Experience

Trust and Estate Litigation

Regularly represents trustees and beneficiaries in a range of trust and estate litigation matters, including in disputes regarding trust administration, the proper income owed to income beneficiaries, identifying remainder beneficiaries, claims of undue influence and breach of fiduciary duties, and the nomination of successor trustees.

Unfair Competition Law Litigation

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Successfully represented a developer in an Unfair Competition Law action brought by a District Attorney’s office alleging numerous “malicious” unlawful acts and omissions arising from a large pre-historic Native American cemetery that was discovered and damaged during construction of a residential development project. After a 4+ week bench trial, the court found no unlawful acts and awarded a complete defense victory.

False Advertising and Labeling

Representing companies in the cosmetic and personal care industries in pre-litigation dispute resolution and litigation on false advertising, unfair competition, and CLRA claims. Successfully won dismissal of unfair competition claims against a cosmetic company on the basis that the plaintiff’s labeling claims were preempted by the FDCA.

Elder Abuse Litigation

Represented a developer against claims of fraud and elder abuse arising out of a real estate transaction.  The matter resolved with an early settlement favorable to our client.

Payment Processing Litigation

Won summary judgment on behalf of a financial services provider in a business tort action. The lawsuit accused our client of unlawfully terminating payment processing services for the plaintiffs after their accounts were flagged for illegal transactions.

CFTC Enforcement Action

Representing a precious metals retailer in both the district court and the Ninth Circuit in a federal government enforcement action brought by the CFTC alleging off-exchange transactions and fraud. The lawsuit raises novel issues regarding the CFTC’s jurisdiction, including whether depository delivery of financed metals results in “actual delivery” under the Commodity Exchange Act and the scope of the CFTC’s anti-fraud jurisdiction. Also representing the company in a parallel class action.

Mass Tort Litigation

Represented a nuclear fuel processing company in a mass tort action brought by over one hundred plaintiffs alleging personal injury and property damage. Won a complete victory at summary judgment.

Firm Highlights

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in New Mexico and Utah

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 13th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In an earlier...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2024

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that our Private Client Industry Group and Family Wealth Partner Mark Weaver were recognized in Chambers High Net Worth  2024 in the Private Wealth Law in...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2024 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-four Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2024. 2024 Farella Northern California  Super Lawyers: Amy Briggs – Business...

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REFRESH: Nonprofit Basics: Overview of Nonprofit Charitable Organization Types: Corporation, LLC, Trust, Association and Fiscal Sponsorship

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . For the next few weeks, we refresh several of the show's earliest episodes. During these dog days of summer, it’s a good time...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference: Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Sarah Bell, a program co-chair, will participate on two panels: "Best...

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CEQA Decoded: Air Quality Analysis for Bay Area Projects

CJ Higley and Don Sobelman with guest speakers Sarah Manzano with Ramboll and Josh Pollak with City and County of San Francisco Planning Department discuss "CEQA Decoded: Air Quality Analysis for Bay Area Projects."  Join...

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Expedited Review of IRS Applications for Recognition of Exempt Status

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource .  In Episode 87, Cynthia Rowland covers the rules that apply to a new charitable organization that wants expedited review of its application for...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Christopher Rendall-Jackson will participate on a panel titled "The Latest on the...

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PAGA Amendments: A Reprieve for Employers Proactively Addressing Labor Code Violations, but Ambiguities Remain

On July 1, 2024, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a package of reforms to the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), a statute that has created headaches for employers and driven up wage...

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Farella Lawyers Recognized as 2024 IP STARS by Managing Intellectual Property

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that  Managing Intellectual Property has recognized partners Daniel Callaway , James Day , Jeffrey Fisher , Winston Liaw , and Eugene Mar in the 2024 edition of...

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