Farella's Product Liability and Stewardship Group provides comprehensive legal services for product designers, raw material suppliers, fabricators, manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers  throughout the United States and internationally. The group is comprised of attorneys in relevant practice areas, including product law, environmental law, wine industry law, food and beverage law, commercial counseling and business litigation. Our team leverages the individual experience of each member to provide a multidisciplinary approach that serves our clients' unique legal needs and business objectives-whether they do business in North America, Central or South America, Europe, Asia or Africa.

We have assisted clients in a wide range of industries, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals, agricultural and industrial chemicals, construction materials and systems, consumer products, apparel, food and beverage, home furnishings and portable buildings, among others. Our attorneys have extensive experience with all facets of product stewardship and product law including:

  • Strategic planning, compliance counseling and regulatory representation (including UCC, FIFRA, TSCA, FDA, CPSC, OSHA and ISO compliance)
  • Complex product liability and class action defense (including California’s Prop 65)
  • Defense of government and private enforcement actions
  • Health and safety planning and management
  • Product recall coordination
  • Product critique and design testing programs
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Insurance coverage representation

We are seasoned, resourceful and experienced in working with product manufacturers and distributors as well as with the technical, scientific and toxicological experts and consultants involved in a coordinated, comprehensive and cost-effective product management or liability litigation defense strategy. Our reputation is demonstrated through the recommendation by the American Apparel and Footwear Association and The Hosiery Association of Farella as their go to firm for product stewardship and liability representation.

As the global product stewardship counsel for Levi Strauss & Company for more than 15 years and through global assignments for VISA, Inc. and the W.R. Bradley Company, our lawyers have developed extensive experience with product design, raw materials/component part controls, fabrication, manufacturing, labeling, life cycle analysis, disposal, plant siting and closing, terms of engagement/codes of conduct, documentation and information management, contract design and management, auditing, recalls, international trade negotiations, domestic and multi-national regulatory compliance and product stewardship integration with related company management systems.

Firm Highlights

Event

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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News

Eugene Mar Named to Americas Rising Star Awards Shortlist by Euromoney Legal Media Group

Farella Braun + Martel partner Eugene Y. Mar has been named to the 2019 Americas Rising Star Awards shortlist for "Best in Patent" by Euromoney Legal Media Group. Eugene chairs Farella’s Technology Industry Group. As...

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Publication

New California Crown Act Reminds Employers to Carefully Consider Workplace Dress and Grooming Policies

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first bill banning discrimination based on an employee’s hairstyle. Senate Bill 188, otherwise known as the Crown Act, expanded the definition of race under...

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Farella Braun + Martel Partner Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Publication

California's Changing Approach to Housing Policy

Hardly a day goes by without news headlines reminding us that California is in the midst of a severe housing crisis. As with any crisis situation, questions abound. How did we get here? How...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Publication

In the Weeds: Marijuana Legalization & Employment Laws

Over the last several years, attitudes towards marijuana use have rapidly changed in the United States. According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of U.S. respondents said marijuana use should be legal...

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How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in Napa County have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with the cost and lengthy...

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