Consumer Products + Manufacturing

Consumer Products + Manufacturing

As a premier legal services provider, Farella offers an ideal, multidisciplinary platform for consumer product companies and manufacturers alike. Our clients come to us for our ability to deliver solutions that are tailored to their distinct challenges, and rely on us to help them establish or sustain long-term, profitable growth.

Clients

For product manufacturers, distributors, designers, raw material suppliers, fabricators, growers, importers, retailers, and more, we address an array issues they face, including product litigation, development, branding, supply chain, environmental, real estate, regulatory, intellectual property, marketing, distribution, and general commercial issues.

Whether the enterprise involves consumer products, pharmaceuticals, or medical devices; agricultural or industrial chemicals; beverage, wine, food, or cannabis; construction materials and systems, home furnishings, or apparel, we understand the legal and commercial landscape of the consumer product and manufacturing industries and can provide an  expertise not found in many Northern California law firms.

We offer personal attention and serve as trusted advisors—invested in our clients’ successes.  Being mindful of the bottom line, our client teams are smartly-staffed and nimble, led by one or more Farella partners who stay engaged in every facet of the work. We work hard to ensure that all client needs are met, efficiently, and that questions are addressed, responsively.  

Focus

Our multidisciplinary approach serves our clients' unique legal needs and business objectives in Northern California and throughout North America. In particular, our areas of focus include: 

  • Product liability and stewardship
  • Litigation—including commercial and class action
  • Environmental regulatory, compliance, and litigation—including air, water, and waste under both federal and California regulations
  • Proposition 65 counseling and defense
  • Hazardous substances
  • Natural resources
  • Climate change
  • Intellectual property protection, defense, and prosecution—including trademark and trade secret
  • Employment
  • Insurance recovery
  • Corporate
  • Licensed entities
  • Business Transaction
  • Wine and cannabis

Commitment

Our commitment to these industries is extended through participation and contributions to major national and state organizations, including speaking, writing, and leadership.

Firm Highlights

Publication

California Extends Presumption of COVID-19 as Workers’ Compensation Injury and Modifies Notice Requirements for Potential Exposure

In addition to AB 152 extending COVID-19 leave through December 31, 2022 , Governor Gavin Newsom has also signed into law two other COVID-related bills—AB 1751 and AB 2693—affecting employers’ policies regarding employees who...

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Publication

SB 54: Shifting the Burden to Producers To Address California's Plastic Pollution

California's SB 54: Plastics Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act  (Public Resources Code § 41821.5) adopts the “extended producer responsibility model” (or “circular economy framework”), which makes manufacturers of single-use plastic products and packaging responsible...

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Publication

Under FTC’s New Proposed Rule, Employers Will No Longer Be Able to Rely on Noncompete Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule that would prohibit the use of noncompete agreements in employment contracts. Noncompete agreements prevent employees and independent contractors from pursuing certain forms of employment &ndash...

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2023 New Partner Class

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News

Kelly Matayoshi Receives 2022 Barristers Diversity Award

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Publication

California Attorney General’s Office Files PFAS Lawsuit

The California Attorney General’s Office has turned its focus to PFAS, filing litigation that is likely to be one of the larger of the hundreds of PFAS-related lawsuits currently pending throughout the country. On...

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Event

Plastics and Recyclability Claims

Elisabeth Dorsi is moderating the plenary session "Plastics and Recyclability Claims" at the ABA’s 2023 Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program. Session Overview: This panel will discuss the...

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Publication

New Laws and Compliance Updates for California Employers in 2023

California has passed several new or amended employment laws covering topics ranging from off-duty marijuana use, reproductive rights, California Family Rights Act, COVID-19, criminal law and the workplace, new avenues of enforcement against employers...

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News

Jaya Bajaj Named to Lawyers of Color Hot List 2022

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Publication

Regulatory and Litigation Risks From California’s New Recycling Laws

California is a leader on plastics reduction, passing legislation regulating recyclability and sustainability claims, promoting the use of recycled materials, and preventing plastics pollution. In particular, two new laws require manufacturers to carefully evaluate...

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