Jeremy Sacks

Jeremy Sacks

Jeremy Sacks is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, chair of the firm’s Energy Litigation Initiative, and chair of the Portland office Trial group. His practice focuses on complex litigation in a variety of businesses, including the energy and health care industries. He has experience litigating business torts, contract disputes, securities fraud, False Claims Act issues, shareholder disputes, class actions, licensing disputes, and antitrust claims. Jeremy also has substantial experience conducting internal corporate investigations and handling export and import matters. He has represented individual and corporate clients, both regional and national, in a variety of private, state and federal forums.

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Oregon Liquor Control Commission Given Job of Regulating Recreational Marijuana

Following in the steps of Washington and Colorado, Oregon voters passed Ballot Measure 91 (PDF) on November 4, opening the door to legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act allows Oregonians 21 years and older to possess up to eight ounces of dried … Continue Reading

What the Federal Government’s New Marijuana Guidance Means for Washington Businesses

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice finally addressed its enforcement strategy as it relates to the recent Washington and Colorado initiatives legalizing marijuana in those jurisdictions.  In a memo issued to U.S. Attorneys (PDF), Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced that the United States would not sue the states to overturn the voter-endorsed … Continue Reading

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Still Silent on Federal Government’s Response to I-502

As we discussed in our December 19, 2012, and January 14, 2013, blog posts here and here, there is inherent tension between I-502’s marijuana legalization policy and federal law. Under the Controlled Substances Act (“Act”), marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, making the possession and sale of marijuana illegal under federal law. Since … Continue Reading

A Cautionary Tale in the Conflict Between Federal and State Law Over Marijuana Legalization

As we pointed out in our post “Understanding the Conflict Between Federal Law and Washington Initiative 502,” possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal under federal law even as states push to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. We quoted Jenny Durkan, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, as stating that … Continue Reading

Part II: Understanding the Conflict Between Federal Law and Washington Initiative 502

In Part I of our “Understanding Washington Initiative 502” (“I-502”) series, we described how I-502’s licensing regime is scheduled to go into effect late next year. There is no question that I-502 legalizes possession of certain amounts of marijuana under Washington law, and the state licensing structure aimed at regulating the production, distribution, and retail sale of … Continue Reading

As Wine Industry Evolves, Local Regulation Remains King

Litigation concerning the direct shipment of wine has garnered a significant amount of attention in the years since the United States Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Granholm v. Heald. Generally speaking, these disputes have played out in the federal courts, far removed from the typical family winery. Although direct shipment will remain an important issue … Continue Reading

State Law Restrictions on Direct Sales to Consumers Are Ripe for Challenge

In the 2005 case Granholm v. Held, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Michigan and New York laws that effectively prevented out-of-state wineries from shipping directly to in-state consumers but that allowed in-state wineries to conclude in-state direct sales. The Court held that these laws violated the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. Since then, lower federal … Continue Reading
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