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Drexler Technology v. Dolby Laboratories, Inc., et al.

This case, filed in the Northern District of California, involved patent infringement claims asserting that Dolby Digital sound-on-film technology infringed patents held by the plaintiff, Drexler Technology Corporation.  In addition to defending Dolby Laboratories, also represented a number of major entertainment companies (including Walt Disney Pictures, Fox, MGM, Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures) in this action.  After obtaining a claim construction (“Markman”) order supporting virtually every claim construction position advocated on behalf of our clients, the Court entered summary judgment in the defendant's favor on grounds of non-infringement and patent invalidity.

City and County of San Francisco – San Francisco International Airport

Represented City and County of San Francisco in a multi-million dollar fraud action against a contractor arising from the construction of the International Terminal Complex. The complaint alleged both False Claims and RICO violations and sought damages for a pattern of fraudulent conduct and false claims, including false representations regarding the use of minority subcontractors, artificial inflation of the cost of work under contract change orders, intentional double billing and front-loading, wrongful threats of job delay and closure, and deliberate manipulation of project schedules and other data to falsely claim payments for job delays, acceleration and inefficiency.

Galbraith Landfill Closure

Represented the Port of Oakland in prosecuting an action arising from the closure of the Galbraith landfill and the preparation of the site for development as a golf course. The Port's complaint against the general contractor alleged breach of contract, negligence and False Claims Act violations, among others, and sought damages for pay application and claims requesting payment for work not actually performed.

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2021

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How I Made Partner: 'I Started Bringing in Cases That Generated Work for Me and for Others at the Firm,' Says Winston Liaw of Farella Braun + Martel

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Natural Resource Damages Conference

Sarah Bell is a program co-chair of Law Seminars International's 14th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages Santa Fe.   Sarah and James Colopy are speakers at the August 12 session "Sources of...

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Key Cyber Insurance Issues Hitting the Cannabis Industry

Tyler Gerking was quoted in the article "Key Cyber Insurance Issues Hitting the Cannabis Industry." Read the full article here . View full webinar below.

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Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry

Farella's Shanti Eagle (moderator), Nate Garhart and Tyler Gerking, along with guest speakers Javier Gonzalez and Michael Peters from PL Risk Advisors, discuss "Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry." Cannabis businesses have cyber security...

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New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know

Buzz Hines and John Ugai, along with guest speakers, Timothy Simpson and Mehran Ebrahimi from GSI Environmental Inc, discuss "New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know." The new statewide General Waste Discharge...

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What to Know About Taking a Data Center Company Public Through a SPAC

A recent IPO by InterPrivate IV Infratech Partners, a digital infrastructure-focused special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, raised $250 million. Its impressive fundraising and management team, led by former CyrusOne CTO Kevin Timmons, may cause privately...

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Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now

Join Quinn Arntsen and MaryJo Lopez with guest speaker Christopher Thompson of Napa Communities Firewise Foundation in the discussion on "Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now." California is at the start of...

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Farella Managing Partner Statement in Support of the Jewish Community

Farella Braun + Martel Managing Partner Brian Donnelly’s message to the firm honoring Memorial Day and statement in support of our Jewish colleagues, clients, and communities. Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to the fallen...

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In Verizon Decision Careful Review of Insurance Policies Expands Coverage

In Verizon Communications Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa ., the Delaware Superior Court ruled that Verizon was entitled to a defense under its D&O policy for fraudulent transfer claims. Although...

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