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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What Employers Should Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act Taking Effect January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a consumer-friendly privacy law inspired by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, is set to take effect. The CCPA is aimed towards bolstering...

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PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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Farella Braun + Martel Deepens Environmental Practice With Partner Donald Sobelman

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Benchmark California 2020 Ranks Farella Among Top Litigation Firms

Doug Young named among Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel continues to be ranked among the top litigation firms by Benchmark California 2020, a guide...

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Jeff Fisher Named Among California’s 2019 Top Trade Secrets Lawyers by the Daily Journal

SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Jeffrey M. Fisher was named among the “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal . Fisher has...

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Reimbursement of Employment-Related Expenses Is Not a “Wage and Hour” Claim Within the Meaning of EPLI Exclusion

A recent California appellate court decision found that a wage and hour exclusion in an Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) policy did not bar coverage for claims under California Labor Code sections 2800 and...

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Securing Against Trade Secret Pitfalls and Dangers Arising From Employee Mobility Situations

Published on ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP Picture this: Your company is in a highly competitive industry with several leading players heavily supported...

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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San Francisco Now Requires 100% Renewable Energy for Commercial Buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance this week requiring owners of all nonresidential buildings in San Francisco of at least 50,000 square feet to provide all on-site electricity demands from 100...

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CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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