Angeles Chemical Company
Represent Omega Chemical PRP Group, as common counsel, which includes 115 defendants named in a complex environmental cost recovery lawsuit filed by Angeles Chemical Company in Southern California federal court. We also represent two defendants in toxic tort litigation brought by nine individual plaintiffs involving sites in Los Angeles County. Plaintiffs allege a variety of personal injury claims arising from indoor air exposure.
Hookston Station Toxic Tort Litigation
Represented Union Pacific Railroad in a mass tort litigation involving 225 plaintiffs in Contra Costa Superior Court alleging personal injuries and property damages from groundwater contamination. We obtained summary judgment eliminating the plaintiffs' strict liability/ultra hazardous activity, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, medical monitoring and "remediation" causes of action. We also won summary judgment of negligence-based property damage claims from 50 of the plaintiffs. Following these advantageous rulings, we negotiated a very favorable settlement of the remaining claims.
BART v. GE Transportation Systems
We represented GE in a $500 million federal court litigation in the Northern District of California involving the development of an experimental train control technology for BART. The case successfully settled after a partial summary judgment motion knocked out BART’s breach of contract claim based on the exclusive remedy provision of the contract.
Farella represents FMC Corporation in separate coordinated lawsuits filed throughout the State of California regarding groundwater contamination due to historical applications of soil fumigants. Farella successfully negotiated resolution of seven of the original eight lawsuits.
Cost Recovery Litigation and Related Remediation Counseling at Former Shooting Range
Global Product Stewardship
Serve on the global product stewardship committee for international apparel company. Developed a "do not use" list of chemicals which was implemented globally throughout all of the company's manufacturing facilities.