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With Anniversary Competition In Jeopardy, Woodstock Ventures Tries To Resolve Hashish Case

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Combat between rival Woodstock pot manufacturers has been stalled for months

Because the Woodstock 50 anniversary competition fights for its life at a brand new venue in Vernon, New York, house owners of the Woodstock model are asking a federal choose to elevate a ten-month outdated restraining order and permit a licensing take care of one in every of North America’s greatest dispensary operators to proceed. 

Attorneys for Woodstock Ventures, representing the unique founders of the 1969 Woodstock competition — Artie KornfeldJoel Rosenman, John Roberts and Michael Lang — has for months requested a choose to rule on its lawsuit with Woodstock Roots, a Pennyslvannia holding firm that sells hemp rolling papers, vaporizers and different extracts underneath the patron model Woodstock American Merchandise. Attorneys for Woodstock Ventures say Woodstock Root’s merchandise infer a connection to the competition because the firm’s tagline is “Since 1969,” even if Woodstock Roots was fashioned pretty just lately.

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Attorneys for Woodstock Ventures argued the identify and tagline may create confusion as Woodstock Ventures finalized a licensing take care of MedMen to create a 50th anniversary leisure marijuana pressure to coincide with the Aug. 16-18 competition in upstate New York.

That competition is now in severe jeapordy — yesterday (July 11) town of Vernon rejected an enchantment by competition organizers after their software to stage the competition at a close-by race observe was denied. A gathering is scheduled between metropolis officers, the proprietor of the observe and Woodstock 50 officers for subsequent week and follows a string of setbacks that started when traders pulled out of the occasion in April.

Attorneys for Woodstock Roots have pounced on the competition’s difficulties, writing in a Wednesday (July 10) letter that “extensively reported missteps in manufacturing by Mr. Lang have made the cancelation of his anniversary live performance a fait-accompli,” noting “tickets for the live performance tentatively scheduled for mid-August haven’t even gone on sale.”

Woodstock Ventures filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in opposition to Woodstock Roots in February 2018, however the case backfired. Woodstock Roots counter-sued with theirs legal professionals arguing that Woodstock Roots has already filed for a trademark in 2013 to make use of the Woodstock identify on smokeable merchandise, which legal professionals for Woodstock Ventures didn’t oppose on the time. On Aug. 28, a federal choose overseeing the case agreed to difficulty a brief restraining order blocking Woodstock Ventures from finishing the licensing take care of MedMen till a preliminary injuction within the case was settled. 

Discovery within the case dragged on for months and in March, choose Robert W. Candy who had been overseeing the case, died at age 96 after 41 on the bench within the Southern District of New York.

On Monday (July 8), legal professionals for Woodstock Ventures requested newly assigned choose Paul Gardephe to lastly make a ruling on the case, writing “we final appeared on April 10” and requested that the short-term restraining order “be disolved” contemplating main American corporations like Anheuser-Busch InBev, Altria and Neiman Marcus had been attempting to get into the hashish enterprise and will pose a aggressive menace. 

To this point, no additional hearings have been scheduled within the case.


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