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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Nonprofit Basics: Supporting Organizations - Part 1

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This episode is the first of two parts that discuss the definition of supporting organizations as a special type of public charity. All...

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Legal Ethics in a Hybrid Work Environment

Sarah Bell is speaking at the ethics plenary session "Legal Ethics in a Hybrid Work Environment" at the ABA's 2023 Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program. Session Overview: Post-COVID, we now...

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Farella Represents Mission Clean Energy in Financing Deal

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised utility scale renewable energy developer Mission Clean Energy, LLC in connection with private equity firm Wafra Inc.’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Mission Clean...

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Farella Receives American Antitrust Institute 2022 Antitrust Enforcement Award

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it has received a 2022 Antitrust Enforcement Award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” from the American Antitrust...

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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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Farella Braun + Martel Earns 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings

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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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Highlights from 2022 Unified Patents Corporate IP Strategy Conference

Recently, several Farella lawyers attended the 2022 Corporate IP Strategy Conference, co-hosted by the Santa Clara University High Tech Law Journal and Unified Patents. Eugene Mar, Erik Olson, Dan Callaway, and Tom Pardini enjoyed...

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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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Ashley Breakfield Elected 2023 President-Elect of CREW SF

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