We offer our congratulations to the students from Berkeley Law for winning a national trial advocacy competition this past weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law, the competition introduces law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant ruling last week for litigants in multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict proceedings (commonly referred to as "MDLs") consist of multiple civil cases in federal court involving similar factual issues that are coordinated or consolidated for discovery proceedings and pretrial motions before one federal judge. MDLs are intended to achieve efficiency and avoid conflicting rulings that might occur if similar cases were litigated in different courts. Recent examples of MDLs in which Lieff Cabraser plays a leading role include the GM ignition-switch litigation and the Toyota sudden-acceleration lawsuits.
Legal news service Law360 has announced the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year award, "awarded to firms that came through for their clients in 2014, sealing the big deals and winning the high-stakes suits." Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein was selected as Law360's Product Liability Group of the Year.
New medical research has raised further concerns over the use of power morcellators to remove uterine fibroids.
After a high-profile fire in a San Diego-area Jeep Cherokee SUV, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it was opening an investigation into fire risks in 50,000 2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles.
Lieff Cabraser attorneys and staff participated today in the Bay Area Lawyer Die-In For Racial Justice on the front steps of the California Supreme Court building in San Francisco. The participants called for an end to the use of excessive force, police brutality, and racial profiling in communities of color.
As the New Year begins, we wish to share with you a brief review of some of our highlights during the past year.
U.S. News & Best Lawyers published their 2015 Best Law Firms book this month. Lieff Cabraser is proud to be selected again as the "Law Firm of the Year" in the category of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs. This represents the fifth consecutive year that U.S. News & Best Lawyers have recognized Lieff Cabraser as a national "Law Firm of the Year."
The National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser attorney Elizabeth J. Cabraser to its inaugural list of Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers. Fifty of the nation's top litigators were chosen based on their "remarkable successes" as well as "deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission."