Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Serious Kidney Injuries Spark National Conversation about the Dangers of Nexium and Other Heartburn Medications

Serious Kidney Injuries Spark National Conversation about the Dangers of Nexium and Other Heartburn Medications

For the last month, Lieff Cabraser has posted information about kidney injuries stemming from the use of proton pump inhibitors (for example, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium). The posts have generated a national conversation on Facebook. The initial post received over 450 comments and was shared over 3,200 times. The most recent post has also generated numerous calls and feedback form submissions to Lieff Cabraser from people across the country. Commenters and callers describe serious kidney injuries they have developed since beginning the use of proton pump inhibitors. [Read more…]

Settlement Receives Final Approval in Whirlpool Front-Load Washer Mold Cases

Whirlpool Washer Mold Settlement Receives Final Approval

On September 23, 2016, Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted final approval to the settlement of the Whirlpool front-load washer mold cases, bringing an end to nine-plus years of hard-fought litigation. With a claims period that closes in a few short weeks on October 11, 2016, the settlement provides class members who experienced mold or odor the choice of $50 cash, a 20% discount off purchase of a new washer (worth $148.50) or, if they paid out of pocket or to replace their washer due to mold /odor, dollar for dollar cash reimbursement up to $500. [Read more…]

QHC Investors Alert: Lieff Cabraser Announces Securities Class Action Against Quorum Health Corporation

QHC Quorum Health Corp Investors Alert

Lieff Cabraser announces that class action litigation has been brought on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Quorum Health Corporation (“Quorum” or the “Company”) (NYSE: QHC) between April 29, 2016 and August 10, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”), and/or pursuant or traceable to Quorum’s false and misleading Registration Statement issued in connection with the Company’s spinoff from Community Health Systems (“CHS”) effective on or about April 29, 2016. [Read more…]

Claims Period Opens for Recipients of Unconsented Wells Fargo Loan-Related Texts and Calls

Bank Misconduct

If you received a call or non-emergency text from Wells Fargo on your cellular telephone, in connection with either a residential mortgage loan and/or a home equity loan, you could receive a payment from a class action settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The following statement is being issued by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein regarding Markos v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. A lawsuit is currently pending claiming that Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., (“Defendant” or “Wells Fargo”), violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by calling, or sending non-emergency texts to, cellphones without prior express consent. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Law Clerk Phil Hernandez Turns Law School Paper Into New State Law

Lieff Cabraser Law Clerk Phil Hernandez Turns Law School Paper Into New State Law

What began as a student paper by Lieff Cabraser law clerk Phil Hernandez (Berkeley Law School Class of 2016) will be California state law as of January 1st, 2017. Signed last week by Governor Brown, the new law will keep tenant records private unless landlords win an eviction suit. Previously, due to a loophole in California law, tenants had to prevail in any eviction suit within 60 days, or their records were released regardless of the suit’s eventual outcome. [Read more…]

$68 Million Settlement in LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Fraud Case

$68 Million Settlement in LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Fraud Case

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in a nationwide class action lawsuit charging that LifeLock, Inc. defrauded them with regard to identity theft protection services. A California federal judge has granted final approval to a $68 million settlement of this lawsuit, based on consumer complaints centering on accusations that LifeLock delivered false statements about its services and failed to alert customers on a timely basis of potential identity theft. An estimated 3 million consumer class members will each receive $20 as part of the settlement. [Read more…]

State Farm Racketeering Case Now Set As Class Action Suit

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court

Lawsuit alleges State Farm campaigned illegally to elect a judge to vote against previous $1.05 billion judgment against the company

As reported by Law360 (subscription) and other news outlets, U.S. District Court Judge David Herndon has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of 4.7 million State Farm policyholders that alleges State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. carried out a racketeering enterprise aimed at defrauding the policyholders of a $1.05 billion judgment by getting a new judge elected to the Illinois Supreme court who would rule in State Farm’s favor to scuttle the judgment, previously approved by the Illinois appellate court. [Read more…]

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

A federal judge has criticized Microsoft’s lawyers in the gender bias class action lawsuit against the tech giant for not following court orders and thus prolonging the case due to their inaction. The lawsuit arises out of claims by three current and former Microsoft employees who accused the technology company of discriminating against women in technical roles with respect to Microsoft’s pay and promotion practices. [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson Comments on the Fight or Settle Question Facing Offending Companies in TCPA Consumer Disputes

Daniel Hutchinson Comments on TCPA Consumer Disputes

Numerous companies have been hit with lawsuits regarding their alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). In these cases, the complaints involve robocalls, unsolicited text messages, and unwanted phone calls plaguing consumers. The big question for defendants facing these kinds of lawsuits is whether to push back on the accusations of offensive, intrusive spam marketing via litigation or to just quickly settle matters. [Read more…]