mandates that all food products infused with hemp or its derivatives should receive a pre-market approval under the European Union “novel food” regulation because these products were not significantly used as a food or food ingredient before May 15, 1997.

    According to the reporting of Hemp Industry Daily, CBD companies wishing to sell into the UK market will send approval plans to the EFSA through the end of 2020, at which point all applications will be transferred to the FSA.

    So for now, the sale of CBD-infused foods is lawful in the UK so long as these products are:

    1. Properly labeled, including free of health claims;
    2. Safe to consume; and
    3. Do not contain THC or other controlled substances.

    Despite the fact that the FSA gave the green light on the sale of CBD-infused foods, the agency also warned consumers about its potential side effects.

    Based on a scientific report issued by the country’s Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (“COT”), the FSA guidelines warn pregnant and nursing women “not to consume CBD products” and recommends that healthy adults limit their daily dosage to no more than 70 milligrams, which is the equivalent of 28 drops of 5% CBD oil.

    After reviewed scientific data of Epidiolex previously used by European and foreign health authorities, including the FDA, for the approval of the drug, the COT concluded that because the data was intended for pharmaceutical and not over-the-counter use, the “trade-off between risks and benefits that does not apply to food.”

    Therefore, in drafting this new policy, the FSA opted for a pragmatic approach that balances the consumer demand for CBD-infused food products with the protection of public health and provides much needed clarification about the legality of selling and marketing CBD-infused foods. Nevertheless, the guidelines also create some serious challenges for the industry. Indeed, the novel food application process is a demanding and onerous process. Unless a blanket authorization will cover each end-form of CBD (this issue has yet to be clarified by the FSA), this would mean that only a handful of CBD companies could afford applying. This, in turn, would consolidate these products and offer a monopoly to the companies that manage to secure an approval.

    Nevertheless, the FSA guidelines are a step in the right direction, as they  encourage the Hemp-CBD industry to work together, educate and advise, which, hopefully, will inspire the FDA in forging a clear path for the sale and marketing of these products within U.S. borders, too.

  • Court Remands Man for Allegedly Stabbing Bartender to Death
    21 February 2020
    A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, Lagos, on Friday ordered that a 53-year-old man, Dennis Azuonye, who allegedly stabbed a bartender to death, be remanded in the custodial centre, pending legal advice. Mr. Azuonye was charged to court for murder, but his plea wasn’t taken. The prosecution counsel alleged that the defendant stabbed the victim […]
  • Businessman in Court for Allegedly Defrauding Woodseller
    21 February 2020
    A 47-year-old businessman, Omuni Olakunle, was arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly duping a wood seller of N4.5million. Olakunle, who resides in the Surulere area of Lagos, is charged on two counts of theft and obtaining by false pretence. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. According to Police […]
  • Child Custody and the Need for a Custody Lawyer
    21 February 2020
    By Cathy Carter Why You Should Get a Custody Lawyer When parents separate, the law stipulates that the child still has to be cared for adequately. Therefore, agreements relating to the care have to be drawn up as soon as possible to that effect. Legally binding guidelines need to be formulated stipulating the responsibilities for […]
  • Today in Supreme Court History: February 21, 1868
    21 February 2020

    2/21/1868: President Johnson orders Secretary of War Edwin Stanton removed from office. In Myers v. U.S. (1926), the Supreme Court found that Johnson's actions were lawful.

    President Andrew Johnson
  • 70+ Former Reinhardt Clerks Come Out In Support Of Sexual Harassment Accuser
    21 February 2020
    Some also say they experienced or witnessed inappropriate behavior too.
  • Morning Docket 02.21.20
    21 February 2020
    * Kevin Hart is trying to dismiss a sex tape lawsuit by alleging that a process server merely threw papers out of a car window while driving by his house. It would be pretty awesome if there was a drive-by method of service... [TMZ] * A Michigan man has been arrested for threatening to "bleed [out]" the lawyer who represents the whistleblower at the heart of the Trump impeachment investigation. [NBC News] * A lawyer has plead not guilty to charges related to the murder of a Connecticut mom. [New York Daily News] * A Texas lawyer needs to pay $40 Million in taxes after losing a lawsuit against the IRS. [Texas Lawyer] * Former New York politician Sheldon Silver has formulated a new strategy to keep himself out of jail for an even longer period of time. With tactics like this, Silver doesn't need a presidential pardon... [New York Post]
  • Bloomberg is right about NDAs
    21 February 2020

    (Not a political endorsement.)

  • Industry Insight Webinar | 25 Productivity Tips & Tools to Give Lawyers More Time, Money, & Happiness
    21 February 2020

    The fee-based legal market gets more competitive every day, which is why productivity is increasingly becoming a make-or-break factor for many law practices. There are only so many hours in a day, therefore it’s crucial that lawyers be as efficient and productive as possible to maximize their bottom line.

    During this fast-paced, webinar, you will learn simple tips and tricks to implement at your practice, and how choosing the right technology – from basic smartphone apps and software solutions to every day “lifehacks” – can expedite or even eliminate time-consuming tasks and allow you to spend more time on billable legal work.

    Learning objectives
    – Discover how tools and technology can help you more accurately and quickly bill for your time
    – Learn how to efficiently manage administrative tasks so you can spend more time focusing on your clients’ needs
    – Regain focus. This wellness-focused portion of the program is designed to help you find the balance you need to build and sustain your success while nurturing your personal goals

    Joyce Brafford is an attorney and consultant. She spent 7 years at the North Carolina Bar Association as a practice management advisor and CLE manager. In her time there, she advised law firms on KPIs, marketing strategy, technological investments, and strategic development. She is currently the Director of CosmoLex’s North Carolina offices. Joyce uses her experience in the industry to help train her colleagues and clients on the legal environment, the details that matter to legal professionals, and what trends will affect the legal market.

    Wednesday, March 4th
    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

    Free Registration

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    *Please note that this is a non-CLE webinar.

    The post Industry Insight Webinar | 25 Productivity Tips & Tools to Give Lawyers More Time, Money, & Happiness appeared first on Law Technology Today.

  • 2020 Supreme Court Preview (Part 2)
    21 February 2020

    On Thursday, February 20, Casetext and SCOTUSblog hosted the second webinar in a two-part series previewing the biggest decisions expected this term at the Supreme Court. Tom Goldstein and Kevin Russell covered President Donald Trump’s tax returns, religious school funding, the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and faithless electors in the 2020 presidential race. The webinar was co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society.

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