Verano Prevails in Nielsen Arbitration Dismissing All Claims - | Florida Dispensaries

Verano Prevails in Nielsen Arbitration Dismissing All Claims –

CHICAGO, May 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE: VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF) (“Verano” or the “Company”), through its subsidiary, Verano Holdings, LLC, yesterday notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado of its complete victory in arbitration regarding various frivolous RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) claims brought by Nicholas Nielsen. The arbitrator dismissed all of Nielsen’s claims with prejudice and awarded Verano nearly $100,000 in attorney’s fees in the arbitration, further underscoring the groundless nature of the lawsuit.

In his claims, originally brought in Federal Court but ultimately adjudicated on the merits in arbitration, Nielsen failed to disclose that he had pled guilty to a four-count felony indictment in the State of Arkansas for the blatantly illegal marijuana cultivation and production operation he ran out of his home. Nielsen’s claims were a meritless effort to shift blame to Verano and more than fifty other defendants for his conviction, which was based on illegal activity in which he engaged on his own volition and without the knowledge or involvement of Verano or others.

“The allegations in the complaint are completely and totally false and absurd,” said George Archos, Verano Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “The

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