Beware of Slackers in Packaging

Laws prohibiting “nonfunctional slack-fill” in food and other packaging have been on the books for years, but have gone largely unnoticed. Recently, however, plaintiffs’ attorneys and district attorneys have brought the issue to prominence by initiating numerous lawsuits against manufacturers of various consumer products, including food and beverages. Thus, any food and beverage producer should…

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More Than Compassionate Use Is On The Horizon

California has turned a corner when it comes to marijuana. In 1996, California voters voted in favor of Proposition 215, the Medical Marijuana Initiative. The initiative became the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Then, in October 2015, Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. That Act put in place the regulatory infrastructure…

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Employment Law Issues in Food, Beverages & AgTech

Employers must comply with both Federal and state employment laws and regulations. Most companies face the challenge of keeping up to date with the ever changing landscape of employment laws and regulations which typically vary from state to state. While there are a host of employment law issues that companies must be aware of and…

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It’s the EPA and the USDA: How Regulatory Agencies Impact AgTech Product Timelines and Investor Returns

Introduction At a recent Royse Law Firm AgTech event the panel was asked to discuss why a “Google exit” had not yet occurred for AgTech investments. They discussed the fragmented supply chain and VC return formulae, but a much simpler answer exists. The agriculture sector produces different returns at longer timetables because the end product…

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