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

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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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Farella Braun + Martel Elevates Five to Partner

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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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Equal Pay Data Reporting, an Asset for the Strategic Employer

Join Holly Sutton and co-speaker, Erin Hastings, in the discussion on "Equal Pay Data Reporting, an Asset for the Strategic Employer." California’s recently passed SB973 requires certain employers to collect and report the number...

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News

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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The Pitfalls of Boilerplate Lease Agreements

Quinn Arntsen was featured in a GlobeSt Q&A on the pitfalls of boilerplate lease agreements. There are several provisions landlords should insist upon when renegotiating leases. But there are also several common pitfalls including...

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Prop. 19 Passed, Here Is What You Need to Know

Proposition 19, which passed last month, has important consequences for all real property owners in California. It is important to act quickly before Proposition 19's effective date of February 16, 2021. Proposition 19 has...

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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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Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business

Join Nate Garhart and Ashley Roybal-Reid in the discussion on "Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business." Intellectual property (IP) is a critical issue in the cannabis industry...

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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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