Benchmark Litigation, a publication of the UK-based Legal Media Group (which also produces Institutional Investor), has published its 2015 profile of U.S. law firms - "the eighth annual edition... [of] the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys." Although the publication focuses primarily on defense firms, we received the highest ranking for law firms with California offices and the second highest ranking for law firms with New York offices. The comments about our firm include "nationally known and respected," "plaintiff powerhouse," and "hardest working and ethical."
Numerous automakers have been recalling millions of vehicles this year, mostly manufactured prior to 2009, as a result of the defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corporation. In November 2014, federal safety regulators expanded the Takata airbag recall, requesting all automakers to conduct a national recall of affected vehicles.
Law360, a legal news service, has selected Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein as one of the nation's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014 in its second annual list. Law360 observed that Lieff Cabraser's active involvement in cases this year, including the litigation against General Motors' faulty ignition switches, the employment and gender bias case against Goldman Sachs Group, and the $39 million class settlement against Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. for alleged gender discrimination, has led the law firm to stand out among its peers.
In a shocking development, former workers at airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation reportedly tested airbags at its crash-testing facility in Michigan, which showed a dangerous flaw in the airbags. The secret tests, which have not been previously disclosed, were performed after normal work hours and on weekends and holidays during summer 2004 at Takata's American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the former employees stated to the New York Times.
For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has recognized Lieff Cabraser as a "Best Law Firm." For 2015, our firm has been selected as the publications' national "Law Firm of the Year" in the category of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs.
In the last two months, two separate juries in federal court in Florida have awarded plaintiffs represented by Lieff Cabraser a total of $68 million in compensatory and punitive damages against major tobacco companies. The lawsuits charged that the tobacco companies engaged in a 50-year conspiracy to mislead the public about the hazards of smoking.
On November 6, 2014, Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody will be speaking at the 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law's Annual Conference will take place in Los Angeles, CA from November 5-8.
On November 3, 2014, a settlement was announced in the litigation against Stryker Corporation for the recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants. Under the settlement, Stryker will provide a base payment of $300,000 to patients that received the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems and underwent revision surgery by November 3, 2014, to remove and replace the devices.
Automakers are recalling millions of vehicles due to allegedly defective air bags which shoot out metal shards when they activate, severely injuring drivers and passengers. The alleged faulty air bags are manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., whose stock shares The New York Times reports have dropped 23 percent in the Tokyo exchange as a result of this widespread air bag issue. Ongoing investigations by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently taking place. To date, USA Today reports that at least 7.78 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. for the defective air bags.