John L. Fallat

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Bar Admissions

1984, California Courts and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1988, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1989, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, U.S. Ninth Circuit; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court.


University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., 1980); California Western School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1984).

Reported Decisions

Travelers Indemnity Company v. Alliance Shippers, Inc. (1986) 654 F. Supp. 840, finding that a shipper’s agent is not a freight forwarder subject to liability for damage to goods in transit under 49 U.S.C §11707. ( Click here to read full opinion )

Ferguson v. Friendfinder (2002) 94 Cal.App.4th 255, finding that California law regulating unsolicited e-mail advertisements does not violate the dormant commerce clause of the United States Constitution. ( Click here to read full opinion )

Hypertouch, Inc. v. Superior Court (Perry Johnson, Inc.) (2005) 128 Cal.App.4th 1527, 27 Cal.Rptr.3d 839, finding that California law does not permit opt-in class actions. ( Click here to read full opinion )

Recipient of

American Jurisprudence Award for: Criminal Law, 1982; Trial Practice, 1983; Faculty Academic Excellence Awards: International Business Transactions, 1983; Mexican Law, 1984; Special Commendation for Outstanding Achievement in legal research and writing Legal Skills Course, 1982. Sophister Appellate Advocacy Instructor, 1983


American Bar Association; Marin County Bar Association; State Bar of California

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