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August 4, 2020 Announcement
Ninth Circuit Grants Re-Trial for Death Row Inmate
Court rules prosecutor engaged in unconstitutional racial discrimination during jury selection. Farella Braun + Martel’s Pro Bono Program has won another significant victory for Marvin Pete Walker Jr., one of the longest-serving inmates on California’s death row, with the...
July 21, 2020 Media Coverage
Major Lake County Resort Development Approved
Napa Valley Register
Katherine Philippakis, chair of Farella's Wine Industry Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Registe r article, "Major Lake County Resort Development Approved." The Lake County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a massive resort development known as the...
June 11, 2020 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2020
The 2020 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the leading firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Land use partner Steven Vettel was named to the Land Use/Zoning section’s Hall...
June 1, 2020 Media Coverage
EPA Narrows States’ Veto Power Over Infrastructure Projects
Bloomberg Law
Environmental Law Partner Sarah Bell spoke to Bloomberg Law about EPA rule (RIN: 2040-AF86 ), which aims to discourage coastal states from relying on part of the Clean Water Act to block fossil fuel projects that pass through their...
May 15, 2020 Media Coverage
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 the California Consumer Privacy Act, Tyler...
May 5, 2020 Media Coverage
Coronavirus: Can tech allay the dangers of the Bay Area office of the future?
San Francisco Chronicle
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:
April 27, 2020 Media Coverage
Lawyers See Maui Opinion as Grounds to Challenge Trump Water Rule
Bloomberg Law
Environmental law partner Sarah Bell was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, "Lawyers See Maui Opinion as Grounds to Challenge Trump Water Rule." In the article, Sarah said the Maui holding will be used as “confirmation that the courts...
April 23, 2020 Media Coverage
SCOTUS Clean Water Act Test ‘Devastating’ for Industry
Bloomberg Law
Sarah Bell commented on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying that the Clean Water Act can be used to regulate pollution that travels through groundwater. Read full article, here . The case is  County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife...
April 20, 2020 Media Coverage
Coronavirus Slowing PFAS Testing, Cleanup Efforts Across U.S.
Bloomberg Law
Farella environmental law partner Sarah Bell spoke to Bloomberg Law about PFAS pollution testing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the article, Sarah commented that multiple months of delays are likely to affect federal efforts to curb PFAS...
April 13, 2020 Media Coverage
In Novel Case, Insurer Sues Own Law Firm After Data Breach
Tyler Gerking was quoted in the Law360 article "In Novel Case, Insurer Sues Own Law Firm After Data Breach." In the article Tyler said, "This case shows some of the hazards that all companies face when they choose to not...
April 6, 2020 Media Coverage
Calif. Justices Set Montrose's Excess Enviro Coverage Path
Insurance recovery partner Mary McCutcheon commented on the California Supreme Court's decision in the Montrose Chemical Corp. of California v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County case. In the article, Mary noted that although the decision may be favorable...
March 18, 2020 Announcement
Farella COVID-19 Update: A Message From the Managing Partner
To our clients, alumni and friends, During these unsettling times, Farella Braun + Martel is focused on protecting the health and safety of our firm members, clients, and communities and doing our part to help contain the spread of...
March 5, 2020 Media Coverage
GDPR in 2020: What You Need to Know
In the article "GDPR in 2020: What You Need to Know," Nate Garhart discussed the newly clarified guidelines for extraterritorial application of GDPR. Read the full article on Toolbox , here .
February 28, 2020 Media Coverage
As In-House Counsel Ramp Up Secondment Requests, How Are Firms Responding?
Corporate Counsel
In the Corporate Counsel article "As In-House Counsel Ramp Up Secondment Requests, How Are Firms Responding?", Farella Managing Partner Brian Donnelly discussed the costs and benefits of secondment programs. Link to read the full article (subscription may be required...
February 14, 2020 Media Coverage
Gov't Drops IP Theft Charges Against Ex-Jawbone Workers
Law360 reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California in San Jose moved to dismiss all trade-secret-theft charges against the remaining four defendants in what was originally a six-defendant case, including a dismissal of Farella’s...

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Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products Subject to New Prop. 65 Warning Requirements in California

California’s regulatory framework for cannabis and hemp-derived products, including CBD, continues to evolve, most recently via updated Proposition 65 warning requirements that came into full effect Jan. 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone...

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Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits

Tony Schoenberg speaking on "Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits" at the March Nonprofit Education Series.  As an owner or tenant, dealing with real estate has been one of the most significant challenges facing nonprofits...

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Bisnow Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update

Julie Treppa will be speaking at Bisnow's Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update virtual program, "An Update on Opportunity Zones Today." Details: How will the Biden administration change the OZ program? Did the pandemic sideline...

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Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle in California

On Dec.16, 2020, in Midway Venture LLC v. County of San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of two COVID-19-related California public health restrictions as applied to two adult entertainment businesses...

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Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law virtual program. Details: Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new...

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Jeffrey Fisher Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Matt Lewis and Julie Treppa discuss "New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know."  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a lifeline for nonprofits and other businesses that are struggling to survive during...

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Farella Advises 10x Genomics on Purchase of Retail Center Site

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Pleasanton-based biotech company 10x Genomics in its purchase of a 14.6-acre former shopping center site in Pleasanton at 1701 Springdale Ave., where it plans to...

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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential and even trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around...

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