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Two men, a father and son, recently pleaded guilty to felonies including insurance fraud and the denial of insurance and health benefits to injured workers. The pleas stem from a scheme that was recently uncovered by California insurance regulators, and led to the two men...

Agricultural providers and producers face numerous legal and regulatory challenges. They must comply with an increasing number of state and federal requirements, including labor and employment laws, environmental regulations, land use, pesticide use, food safety, and more. Agriculture technology (“AgTech”) is the leading solution to...

In contrast to the federal perspective on marijuana businesses, popular vote has legalized recreational marijuana in four states and the District of Columbia. In addition, medical marijuana is legal in 25 states. States that legalize marijuana often levy heavy excise taxes on marijuana products. These...

In recent months, Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) have grown to account for more startup funding in blockchain-based companies. Rather than seeking funding from traditional angel or venture investors to pledge capital for equity, companies are now looking toward the cryptocurrency sphere to crowdsource the sale...

ROSE Beer Denied Trademark Application for Being Too Generic  The United States Patent and Trademark Office refused to allow a company to register the mark ROSE for its beer based mixed beverages. In order to qualify for registration, a proposed mark must be able to distinguish the...

California Feed Supply Company Defends Captive Insurance Deductions Kings River Commodities, LLC, a livestock feed business, was denied $2.83 million in deductions for captive insurance expenses. In a U.S. Tax Court petition, dated May 11, 2017, the company argues that these expenses were necessary to...

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination “on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation.” Title III of the ADA contains 12 specific categories of public...

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