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

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Judge Finds Grounds to Sue California Insurance Commissioner for Refusing to Investigate Industry Fraud in Recent Wildfire Claims

Lawsuit Alleges Insurance Industry Has Illegally Used Unlicensed Out-of-State Adjusters to Cheat Victims of 2017 and 2018 Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019: A judge is permitting a survivor of the 2017 Tubbs Fire...

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Last Major SF Transbay Tower, Affordable Housing at Risk of Delays

Real Estate/Land Use and Development Partner Charles (C.J.) Higley shares his thoughts on why the 546 Howard St. tower project deserves priority for approval. Read the full article here .

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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