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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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14th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference

Holly Sutton is a panelist on the 14th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference live webinar, "Political Speech at Work: What is Fair and What is Foul." Details: Some believe that...

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Maximizing Business Insurance Coverage Benefits After a Fire

Unfortunately, we again write while wildfire is devouring homes and businesses in Napa and Sonoma, and threatening many more. We’ve previously posted tips about first steps that you should take in the event your...

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Year-End Estate Planning in an Election Year

The 2020 election is less than a month away and year-end estate planning is already underway for many. Under current law, the estate, gift and GST (generation-skipping transfer) tax exemptions for 2020 are set at...

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Alexis Sinclair Joins Farella Braun + Martel’s Financial Services Industry Group

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that business transactions lawyer Alexis Sinclair has joined the firm as special counsel in its Financial Services...

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3rd Annual BASF Cannabis Conference

Jeffrey Hamilton will be moderating the 3rd Annual BASF Cannabis Conference live webinar session, "All of the “Hot Topics” in Cannabis." Details: The BASF Cannabis Conference provides attorneys an opportunity to enhance their practical...

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Ashley Breakfield CREW SF Interview on Diversity

Farella's Ashley Breakfield is a member of CREW Network's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force . She spoke about diversity efforts with Commercial Real Estate Women of San Francisco (CREW SF) President Samantha S. Low, LEED AP.

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LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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3 Things To Know After Busy WDTX Patent Judge's 1st Trial

Eugene Mar spoke to Law360 about the  MV3 Partners LLC v. Roku Inc.  case in the article, " 3 Things To Know After Busy WDTX Patent Judge's 1st Trial." In the article, Eugene said he's...

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Battery Energy Storage Systems Series

The increasing mandates and incentives for the rapid deployment of energy storage are resulting in a boom in the deployment of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS), presenting both challenges and opportunities for energy developers...

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More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship

In the article, "More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship," originally published in The Wall Street Journal , Erin Fraser discusses tax and estate planning issues related to renouncing U.S. citizenship. Link to the full article .

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