Business Litigation

Class Action

One significant area of high stakes business litigation is consumer class actions. As with our general complex civil litigation practice, Farella has significant reputation, background, and talent. 

We differentiate ourselves from other firms with respect to consumer class actions based in part on the same issues that differentiate us as to complex litigation generally:  that our attorneys try cases and litigate with the end in mind, that our associates get early responsibility and develop better judgment earlier in their careers, and that we staff cases with smaller teams both to improve strategic judgments and also to control costs. Our experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants also distinguishes us:  we are better able to understand our adversaries and their pressure points because we have walked a mile in their shoes, and have developed discipline around deciding what work actually needs to be done.  We discuss these elements at greater length in our response to the general complex litigation answer.

Consumer class actions under California Business & Professions Code section 17200 have become common as plaintiffs' attorneys appoint themselves as “private attorney generals” and bring claims that business conduct is “unfair, fraudulent, or unlawful” – even where no one intended harm, no on relied on the alleged false statement, and even where the rule or regulation wasn't intended to be privately enforced. 

Firm Highlights

News

Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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