Farella's Environmental Law department has extensive experience assisting clients with compliance and litigation under federal and state consumer protection laws, including California's Proposition 65. We draw on our considerable resources, including our experience as seasoned federal and state court trial attorneys, our work with clients on product stewardship, regulatory compliance and liability issues, and our experience with technical, scientific and toxicological evidence and consultants. Farella's Proposition 65 expertise is proven by the regular requests for attorneys to author articles and frequently speak at conferences on issues relating to Proposition 65. In 2007, The American Apparel and Footwear Association and the Hosiery Association chose Farella as their product advisory counsel.  In this relationship, we assist the membership of both associations with Proposition 65 and other product laws.

Clients rely on us for informed, creative, business-oriented strategies to protect their interests and accomplish their objectives. We have successfully opposed plaintiff organizations and law firms that have made Proposition 65 their business model and seek to impose product reformulation requirements and extract "bounty hunter" fees.

Collectively, Farella's attorneys' have experience with consumer, occupational and environmental exposure and discharge claims and compliance issues under Proposition 65, among other state and federal environmental, health and product safety statutes. We have represented clients from all sectors of the economy, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, trade associations, refiners, restaurants, food and beverage suppliers, building owners, developers, employers and other companies doing business in California.

Our Proposition 65 experience goes beyond the negotiating table into the courtroom when litigation is necessary, including litigating Proposition 65 matters against the California Attorney Generals office. Our experience is specific; key to successful defense is quickly determining actions and reactions to address the individualized risk associated with the product. Risks are both financial to the bottom line and public relations, which can irreparably taint a product or corporate brand in the minds of the consumer. A win in court may not be a win in the court of public opinion. Understanding risks requires early case assessment, pushing for settlement and ensuring confidentiality as much as possible.

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Farella Braun + Martel Earns 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings

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Hot Topics and Recent Developments in the World of Insider Trading

Janice Reicher is a speaker at the Bar Association of San Francisco's MCLE program "Hot Topics and Recent Developments in the World of Insider Trading." Session Overview: This program will cover hot topics and recent developments in...

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Nonprofit Basics: Supporting Organizations - Part 1

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This episode is the first of two parts that discuss the definition of supporting organizations as a special type of public charity. All...

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Farella Receives American Antitrust Institute 2022 Antitrust Enforcement Award

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it has received a 2022 Antitrust Enforcement Award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” from the American Antitrust...

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Regulatory and Litigation Risks From California’s New Recycling Laws

California is a leader on plastics reduction, passing legislation regulating recyclability and sustainability claims, promoting the use of recycled materials, and preventing plastics pollution. In particular, two new laws require manufacturers to carefully evaluate...

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Nonprofit Basics: Supporting Organizations Part 2 - Orientation for Understanding Type III Supporting Organizations

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource .  Episode 24 is the second of two parts that discuss supporting organizations as a special type of public charity. All supporting organizations must...

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Kelly Matayoshi Receives 2022 Barristers Diversity Award

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Legal Ethics in a Hybrid Work Environment

Sarah Bell is speaking at the ethics plenary session "Legal Ethics in a Hybrid Work Environment" at the ABA's 2023 Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program. Session Overview: Post-COVID, we now...

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California Extends Presumption of COVID-19 as Workers’ Compensation Injury and Modifies Notice Requirements for Potential Exposure

In addition to AB 152 extending COVID-19 leave through December 31, 2022 , Governor Gavin Newsom has also signed into law two other COVID-related bills—AB 1751 and AB 2693—affecting employers’ policies regarding employees who...

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Plastics and Recyclability Claims

Elisabeth Dorsi is moderating the plenary session "Plastics and Recyclability Claims" at the ABA’s 2023 Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program. Session Overview: This panel will discuss the...

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