California Cleantech Start-up Whistleblower Investigation

Represented committee of the Board of Directors of non-public clean energy start-up in surgical-scope investigation regarding whistleblower allegations of potential False Claims Act and various other violations.  Acquired an in-depth understanding of technical representations made by various executives in order to evaluate weight of whistleblower allegations.  Conducted narrow scope of interviews of executives and board members and reviewed focused set of e-mail communications.

Firm Highlights

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3 Trends in Criminal Trade Secret Prosecution

Criminal trade secret prosecutions are on the rise nationwide and in the Northern District of California, especially cases relating to alleged theft by Chinese nationals and entities. According to a 2017 report by the...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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Rethinking Independence in Internal Investigations

ACC Docket May 2018 "Rethinking Independence in Internal Investigations" By Katia Bloom ,  Jessica Nall and Joshua Malone Although an entirely new firm should be hired for an internal investigation in certain circumstances, imposing...

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What’s Privilege Got to Do With It? Practical Tips for Managing Bank Regulators Access to Attorney-Client Privileged Information

The attorney-client privilege, which prohibits the compelled disclosure of confidential communications between an attorney and their client, is enshrined in common law and statutory codes across the country. See, e.g., Cal. Evid. Code §...

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Token Taxonomy Act Seeks to Provide Regulatory Clarity to Crypto Industry

Two United States congressmen introduced legislation in late December that would exclude certain digital currencies from being defined as securities – a bill that, if enacted, may finally provide the cryptocurrency industry with regulatory...

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Branding Concerns Rise Amid Cryptocurrency Proliferation

New cryptocurrencies and tokens have been popping up all over the place, leading the SEC to set up an initial coin offering (ICO) section on its website and to promote recent enforcement actions in...

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Farella Braun + Martel Wins Benchmark Litigation 2019 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces it has been named “San Francisco Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation . Farella Partner Douglas Young accepted the award on behalf of...

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