Grupo Flor v Moss Landing Commercial Park, LLC

Baker Botts represented Grupo Flor.

A California jury rendered a verdict late Friday in favor of Baker Botts client, Grupo Flor, a leading California-based cannabis company, in a case against its prior landlord and real estate developer, Mr. Nader Agha and the Moss Landing Commercial Park, LLC. The Grupo Flor trial victory is the first of its kind since recreational cannabis use was legalized in California in 2018.

The trial lasted three weeks in Monterey County Superior Court, with Judge Susan J. Matcham presiding. After testimony by cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and industry experts and professionals, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of Grupo Flor.

The landlord initially filed a lawsuit against Grupo Flor alleging forgery and seeking to invalidate its leases. The jury found for Grupo Flor on every single claim in that lawsuit. After that lawsuit was filed, Grupo Flor countersued, with a principal claim of breach of contract. The jury found in favor of Grupo Flor on the breach-of-contract claim as well.

The Baker Botts trial team was led by San Francisco partner and California Litigation Chair Jonathan Shapiro (Picture), and included Ariel House, Tania Rice and Brian Jacobsmeyer.

Involved fees earner: Ariel House – Baker Botts; Tania Rice – Baker Botts; Jonathan Shapiro – Baker Botts;

Law Firms: Baker Botts;

Clients: Grupo Flor;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti