David Standa | Greenspoon Marder
David Standa is a partner in the Cannabis Law practice group at Greenspoon Marder. He currently focuses on the rapidly evolving cannabis industry and how recently passed legislation, like state-level legalization statutes and many pendingfederal regulations, impact companies with marijuana, hemp and CBD products.
Mr. Standa advises cannabis clients throughout the Midwest on topics ranging from state-level licensing issues, compliance with seed-to-sale tracking requirements, tax issues, and litigation. Mr. Standa is a frequent speaker on cannabis issues, including the FDA’s regulation of CBD products, the potential liability arising out of CBD and edible marijuana products, packaging and labeling, and navigating Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
Additionally, Mr. Standa has extensive experience in business and consumer finance litigation as well as corporate transactions, securities and regulatory matters, food and beverage compliance and litigation, and healthcare litigation. He has defended several alcoholic beverage industry clients in class actions alleging deceptive labeling and marketing practices, and has assisted industry clients with compliance in the development of product labels.
Mr. Standa is also engaged in health insurance reimbursement disputes. He has represented insurers and hospital systems in litigation and arbitration involving insurance and healthcare disputes and arbitrations, including complex issues surrounding the business of insurance, insurance regulatory matters, Medicare/Medicaid disputes and False Claims Act litigation. At his previous firm, Mr. Standa advised a national health insurance provider on a series of joint ventures with regional hospital systems involving the creation of new insurance networks, and provided regulatory guidance about potential statutory exposure to an insurance holding company.
Mr. Standa’s litigation and arbitration cases have included various individual and class action lawsuits concerning claims under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as well as claims for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.
Mr. Standa represents banks and other institutions in commercial and industrial foreclosures, replevin actions and injunction proceedings to recover outstanding collateral. His experience includes handling asset-based and real estate loan workouts, negotiating forbearance agreements, restructuring loans and liquidating collateral, including sales pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
Additionally, Mr. Standa assists clients with compliance and regulatory advice. This includes advice regarding state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements for forward and reverse-mortgage products as well as advice regarding debt collection efforts. He is extensively familiar with relevant statutes and regulations, including the FDCPA/Regulation F, TILA/Regulation Z, RESPA/Regulation X, and state statutes and regulations governing consumer debt collection and consumer lending products.
Douglas R. Sargent | Greenspoon Marder
Douglas R. Sargent is a partner in the Cannabis Law practice group at Greenspoon Marder. Mr. Sargent has a comprehensive understanding of cannabis laws across the U.S. He thoughtfully advises clients on legal and regulatory issues associated with operating within the cannabis industry, including licensing, compliance, regulatory issues, and litigation. Indeed, he has considerable experience litigating in the cannabis space, navigating complex matters unique to the industry. Mr. Sargent frequently writes and comments about the ever-evolving legal landscape for cannabis and its effect on related businesses.
In addition to his cannabis practice, Mr. Sargent has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations in jurisdictions across the country, and represents clients in consumer finance and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation in federal and state courts. Mr. Sargent regularly represents mortgage lenders, servicers, trusts and other financial institutions in individual and class action lawsuits.
These lawsuits often involve claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) as well as state law claims for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Mr. Sargent handles complex litigation matters involving breach of commercial contracts, fraudulent business practices, piercing the corporate veil, and alter-ego liability in federal and state courts as well as in arbitration proceedings.
He also has significant experience representing clients in responding to class action and individual lawsuits asserting claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Mr. Sargent has obtained decisions in favor of clients in these high-exposure cases, including orders of dismissal, and he regularly consults with clients to develop and strengthen their TCPA compliance programs.