Experience

Defense of Claims of Groundwater/Water Supply Contamination

Defended client in state court cost recovery action asserting HSAA and common law claims, brought by a California water district concerning aquifer contamination by TCE and other VOCs.

Proposition 65 and Product Liability Defense

Successful resolution of multiple Prop. 65 challenges, including defense of manufacturer in major ongoing Prop. 65 litigation relating to use of recycled materials in production.

Prop 65 - Bottled Water

Represented major suppliers of bottled water (Crystal Geyser, Nestle Waters) in negotiating favorable settlements of enforcement action by Jim Wheaton and ELF over alleged exposure to lead and naturally-occurring arsenic in bottled water.

Advisory Counsel to AAFA

Selected as Product Advisory Counsel to the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and The Hosiery Association regarding Proposition 65 and other product laws.

Prop 65 Consumer Products

Successful defense of manufacturers and distributors of consumer products (including apparel, children's products, vinyl gloves, garden tools, jewelry products, glassware and ceramicware, galvanized pipe fittings, plumbing fixtures, and lighting products) for alleged failure to warn of exposure to cadmium, lead, mercury, phthalates or toluene, among other chemicals.

Prop 65 Food and Beverage

Represented food and beverage suppliers in negotiating favorable settlements of claims for alleged failure to warn of exposure to Proposition 65 chemicals.

Prop 65 Chemical Exposure in Education

Negotiated favorable settlement of claims alleging failure to warn of exposure to diesel exhaust from school buses, exposure to formaldehyde in components of modular classrooms, and exposure to arsenic and chromium in pressure-treated wood.

Prop 65 Diesel Emissions

Obtained dismissal following successful defense of industrial facilities for alleged failure to warn of exposure to diesel emissions.

Prop 65 Formaldehyde

Successful defense of distributors and retailers of paper products in Proposition 65 claims for alleged failure to warn of exposure to formaldehyde.

Prop 65 Masonry and Treated Lumber

Successful defense of manufacturers and distributors of construction supplies in action concerning alleged failure to warn of exposure to crystalline silica, lead, chromium, arsenic and other chemicals in fasteners and in dust from cutting, grinding, sanding and drilling masonry products and pressure-treated lumber.

Prop 65 Natural Gas

Successful defense of refiners and natural gas producers concerning alleged Proposition 65 violations from releases of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and other chemicals.

Prop 65 Plumbing Fixtures

Represented plumbing fixture manufacturers in negotiating favorable settlements of claims for alleged failure to warn of exposure to lead in brass components.

Firm Highlights

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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Chambers USA 2024 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers, Practices

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 16 lawyers and six practice areas in the legal directory’s 2024 edition. Individual California and Western U.S. Rankings: Sarah Bell &ndash...

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7 Ways Companies and Content Creators Can Navigate Copyright Law for a Successful Partnership

In recent years, the advent of the social media “influencer” has revolutionized advertising. Companies often partner with influencers to market their products, hoping to tap into the influencer’s devoted audience. Likewise, influencers create certain content...

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How to Navigate California Wage Statement Penalties After Naranjo v. Spectrum

On May 6, 2024, the California Supreme Court, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services Inc. , clarified that an employer is not liable for statutory penalties for inaccurate wage statements when it had a...

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Advice for Nonprofit Investment Committees From an Investment Advisor

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 82, we revisit the duties of directors in managing investment assets. Joining Cynthia Rowland today is Jennifer Nelson, Senior Wealth Manager...

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Ex-DraftKings Exec Seeks Fast Trial To Test Noncompete Law

Holly Sutton, chair of Farella's Employment Law Group, provided expert commentary to Law360 for the article "Ex-DraftKings Exec Seeks Fast Trial To Test Noncompete Law." Read the article here (subscription required).

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Farella Advises TILT Holdings Inc. on $10.5M Loan Transaction

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised TILT Holdings Inc. , a global provider of cannabis business solutions, and its Pennsylvania subsidiary, grower and processor Standard Farms, on a $10.5 million loan transaction...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in Oklahoma and Texas

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 12th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In previous episodes, we...

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Nonprofit Book Review: ABA Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In today’s episode, Cynthia Rowland’s guest is Bill Boyd, one of the editors, along with Lisa Runquist, of the newly published fourth edition of...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2024 Bay Area Best Places to Work

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