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With Anniversary Festival In Jeopardy, Woodstock Ventures Tries To Resolve Cannabis Case

Combat between rival Woodstock pot manufacturers has been stalled for months

Because the Woodstock 50 anniversary pageant fights for its life at a brand new venue in Vernon, New York, homeowners of the Woodstock model are asking a federal choose to elevate a ten-month previous restraining order and permit a licensing cope with considered one of North America’s largest dispensary operators to proceed. 

Attorneys for Woodstock Ventures, representing the unique founders of the 1969 Woodstock pageant — 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 buyer model Woodstock American Merchandise. Attorneys for Woodstock Ventures say Woodstock Root’s merchandise infer a connection to the pageant because the firm’s tagline is “Since 1969,” even supposing Woodstock Roots was fashioned pretty lately.

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

That pageant is now in severe jeapordy — yesterday (July 11) the town of Vernon rejected an attraction by pageant organizers after their software to stage the pageant at a close-by race observe was denied. A assembly 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 buyers pulled out of the occasion in April.

Attorneys for Woodstock Roots have pounced on the pageant’s difficulties, writing in a Wednesday (July 10) letter that “widely reported missteps in production by Mr. Lang have made the cancelation of his anniversary concert a fait-accompli,” noting “tickets for the concert tentatively scheduled for mid-August have not 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 short lived restraining order blocking Woodstock Ventures from finishing the licensing cope with 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 last appeared on April 10” and requested that the momentary restraining order “be disolved” contemplating main American firms like Anheuser-Busch InBev, Altria and Neiman Marcus had been making an attempt 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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