Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Takata Airbag Recall Expands to Include Mercedes-Benz as Well as an Additional Million-Plus Toyota Vehicles

Takata Airbag Recall Expands to Include Mercedes as Well as an Additional Million-Plus Toyota Vehicles

The largest recall in U.S. auto safety history has officially expanded to include numerous cars, SUVs, and vans from Mercedes-Benz as part of the massive action concerning explosive, shrapnel-firing Takata airbags. Mercedes has recalled over 830,000 vehicles in the United States. Affected models include 2005–2014 Mercedes C-class, E-class, GL-class, M-class, and SLK; the 2006–2012 R-class; and the 2011–2014 SLS AMG. [Read more…]

Todd Walburg Talks to the SF Chronicle About Toyota, Takata Airbag Issues

Todd Walburg Talks to the SF Chronicle About Toyota, Takata Airbag Issues

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle (subscription), Toyota Motor Corp. was willing to repair the defective airbag in Chad VanTassell’s 2005 Toyota Tacoma “for free” — unless you factor in the part where they also insisted he sign a waiver releasing Toyota from any related claim that might arise after the incident. [Read more…]

7th Circuit Appeals Court Holds Binding Arbitration Requirement for Employees to be Unlawful

7th Circuit Appeals Court Holds Binding Arbitration Requirement for Employees to be Unlawful

In a landmark — but entirely common-sense! — ruling in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, No. 15-2997 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the lower court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a wage and hour class and collective action. The Court held that requiring employees to agree to arbitrate any disputes they may have with their employer on an individual basis, without the strength, benefits, and support of a collective or class action, as a condition of continued employment, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and was illegal. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Provides Tips For Aspiring Antitrust Lawyers

Dean Harvey Provides Tips For Aspiring Antitrust Lawyers

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean Harvey provided a wealth of useful content to Law360‘s recent article, “5 Career Tips For Aspiring Antitrust Lawyers.” The piece, which seeks to instruct fledgling competition attorneys on developing their skill set, contains numerous tips and guidelines for mastering antitrust law and carving out a practice aimed at becoming “a top-tier antitrust practitioner.” [Read more…]

Spotlight on Spokeo: A Win for Consumers (Expert Analysis in Law360)

Spotlight on Spokeo

In an expert analysis article published by Law360 entitled “Spotlight on Spokeo: A Win for Consumers,” Lieff Cabraser attorneys Nicholas R. Diamand and Andrew Kaufman provide a detailed review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision with respect to Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, et al. The decision has been hailed as a win for the plaintiffs bar, reaffirming that individuals harmed by illegal conduct have the right to defend their privacy rights. [Read more…]

Public Comment Period on Proposed U.S. Agency Rules to Stop Corporate “Contract Gotchas” Begins

Public Comment Period on Proposed U.S. Agency Rules to Stop Corporate ‘Contract Gotchas’ Begins Today

In a move intended to level the playing field between the American public and corporations with regard to contract disputes on financial products, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed new rules this month that would limit corporations’ ability to force citizens away from the court system and into mandatory arbitration. Proposed new rules by U.S. agencies like the CFPB trigger a statutory 90-day public comment period, and for these new rules that period began on May 24, 2016. [Read more…]