Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Thriving Through Transformation: How PayPal’s Emily Ward Used Her Network and Values to Define a Year

In 2015, Emily Ward, vice president and deputy general counsel at PayPal, was busy. Her itinerary included helping lead aspects of PayPal's separation from eBay, aiding PayPal's transition as its own company, organizing ChIPs'…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Is Your Workers Compensation Program Unlawful?

A popular workers compensation insurance program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (Applied Underwriters) and California Insurance Company may be in trouble. On…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation, Insurance

Leave It to the Policyholder Professionals – Do Not Try This at Home

Recently, I was asked to look at coverage for a case where the insurer had denied a duty to defend several years before. We concluded that the insurer should have been defending based on certain allegations in the complaint and…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

California Court Imposes Duty to Accommodate Non-Disabled Employees Associated With Disabled Persons

On April 4, 2016, a California Court of Appeal set new precedent in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, opining that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may require employers to reasonably accommodate…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Cyber Attacks on Infrastructure are Increasing: Review Your Insurance As “Internet Of Things” Risks Grow and Change

In the December post Systemic Cyber Risks And The Internet of Things, we wrote about the increasing risk of cyber attacks on infrastructure and consumer products, and related insurance issues. We noted in that post that, while…more
| Energy & Utilities, Insurance, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

A Strategic Pause: How Lauri Shanahan Successfully Transitioned to Full Time Board Service

Lauri Shanahan, who went from being the chief legal and administrative officer of a multinational corporation (Gap Inc.), to sitting on the board of directors of three companies, insists that a key to her success has been to…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Implementation of California's New Groundwater Law Continues as DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans

In 2014, the California Legislature adopted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which for the first time comprehensively regulates the extraction and use of the state’s groundwater. A significant milestone in…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Preemption Defense: Is Inaction by the FDA Enough?

A seeming contradiction between two recent federal district court rulings on preemption and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of pharmaceuticals creates some uncertainty about whether evidence submitted by the…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Products Liability

Insure Your Risk as an Airbnb Host

As Bay Area residents prepared for thousands of football fans and media to descend on their region for the Super Bowl, one began to hear the sorts of rumblings that typically precede big events. Traffic will be terrible. Parking…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

The Good Versus Money Dichotomy: Why Lawyers Serving on and Advising For-Profit Boards Benefits the Lawyers, Companies, and Communities

Sometime between entering law school and taking the bar exam, many attorneys decide that to affect change and help serve the interests of justice they must join a non-profit organization or provide pro bono services. In essence,…more
| Business Organizations, Law Practice Products & Services

Federal Circuit Rejects International Exhaustion in Lexmark, Distinguishes Scotus' Copyright Ruling in Kirtsaeng

The en banc Federal Circuit has issued a highly anticipated decision in Lexmark Intern., Inc. v. Impression Products, Inc., No. 2014-1617, slip op. (Fed. Cir. Feb. 12, 2016) (en banc). The patent friendly decision reaffirms two…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Byzantine Complexities: Strategies for Lawyers to Join a Board of Directors

While many lawyers may be interested in joining a board of directors of a for-profit public or private company, reaching this goal can entail a degree of complexity that even the Byzantine Emperors would have envied…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

5 Insurance Tips for Emerging Companies

When a new company moves to secure funding and formalize operations, insurance is often an afterthought. But with a bit of effort, emerging companies can obtain strong insurance protection, maximize their existing coverage, and…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Winery Equity Crowdfunding Raises Opportunities, Risks

Many are familiar with the rewards-based model of crowdfunding popularized by websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The basic idea is that a group of individuals — the “crowd” — contributes funds to a company or project in…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Cybersecurity and Data Breaches: How In-House Counsel Can Engage the Board

A company's board of directors has a duty to oversee all aspects of the company's risk management efforts. This includes a duty to recognize and minimize the company's exposure to cyber attacks. In today's increasingly digital…more
| Business Organizations, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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