Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark P. Chalos has been selected by The Nashville Business Journal in this year's Best of the Bar award list. Attorneys recognized for their outstanding work in the legal profession were nominated and rated by their peers within categories based on the size of their law firms. Award winners will be profiled in an issue of the publication on June 26, 2015.
On April 28, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca F. Doherty, the judge overseeing the Actos injury cases in federal court nationwide, issued an order recognizing that Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos, has agreed to settle all bladder cancer claims brought against the company by Actos users who satisfy the following three conditions:
Lieff Cabraser has taken an active role in support of marriage equality in California and nationwide. We believe in the Constitution's promise of liberty and equality for all. Earlier this year, we joined 378 businesses to ask the United States Supreme Court to strike down state law bans on same-sex marriage in connection with the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which is being argued before the Court today.
Zofran has become a widely popular morning sickness treatment. Physician expectations were that the anti-nausea drug would benefit the patient, but GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Zofran, allegedly provided little information on the drug's effect on unborn children. In numerous lawsuits, parents charge that GlaxoSmithKline failed to warn about an association between Zofran and certain very specific birth defects such as cleft palate and heart defects.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Bruce W. Leppla will be speaking at the Investment Company Institute's 2015 Legal Forum "ICI at 75: Facing the Future" on May 7, 2015, in Washington D.C. Leppla will be discussing the topic of investment funds as litigation plaintiffs at this year's legal forum. The Legal Forum invites selected lawyers to give presentations to the investment management industry at the 2015 General Membership Meeting (GMM), the Legal Forum and various other conferences and workshops. Leppla is speaking this year at both the GMM meeting and the Legal Forum. He is the only plaintiffs' lawyer to be invited, and is a frequent speaker at other ICI, International Foundation and NCPERS events.
Roger Heller has been selected by Law360 as a 2015 "Rising Star" in the field of consumer protection. The publication cited Heller's "pivotal role" in securing a wealth of favorable results for plaintiffs challenging deceptive banking and consumer product practices, including a $203 million reinstated class action penalty against Wells Fargo Bank NA, earning him a place among Law360's top three consumer protection attorneys under 40.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark P. Chalos will be speaking at the 2015 American Bar Association Section Annual Conference on April 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will be discussing the topic "When Good Lawyers Go Bad: The Consequences of Lawyer Misconduct and Rambo Tactics During Depositions and at Trial."
Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi J. Hazam will be discussing the Benicar prescription drug litigation at the 15th Anniversary of the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar on April 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attorneys from across the nation attend the annual conference to learn from leaders of the plaintiffs' bar of the latest developments in lawsuits involving defective and dangerous prescription drugs, medical devices, and other products that collectively have injured tens of thousands of Americans.
Lieff Cabraser attorneys Wendy R. Fleishman and Lexi J. Hazam have been chosen by the American Association for Justice for inclusion in their 2015 Leadership Academy. An initiative of AAJ's Diversity Committee, the Leadership Academy selects 12 plaintiff trial lawyers from different backgrounds and practice areas to develop their leadership roles within AAJ through workshops, training sessions, and conventions.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi Hazam will serve as a panelist at the San Francisco Mass Torts Conference hosted by MCM Services Group. The conference will take place in San Francisco, CA on April 20, 2015. Panelists will provide an introduction and insight to law firms that do not already have a mass torts practice area. Each panelist will go over their experience with mass torts, explain the key litigation stages of a mass tort, and the risks and awards of having a mass tort practice area.