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The Compliance Gap

The Compliance Gap blog provides comments and insights on issues of importance to public and privately held companies in the cross-hairs of government regulators, criminal prosecutors, and the plaintiffs’ bar. Few areas of the law require more skills across a broad spectrum of disciplines than the representation of clients in federal and state criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and the representation of corporate boards (or current or former officers, directors, and employees) in internal investigations and follow on regulatory and criminal proceedings.

Farella Braun + Martel’s white collar and corporate investigations team represents corporations and individuals, and will maintain that focus in our blog. We plan to present creative views and commentary on white collar criminal and regulatory activity, internal investigations, government investigations (SEC, IRS, DOJ, etc.), fraud and compliance and securities investigations.

Our goal is to be interesting and informative, and perhaps evoke the need for users, like you, to comment and engage with the content.

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The Policyholder Perspective

The Policyholder Perspective blog provides comments and insights on issues of importance to anyone interested in commercial insurance coverage. Farella Braun + Martel represents policyholders and claimants in insurance coverage disputes with insurers, and we will present the issues from that perspective. We won’t claim to be neutral in that respect, but we hope that everyone—policyholders, risk management professionals, and insurer-side counsel alike—will find our take on these issues to be interesting and informative, and perhaps evoke the need to comment and engage with the content.

Insurance cases in California and across the country are decided regularly. Some of these cases are surprising decisions and troubling from the policyholder perspective. This blog will discuss briefly some of these cases, and highlight some practical ideas about how to deal with them. We don’t intend this blog to be a stuffy “Reported Decisions” compilation—we expect to alert you to new cases, to practical problems we all encounter, to industry developments and provide practical guidance on the issues you are grappling with on a daily basis, just as we are.

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Privacy

Farella’s Privacy Blog provides comments and insights on issues of importance to anyone interested in or subject to the various data collection and protection legislation—a continuously expanding web of legislation from state, federal, and foreign jurisdictions. Farella represents companies in connection with their compliance obligations, and also in disputes that arise through administrative enforcement and private actions. As such, we will present the issues from that perspective. We won’t claim to be neutral in that respect, but we hope that everyone—data protection professionals, administrators, and even those representing private claimants—will find our take on these issues to be interesting and informative, and perhaps evoke the need to comment and engage with the content.

From the enforcement arising from recent legislation, such as the GDPR and the CCPA, to expected similar state legislation and even a potential federal law, we expect to see a constantly changing privacy landscape in the near term. All of this new legislation will leave various questions open that can only be answered through practice. This blog will discuss briefly some of these issues, and highlight some practical ideas about how to deal with them. We expect to alert you to new legislation and cases, to practical problems we all encounter, to industry developments, and provide practical guidance on the issues you are grappling with on a daily basis, just as we are.

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Firm Highlights

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How Mentorship Advances the Careers of Diverse Lawyers

Buzz Hines and Kelly Matayoshi are panelists at this ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Internship Opportunity virtual program co-sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion, LGBT Law & Litigator, Minority Trial Lawyer, and Woman Advocate...

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Bankruptcy Provisions in COVID Relief Legislation Impacting PPP Loans, Commercial Leases and Preference Claims

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching on into another year, businesses continue to experience adverse effects. Bankruptcy filings, especially among retailers, were higher than average in 2020, and it is likely that more companies large...

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Perspectives on Virtual Proceedings: ADR & Claims Resolution in a COVID World

Erica Villanueva will be speaking at the 2021 Virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar on "Perspectives on Virtual Proceedings: ADR & Claims Resolution in a COVID World."

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Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast

Evan Abrams spoke to the San Francisco Business Times for the article "Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast."  In the article, Evan said, “If you really want to do anything...

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Cannabis Industry, Including CBD Products, Subject to New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements

Updated Proposition 65 warning requirements for cannabis products came into effect on January 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone offering for sale cannabis products in California—including hemp-derived CBD products—must provide an appropriate warning...

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ACGSF: The Facts on SPACs

Drew Goodwin is a panelist at the ACG San Francisco live webinar, "The Facts on SPACs." Details: Join us for a discussion on special purpose acquisition companies. How are they raised, who invests; how...

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What to Do When Commercial Leases End Up in Bankruptcy

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many businesses to close, leaving landlords in the lurch. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake up the nation’s economy. Long-standing companies such as JC Penney, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s...

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Farella Braun + Martel Elevates Five to Partner

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17 Firms Join Crowell in Seeking Trump's Removal

Farella is among 17 law firms joining Crowell & Moring in sending a joint letter to Vice President Mike Pence to call for President Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office and to urge Pence to invoke the 25th...

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New Year, New CMS Price Transparency Rule For Hospitals

Transparency in health care pricing can help patients make informed decisions, increase competition, and drive down the cost of health care. Accordingly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has promulgated a new...

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