5 Things to Know About Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Although bankruptcy can seem like an intimidating subject, business owners can tackle this complex process with help from an experienced commercial bankruptcy attorney. Each chapter of bankruptcy is different and has its own unique requirements, which is why businesses should speak with competent bankruptcy counsel at the first sign of financial trouble to have the best chance of a favorable outcome in court. Ritter Spencer, a Dallas law firm that specializes in Dallas bankruptcy filings, can help your business understand Chapter 11 bankruptcy and determine if it is the right financial move for your company.

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What is a Cannabis Business Lawyer? An Overview

As the cannabis industry continues to grow in every sector, more businesses are turning to cannabis business lawyers and CBD business lawyers for guidance and counsel to better navigate legal processes and regulations. But what exactly is a cannabis lawyer, and why are they necessary? Where did they come from, and what do they bring to the table? Below, we break down the experience and importance of cannabis law firms to offer insight into their development and the benefits they provide.

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Starting a Cannabis Company: Things to Know

The cannabis industry is complex and competitive, but it is also extremely appealing to young entrepreneurs and investors alike as it continues to shift away from negative stigmas and into a more defined regulatory pathway. The rapid growth of the industry attracts cultivators, extractors, retailers, and more, and like many people entering this complicated space, you may feel overwhelmed with where to begin. Whether you’re considering opening a dispensary business, a CBD business, an ancillary cannabis business, or simply obtaining a hemp license, we’ve put together a guide to starting up a cannabis company to further your understanding of the necessary moving parts and details.

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Arbitration Versus Mediation: What’s the Difference?

When business disputes arise, owners and managers must determine the method of resolution that is most likely to produce a compromise between the two disputing parties. Arbitration and mediation are two alternative dispute resolution (ADR) strategies that are designed to resolve conflict outside of the court system. Read below to learn more about the difference between arbitration and mediation and the advantages of each. For businesses interested in alternative dispute resolution, you can rely on Dallas commercial business litigation attorney, David Ritter, to guide your business through this complex process and find the best outcome.

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TDA Hemp Production Plan Part III: Violations, Hemp Transportation, and Hemp Seed Requirements

By: Paul Stevenson

After learning the application and hemp license holder requirements in Part I of this Series and the rules and procedures regarding the sampling and testing of hemp in Part II, it is now time to turn to the TDA plan’s provisions covering violations, license suspension and revocation, hemp transportation, and hemp seed requirements. 

As a hemp license holder, if you violate the TDA plan, it is imperative to comply with any enforcement action or corrective action plan imposed by TDA in order to avoid any further negative consequences for you and/or your hemp operations. 

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TDA Hemp Production Plan Part II: Sampling & Testing of Hemp

By: Paul Stevenson

Now that you have read Part I of the TDA Hemp Production Plan series on the application and license requirements for hemp producers, it is crucial to understand the rules and methods for the sampling and testing of hemp for tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) concentration levels. Thankfully, TDA’s sampling and testing provisions are the same or extremely similar to USDA’s sampling and testing provisions. 

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TDA Hemp Production Plan Part I: License Requirements

By: Paul Stevenson

As mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) has produced an interim final rule to establish the domestic hemp production program (“USDA plan”). To conform with the USDA plan, the Texas Department of Agriculture (“TDA”) has proposed its own hemp production rules and regulations (“TDA plan”) to the Texas Register. These proposed rules were published on Friday, December 13, 2019, and will be open to public comment for thirty (30) days. If dissatisfied with any provision of the TDA plan, it is highly recommended to send your concerns to TDA during this 30-day window for public comment. 

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What Does Filing for Bankruptcy Mean for My Business?

Bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code is designed to give businesses a fresh financial start. However, despite the regularity with which companies file for bankruptcy, confusion still surrounds this legal process. Read below to learn more about what filing for bankruptcy may look like for your business and how a bankruptcy attorney can help your business survive. For businesses based in Texas, you can rely on Dallas commercial business attorney, David Ritter, to develop a bankruptcy plan that meets your business’s needs.

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Merchant Processing In the Hemp/CBD Industry

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the USDA’s release of the interim final rules, the hemp market continues to grow. As many processing services remain hesitant to service the growing hemp industry due to legal uncertainties, companies continue to face difficulties securing a reliable merchant processor for processing payments for the sale of hemp-derivative products, such as CBD oils and edibles. Though organizations such as Square Inc. and WooCommerce recently have begun to provide processing capabilities and support to legal hemp and CBD sellers, many remain skeptical due to confusion on the legal status of hemp and hemp-derived products.

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs Airtight Contracts

Nearly 90% of all U.S. companies are involved in litigation at any given time, and cases related to contract disputes are the most active areas of litigation. The frequency of contract dispute litigation is partially due to the prevalence of generic contracts that leave businesses vulnerable to conflict with employees or partners. If you are a business owner, read below to learn why a Texas business lawyer should review your contracts to better protect your business. 

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