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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Employment Law Issues to Consider Before Including Work Made for Hire Clauses in Contractor Agreements

For most employers, it is important to own the intellectual property rights in written and/or graphic work commissioned from independent contractors.  But including a Work Made for Hire Clause (“WMFH Clause”) in an independent...

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Complying With the TCPA After the Facebook Supreme Court Decision

Many cannabis dispensaries rely heavily on text messaging marketing programs to reach their customers and to create loyalty in an increasingly competitive market. While text messaging programs may be an effective marketing tool, they...

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Management Anti-Harassment Training for Exempt Organization Professionals

California employment law requires employers in every industry, including  exempt organizations to create a workplace safe from harassment, discrimination, bullying, and sexual predation. The responsibility for this mandatory training falls on employers, and when...

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California Cannabis Businesses Face Costly Peril With Marketing Robocalls, Attorney Says

Cynthia Castillo spoke at the 2021 North Coast Cannabis Conference underwritten by Farella Braun + Martel and presented by the North Bay Business Journal. Cynthia spoke on trends in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA...

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New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know

Join Buzz Hines and John Ugai, along with guest speakers, Timothy Simpson and Mehran Ebrahimi from GSI Environment Inc, in the discussion on "New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know." The new...

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Farella Represents Catalyze in Its Acquisition of PermaCity

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented leading national independent power producer Catalyze  as due diligence counsel in its acquisition of solar developer and installer  PermaCity . Based in Boulder, Colorado, Catalyze...

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Turmoil in the SPAC Market: What Private Tech Companies Should Consider Before Going Public Via a SPAC

In the spring of 2021, one of the hottest markets—the market for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs—has “screeched to a halt,” according to CNN . As the SPAC market grew red hot in...

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Returning to the Office: Legal and Practical Considerations for Keeping Your Team Safe

Join Ashley Breakfield (moderator) with panelists Holly Sutton and Tom Cashin from Shorenstein, in the discussion on “Returning to the Office: Legal and Practical Considerations for Keeping Your Team Safe.”  COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandates caused employers to...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2021 Best Places to Work: #1 Among Large Companies

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California Cannabis Appellation Program

The specific location of a product’s origin is more important with some products than others.  Wine is the classic example, as the dirt and surrounding climate in which grapes are grown can have a...

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