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.
Missouri, Nevada, and Massachusetts have put on hold purchases and installations of the Trinity ET-Plus system guardrails due to concerns that the guardrails are actually dangerous. As reported by the New York Times, the guardrails have allegedly contributed to at least 14 accidents, resulting in five deaths and multiple injuries.
Public Justice (represented by Lieff Cabraser) and the American Association for Justice today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the reinstatement of civil RICO claims that Sanofi-Aventis profited from a scheme to market and sell its antibiotic Ketek by falsely representing the drug's safety -- and concealing its risk of severe liver damage -- from the FDA, doctors, and purchasers.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. As many as 440,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical errors, often due to a doctor's negligence. (Journal of Patient Safety).
At Lieff Cabraser, we believe a person injured through the fault of another should be entitled to go to court and hold accountable those responsible for their injuries. We recognize that a court case cannot bring back a lost loved one or restore full health to a person permanently injured. However, a court judgment or a case settlement can provide vitally important monetary compensation as well as a sense of justice.
After hip replacement surgery, most patients spend 3 to 5 days in the hospital, according to the National Institutes of Health. Full recovery from the surgery takes about 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of surgery, overall patient health, and the success of rehabilitation.
The National Law Journal and Law.com have published their inaugural list of "America's Elite Trial Lawyers," an award for plaintiffs' law firms "that are doing the most creative and substantial work on the plaintiffs side," and included Lieff Cabraser in their list. The publication "vetted more than 100 firms, poring over nominations and reporting on performance," and "recognized the work of the firms as a whole, understanding that successful trial work is usually the result of a team effort."
Lieff Cabraser takes pride in our attorneys both past and present, including many who have gone on to outstanding careers in academia. The Lieff Cabraser attorneys who now work as professors include:
The number of persons killed by preventable medical errors each year in the U.S. is shockingly high. Fifteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report on patient safety called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The report estimated that 98,000 patients died each year as a result of medical errors.
On October 2, 2014, Lieff Cabraser attorney Marc Pilotin will be one of the speakers at the American Bar Association (ABA) webinar on the essentials of wage and hour law. Sponsored by the Center for Professional Development, the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, and the ABA Young Lawyers Division, a distinguished panel will review key components of claims under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).