Capitol People First v. Department of Developmental Services

We represented the California Association of State Hospital Parents Counsel for the Retarded (CASH/PCR) and the California Association for the Retarded, groups that represent parents of severely retarded children in California's Developmental Centers (DCs) and a number of individuals who live in these DCs.  In 2002, Protection & Advocacy Inc. filed suit against the State, to move all developmentally disabled adults out of DCs and into community living situations.  In general this is a fine objective; however, our clients felt the standard was being applied too broadly. Our clients' children are profoundly retarded and would face severe risk if they lived in the community rather than in the safety of DCs.  Plaintiffs moved to certify the case as a class action.  Farella intervened and filed a motion opposing class certification on the grounds that our clients were not adequately represented and did not share the same view point as the plaintiffs. In January 2006, the court granted Farella’s motion relying on our arguments to reach its conclusion. As a result of this victory, our clients nominated Farella for the California State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award. (Pro bono)

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Permitting Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage Projects: Lessons From California

The increasing mandates and incentives for the rapid deployment of energy storage are resulting in a boom in the deployment of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS). In the first installment of our series...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Dan Cohn Named to American Friends of Tel Aviv University Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel Partner Daniel E. Cohn was elected to the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) Board of Directors. AFTAU is a nonprofit organization that raises...

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Zoom Successfully Addresses New York’s Privacy and Security Concerns

A few weeks ago on this blog, we addressed some of the legal issues that have arisen for Zoom , as it becomes a significant part of American daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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Employment Laws and the New Normal: New Workplace Obligations and a New Look at Prior Obligations (Webinar)

Holly Sutton and Rebecca Stephens present the program "Employment Laws and the New Normal: New Workplace Obligations and a New Look at Prior Obligations" to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. ...

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A Roadmap to Litigating Privacy Claims? A Look at a Recent Order From the Google Assistant Privacy Litigation

As privacy-related litigation continues to heat up, Judge Beth Freeman (ND Cal.) recently laid out in In re Google Assistant Privacy Litigation (Case No. 19-cv-04286) [1] a potential roadmap for surviving or winning a...

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CLA IP Section Technology, Internet, and Privacy Law Interest Group

With only a month and a half to go before Attorney General enforcement, Sushila Chanana, of Farella, Braun + Martel, will discuss the private right of action under the CCPA and some patterns that have...

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Cyber Insurance Demand Heats Up As COVID-19 Hacks Rise

Tyler Gerking spoke to Law360 for the article "Cyber Insurance Demand Heats Up As COVID-19 Hacks Rise." As far as insurance coverage being available for fines and penalties that arise out of privacy and data security laws such as...

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Coronavirus: Can tech allay the dangers of the Bay Area office of the future?

Rebecca Stephens spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about legal considerations that could potentially hinder a return to physical work as much as technological ones. Link to the article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Coronavirus-Can-tech-allay-the-dangers-of-the-15246378.php

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