During these challenging times, Severson & Werson remains open and in full operation, consistent with the firm’s previously established contingency planning. While many of our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, as a firm, we continue in full operation. We are here to help, as always.

News, Publications & Events

The Panel examined lower court decisions in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court rulings affecting class action cases: Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez (Rule 68 offers and mootness); Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo (use of representative or statistical evidence in class cases); Microsoft v. Baker (considering appellate jurisdiction to review orders denying class certification) Read More

The Consumer Financial Services Committee and Financial Institutions Committees of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar will join forces to host a workshop on one of the most pressing issues facing the financial services industry: Data Privacy in Financial Services. The workshop will bring together leading data privacy attorneys to explain what California financial services attorneys need… Read More

We regretfully announce the passing of Severson & Werson founder James B. Werson. On December 29, 2016 James Werson celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by his family and friends. He passed on thirteen short days later on January 11, 2017. We and everyone who knew Jim are celebrating and honoring Jim's life. People describe Mr. Werson as one of the… Read More

Scott J. Hyman and Austin B. Kenney review judicial reaction to, and isolation of, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Douglass, which held that a sequence of numbers visible through the glassine window on an envelope containing a collection letter violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s proscription of “unfair or unconscionable” debt collection practices. FDCPA Glassine… Read More

Scott J. Hyman and Austin B. Kenney discuss the factors affecting the judicial interpretation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s $500,000 liability cap on certified class claims, with an eye to the effect of putative class members’ potentially minuscule recovery on judicial treatment of the Federal Rules’ “superiority” requirements. FDCPA Class Action Cap Article Published Read More

Severson & Werson attorney Andrew W. Noble will serve as the next Chair of the California Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee (CFSC). The one-year term will commence at the bar association’s annual meeting beginning September 29, 2016. Part of the bar association’s Business Law Section, the CFSC is a diverse group of attorneys at banks and other financial services… Read More

In July 2016, Severson’s Construction Group Leader David Ericksen and Insurance Group Leader Mike Murphy teamed to make three presentations to the London Insurance Market focused on alternative business structures and project delivery methods for the construction industry and corresponding contract trending. For information on any of these sessions or the content, please contact David or Mike. Read More

In July 2016 Severson’s Construction Group Leader David Ericksen presented three webinars from his “In the Zone” series focused on the relationship between clients and prime consultants and the relationship between prime consultants and their design teams. The combined sessions were attended by over 500 firms spanning more than forty states. Read More

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