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Fort Lauderdale-Based Law Firms File Complaint Against HempFusion and MetaBrand

As a startup company trying to establish itself in the CBD and hemp market industries, Zappy, Inc. entered into an agreement with MetaBrand to help it build distribution channels, enhance investment opportunities and guide the company through legal and regulatory issues. Now the two companies are locked into a legal battle over the alleged theft of intellectual property.

Dustin Robinson (pictured), founding partner of Mr. Cannabis Law, and Zach Hyman, founder of Millennial Law, two Fort Lauderdale law firms, recently filed a complaint on behalf of Zappy Inc. against HempFusion and MetaBrand. The amended complaint claims the owners of MetaBrand used their access to Zappy’s products to steal its intellectual property and transfer it to HempFusion. As a result, Zappy’s knowledge and expertise in developing CBD products were shared with HempFusion, causing Zappy to fail.

Before the alleged theft, Zappy had planned on using its Cannabis Cup-winning formulas of Theodore Brown to sell hemp-based products around the country.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.