Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Medical Errors Estimated to be Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

Medical Errors Estimated to be Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

There are 251,454 deaths as a result of medical malpractice every year – this equates to nearly 700 deaths a day and makes up 9.5% of annual deaths in the U.S. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, it is estimated that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the nation, following heart disease and cancer. Preventable medical errors in hospitals and other health care facilities claim the lives of Americans more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. [Read more…]

FDA Warning: Antipsychotic Drug Abilify Linked to Severe Compulsive Behavior and Addiction

FDA Warning: Antipsychotic Drug Abilify Linked to Severe Compulsive Behavior and Addiction

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a formal warning that the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and also used in generic versions of the drug) has been linked to compulsive urges, which can lead to uncontrollable gambling, among other addictions. These rare but serious impulse-control problems reportedly stop when the medicine is discontinued or markedly reduced in dosage. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Selected for 2016 Best of the Bar by Nashville Business Journal

Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos Selected for 2016 Best of the Bar by Nashville Business Journal

The Nashville Business Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos for its 2016 “Best of the Bar” award list. The NBJ list (subscription) includes a select group of Nashville attorneys who are each noteworthy in their respective fields. Attorneys are nominated and ranked by their peers with categories based on firm size (small, medium, large, and corporate counsel). [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Joins Advanced eDiscovery Institute’s Planning Committee

Annika K. Martin Joins Advanced eDiscovery Institute’s Planning Committee

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has joined Georgetown Law’s Advanced eDiscovery Institute’s Planning Committee for 2016. The AEDI Planning Committee helps bring together leading eDiscovery practitioners and academics from across the nation at the annual conference. The program exposes attendees to the latest case law, eDiscovery trends, and judicial and practitioner perspectives on the future of the legal industry in this digital age. [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson in The Recorder on Uber’s Unintended Legal Pathbreaking

Daniel Hutchinson in The Recorder on Uber's Unintended Legal Pathbreaking

Uber’s settlement of several impending labor class action lawsuits may open the door to other new economy companies facing similar suits, according to The Recorder (subscription). Industry-wide, the “are-they-independent-contractors-or-are-they-employees” question, with all its attendant legal ramifications, remains open. And as the Recorder points out, open questions — particularly open questions that lead to multi-million dollar lawsuits — lead to lawsuits. [Read more…]

Xarelto Litigation Scheduling Order Sets Injury Cases in Motion

Xarelto Litigation Scheduling Order Sets Injury Cases in Motion

On April 21, 2016, Judge Eldon E. Fallon, the federal judge supervising and overseeing the centralized litigation against Janssen, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer over Xarelto, issued an order scheduling the depositions of plaintiffs and defense witnesses. The court is overseeing the discovery necessary to develop several “bellwether” trials in order to evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the cases brought against the pharmaceutical giants and to determine the values of certain harms and injuries. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Comments on Erin Andrews Voyeur Lawsuit Settlement

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Lawsuit Settlement

As reported by The Tennessean  (subscription), and The Daily Mail (UK) sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews has settled her viewport filming lawsuit against a Nashville, Tennessee hotel owner and operator. The host of FOX College Football for Fox Sports, nude video footage of Ms. Andrews was circulated on the internet after the hotel allowed a stalker sufficient access to secretly record her naked through her room’s peephole. [Read more…]