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

Event

PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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Publication

Securing Against Trade Secret Pitfalls and Dangers Arising From Employee Mobility Situations

Published on ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP Picture this: Your company is in a highly competitive industry with several leading players heavily supported...

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California Employers Granted a One-Year Reprieve on New Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Deadline

If you are scrambling to comply with the new California sexual harassment training requirements, we have some good news: with some exceptions, employers have another year to put those plans in place. Under prior law...

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News

Benchmark California 2020 Ranks Farella Among Top Litigation Firms

Doug Young named among Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel continues to be ranked among the top litigation firms by Benchmark California 2020, a guide...

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Farella Braun + Martel Deepens Environmental Practice With Partner Donald Sobelman

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What Employers Should Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act Taking Effect January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a consumer-friendly privacy law inspired by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, is set to take effect. The CCPA is aimed towards bolstering...

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Jeff Fisher Named Among California’s 2019 Top Trade Secrets Lawyers by the Daily Journal

SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Jeffrey M. Fisher was named among the “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal . Fisher has...

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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Publication

Reimbursement of Employment-Related Expenses Is Not a “Wage and Hour” Claim Within the Meaning of EPLI Exclusion

A recent California appellate court decision found that a wage and hour exclusion in an Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) policy did not bar coverage for claims under California Labor Code sections 2800 and...

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WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

Tyler Gerking will be speaking at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium session, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance." Details: How much should you buy, what does it cover and how does it fit with an overall...

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