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  • American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Chambers USA 2015
  • Client Choice 2015
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2014

James A. (Jim) Bruen

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BART v. GE Transportation Systems
We represented GE in a $500 million federal court litigation in the Northern District of California involving the development of an experimental train control technology for BART. The case successfully settled after a partial summary judgment motion knocked out BART’s breach of contract claim based on the exclusive remedy provision of the contract.Read More
Angeles Chemical Company
Represent Omega Chemical PRP Group, as common counsel, which includes 115 defendants named in a complex environmental cost recovery lawsuit filed by Angeles Chemical Company in Southern California federal court.  We also represent two defendants in toxic tort litigation brought by nine individual plaintiffs involving sites in Los Angeles County.  Plaintiffs allege a variety of personal injury claims arising from indoor air exposure.Read More
Cost Recovery Litigation and Related Remediation Counseling at Former Shooting Range
Representing California real estate developers Otay Land Company/Flat Rock Land Company, subsidiaries of HomeFed Corporation, in cleanup cost recovery litigation against multiple defendants who once operated a multi-acre former shooting range near San Diego, CA.  The litigation has raised issues of first impression and national importance that were argued before the Ninth Circuit.  The State of California, the Sierra Club (now Earth Justice) and the Natural Resources Defense Council all filed amicus curiae briefs supporting Otay/Flat Rock – Farella legal positions.Read More
FMC Corporation
Farella represents FMC Corporation in separate coordinated lawsuits filed throughout the State of California regarding groundwater contamination due to historical applications of soil fumigants.  Farella earlier successfully negotiated resolution of seven of the original eight lawsuits.Read More
Global Product Stewardship

Serve on the global product stewardship committee for international apparel company.  Developed a "do not use" list of chemicals which was implemented globally throughout all of the company's manufacturing facilities. Read More

Hookston Station Toxic Tort Litigation

Represented Union Pacific Railroad in a mass tort litigation involving 225 plaintiffs in Contra Costa Superior Court alleging personal injuries and property damages from groundwater contamination. We obtained summary judgment eliminating the plaintiffs' strict liability/ultra hazardous activity, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, medical monitoring and "remediation" causes of action.  We also won summary judgment of negligence-based property damage claims from 50 of the plaintiffs.  Trial of the remaining claims is scheduled for April 2012.  Read More