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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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Firm Highlights

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North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims

Tyler Gerking, chair of Farella's Insurance Recovery Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Register article, "North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims." In the article, Tyler said he would expect...

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Another Federal Circuit Finds Phishing Loss Covered Under Crime Policy

Companies of all sizes have fallen victim to attacks whereby fraudsters will use deceptive communications, such as spoofed emails, to trick an employee into transferring money into the fraudsters’ control. While these increasingly prevalent...

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2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will be speaking at the 2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law session, "Marijuana in the Workplace." Details: According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of...

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Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office

Click here for the audio recording of the webinar "Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office.

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Strategy Lessons From Wells Fargo Fintech Patent Litigation

United States Automobile Association (USAA) is a financial services company that provides insurance, banking, investment, and retirement products and services for members of the military and their families. On June 7, 2018, USAA filed...

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ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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Risk Management Summit for Agriculture and Cannabis

Rebecca Stephens will be presenting the topic "A Closer Look at Ag/Cannabis Employment Issues Surfacing in 2020" at Newfront Insurance's Risk Management Summit for Agriculture & Cannabis. Join us for a free, all-day event...

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Your Retirement Planning and the SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (or SECURE Act), signed into law on December 20, 2019, changes retirement planning significantly and unexpectedly. The bulk of the changes become effective as of January...

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Farella Assists San Francisco Flower Mart With Development Project

Farella Braun + Martel represented the master tenant of the San Francisco Flower Mart in renegotiating its agreements with Kilroy Realty Corp., including a long-term master lease to permanently relocate the Flower Mart to...

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Sushila Chanana Named to 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Sushila Chanana has been named a member of the 2020 class of Fellows participating in a landmark program created by...

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