Commercial · Land Use · Partnership · Retaliation

Cannabis in the Courts

S.F. BAY AREA, CA – As cannabis becomes mainstream, it runs into mainstream problems, including employment and real estate issues. Three recent cases highlight the point.

In December 2017, a former employee filed suit in San Francisco against Bay Area Green Cross Dispensary Inc.; Citishield Inc. and Green Cross Enterprises Inc., alleging defendants demoted and then fired him following his complaints about wage violations and other alleged illegal activity.

At the start of the new year, a Luis Viveros sued Origaniking LLC and Queen Bees Organics LLC in Sonoma seeking a declaration that they are partners with defendants in a lease in Cloverdale and a partner in a cannabis dispensary partnership agreement.

On January 12th, PNB Noriega LLC dba The Apothecarium dispensary petitioned the Superior Court for a writ of mandate allegedly in response to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors denying their right to open a dispensary in the Sunset district in favor of another dispensary.

Good attorneys are going to have to get over the fact that these businesses run drugs, or people in the cannabis business are going to get short changed with bad representation. Federal law and changing attitudes about enforcement at the DOJ looms in the background.

This blog reports on cases filed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The statements made are based on the allegations in court-filed documents. Allegations are just accusations, and may or may not be true.
The authors of the blog are attorneys at the San Francisco litigation firm, Wood Robbins, LLP. If you have a legal issue, send them an email. If they cannot help you, they will try and point you in the right direction.
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Land Use · Real Estate

In Trial: A Development Company Looks to Enforce a Purchase and Sale Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – According to the complaint and plaintiff’s trial brief, plaintiff Waterview Development, LLC seeks specific performance of a real estate purchase and sale agreement involving property on Sansome St. The transaction allegedly hit turbulence when the parties discovered an undisclosed easement that prevented the anticipated development of the property.

Per plaintiff’s trial brief, the seller sued the easement holder to no avail. The brief suggests plaintiff still wants the property, with the price reduced to accomodate for the diminished value resulting from the easement.

The parties showed up for trial assignment on January 16th. The parties were initially assigned to Judge Robertson. Defendant challenged that assignment and the parties were given a new assignment, to Judge Kathleen Kelly,

This blog reports on cases filed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The statements made are based on the allegations in court-filed documents. Allegations are just accusations, and may or may not be true.
The authors of the blog are attorneys at the San Francisco litigation firm, Wood Robbins, LLP. If you have a legal issue, send them an email. If they cannot help you, they will try and point you in the right direction.