Legal

Taste, Toast, Zoom: Virtual Tastings, Mixology Classes, and Experiential Events

Virtual Alcohol Tastings and Mixology Classes: Virtual alcohol tastings and mixology classes are not an entirely new concept; however, they have gained popularity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessity due to local and state orders. Virtual tastings and mixology classes come in the form of a recorded or live online guided sampling ...
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The Hazy Science of CBD

As governments and regulatory bodies loosen their rules on hemp-related products, including the legalization of marijuana, the cannabidiol, or CBD, market has grown at remarkably high rates. One projection by BDS analytics and Arcview Market Research puts the overall CBD market at $20 billion by 20241. Combining the CBD market with the legal marijuana market, ...
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“But For” COVID-19: Trending Causation Theories in COVID-19 Litigation

As the Covid pandemic spread across the world and the United States, neighborhood pools, parks, gyms and all other manners of public gathering places began to close and many people began to wonder about the potential liability of remaining open or continuing to do business. Almost every defense attorney probably had the same reaction, “how ...
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Legal Issues You Might Not Know About Canada

FRANCHISE LAWSimilarly to the United States, Canada has pre-sale franchise disclosure laws in six of the 10 provinces in the country, each of which require that a “franchise disclosure document” or “FDD” be provided to a prospective franchisee at least 14 days before a franchise agreement is signed or any consideration is paid in respect ...
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Employers Should Prepare for Wave of COVID-Related Wrongful Death Lawsuits

The latest projections estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 by the end of 2020. Many of those individuals will be employed when they contract the virus, and a significant number will be workers in front line businesses such as retail, manufacturing, or healthcare, where the risk of exposure is significant. Faced with ...
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Cannabis and Hemp: Up in Smoke? How the Hospitality Industry Can Avoid Traps for the Unwary

The director of your spa program calls, noting that your top competitor is offering CBD-infused massages. Your marketing team wants to engage in “Canna-Tourism,” encouraging guests to visit the property because it is within walking distance of a hot new dispensary. And your F&B director has big plans for a new menu focusing on cannabis- ...
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Re-Opening & Room Rates: Beware of Price Gouging Laws

So-called “price gouging” is when a business providing essential consumer goods or services takes advantage of abnormal market conditions caused by events such as natural disasters, armed conflicts or other crises, by raising prices to excessive levels. To date, 35 U.S. states have enacted anti-price gouging legislation. Typically, these statutes make it an illegal act ...
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Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew About My Liquor Licensed Premises

Today’s category is…..The Top Ten Things I wish I knew about my Liquor Licensed Premises! #10: I need to submit an update to the governing licensing authorities when I restructure, change an officer, or change a d/b/a name. Disclosures on licensing applications should be accurate and current, so that the regulating authority has a record ...
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4 Common COVID-19 Misunderstandings That Could Place Your Company At Legal Risk

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued constantly changing guidance for employers that many view as complex, confusing, and impractical. In its perplexing web of guidelines, the CDC recommends that your company take several actions to protect workers from contracting COVID-19, like self-isolating sick employees, quarantining exposed employees, screening employees ...
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