President Obama is requesting additional funding to bolster the government's for-profit college investigative unit following increasing reports alleging that for-profit colleges are defrauding American students, U.S. taxpayers, and the federal government. As reported The Chronicle of Higher Education this week, the $13.6 million request, part of the annual budget proposal to be submitted to Congress next week, will boost the U.S. Department of Education's Student Aid Enforcement Unit, which investigates alleged for-profit education schemes.
Two Nashville fires in the past three months have been caused by the popular two-wheeled, electronic riding toys known as "hoverboards," according to the Nashville Scene today.
As reported by Scientific American, recent studies reveal that concussions are now known to be much more serious injuries than once thought. New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that even mild "ordinary" concussions may well be more detrimental than anyone anticipated; the study found that for individuals who have experienced even a single concussion, the long-term risk of adult suicide increases threefold.
Tech blogger Troy Hunt has published a scathing piece on Hong Kong-based electronic toy maker VTech for what he calls "allowing itself to be hacked" in November 2015, resulting in the exposure of the personal information of more than 2.8 million children. Though bad now, the damage may well grow far worse as the hackers store this data against the children coming of age over the next few years, at which point their adult status will skyrocket the potential harm as accounts and other financial operations may be made in their names and with their full identity records.
The New York Times reports that Ken Stabler, iconic football star quarterback of the 1970s, suffered greatly from the deprivations of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) before his death last summer at 69, including rapid declines in his thinking and other progressive brain damage. Earlier, Stabler had added his name to the class-action lawsuit brought by former players against the NFL seeking damages from decades of concussions.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced that the wave of lawsuits against fantasy sports companies FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. will be coordinated in federal court in Massachusetts. The JPML acknowledged that while the myriad of cases don't all share the same underlying theory of liability, combining them in Massachusetts will promote efficiency and the overall management of the cases.
Elizabeth Cabraser has been named to the three-member Plaintiffs Executive Committee for the more than 100 class actions alleging that four major airlines conspired to fix the prices of domestic fares. The Committee will work with lead counsel Michael Hausfeld and Steve Williams to lead the litigation. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly asked both sides to submit a proposed filing schedule for the cases by February 25th, and ordered the new plaintiffs leadership team to create a "proposal for addressing the issue of managing plaintiffs' fees and expenses in this litigation," including how she could review costs.
Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Lin Y. Chan will be speaking at the 14th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference on February 18-19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The conference will be divided into nine sessions and feature some of the nation's leading plaintiff-side public interest class action practitioners and academics.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that class action litigation has been brought on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Nobilis Health Corporation ("Nobilis" or the "Company") (NYSE: HLTH) between April 2, 2015 and January 6, 2016, inclusive (the "Class Period").
Security issues and flaws relating to Internet-connected children's toys are on the rise. Last year, more than 6 million children's names, ages, and genders were disclosed when the leading manufacturer and distributor of digital learning toys, VTech, suffered a simple but devastating hack to its databases. A similar attack on allegedly insecure data stores affected Hello Kitty's San Rio Town in late 2015 as well.