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The 10 Male Lawyer Behaviors Female Lawyers Find Most Annoying

Most annoying male lawyer behaviors

In an article on Law.com (subscription), The Careerist discusses “10 Male Behaviors Thant Annoy Female Lawyers.” The list was drawn from comments by exasperated female readers in the wake of earlier advice offered by The Careerist (“How Women Can Be Assertive and Loveable”), responding with how fed up they are with being told how to behave professionally. [Read more…]

Yaman Salahi Appointed to City of Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission

Yaman Salahi Appointed to City of Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser attorney Yaman Salahi has been appointed to the newly-formed City of Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. As a commissioner, Salahi will participate in hearings and the drafting of reports and legislation to advise the City of Oakland on “best practices to protect Oaklanders’ privacy rights in connection with the City’s purchase and use of surveillance equipment and other technology that collects or stores data.”
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Annika K. Martin to Lead Discussion on Proportionality at 2016 Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum

Annika K. Martin to Lead Discussion on Proportionality at 2016 Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum

The second annual Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum will be held on September 23, 2016 at the Minneapolis Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event’s first discussion group, “Proportionality a year after the Amendments,” will be led by Annika K. Martin of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Jacksy Bilsborrow of Weitz & Luxenberg, and Zachary Wool of Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix and will focus on revisiting the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

As reported by The Tennessean, the convicted stalker in the Erin Andrews peephole nude video case cannot escape the jury’s $28 million judgment against him through bankrupcty. Federal bankruptcy court Judge Trish Brown has ruled that Michael David Barrett, Andrews’ stalker, must pay the judgment stemming from the 2008 violation in full. [Read more…]

LG Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement Claims Period Begins

LG Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement Claims Period Begins

Owners of some LG brand front-loading washers can now submit claims as part of the settlement of several class action lawsuits brought on claims that the machines fail to adequately self-clean. Judge Faith S. Hochberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has granted preliminary approval to settlements of the suits, which alleged that certain LG brand front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2002 and 2006 fail to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry. All claims must be submitted by October 10, 2016. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin and Mark Chalos to Moderate Discussion at 2016 Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum

Annika K. Martin and Mark Chalos to Moderate Discussion at 2016 Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum

Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Annika K. Martin are excited to be a part of the moderation team for the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s July 23rd Judges Forum. The Institute’s annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges is the consumer bar’s most significant outreach to the judiciary. Held annually since 1992, it is a full–day educational program open only to judges. The Forum provides a direct, intensive substantive experience, with original research written by prominent academics, commentary by experts from both sides of the bar, and small group discussions, creating an opportunity for judges, legal scholars, and practicing attorneys to come together for an open dialogue about major issues affecting civil justice in America. [Read more…]

Texas Law Leads to Reduction of $496 Million Hip Defect Judgment Against DePuy

Texas Law Forces Huge Cut in $496 Million Hip Defect Judgment Against DePuy

As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade has reduced a $496 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics in five combined Pinnacle implant hip injury bellwether trials to keep the amount in line with the Texas punitive damages cap. Attorneys in the case indicate the new overall amount assessed against DePuy for its allegedly defective and dangerous Pinnacle hip implants will be closer to $150 million. A jury in the consolidated trial in Dallas had found the companies liable for serious health problems, including bone erosion and metal poisoning, that plaintiffs claimed were directly related to the metal-on-metal hip implants. Judge Kinkeade lowered the $360 million punitive damages award by $350 million in the face of Texas’ statutory $10 million limit on punitive damages. [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin Speaks at PLI California Trial Advocacy Program 2016 Seminar

Brendan Glackin Speaks at PLI California Trial Advocacy Program 2016 Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Brendan P. Glackin will be participating in the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) California Trial Advocacy 2016 Seminar on August 3 in San Francisco, California. Mr. Glackin will be featured on a distinguished panel of guests, presenting as part of a panel and live webcast titled “Direct Examination; Trial Objections,” which will cover witness preparation, organizing direct examinations, the utilization of documents as evidence, and how to make key trial objections. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement – Substantial Compensation to Owners and Lessees

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

Class and government settlements create funding pool of up to $10.033 billion for affected consumers plus $4.7 billion for environmental impact to hold VW accountable for emissions conduct

San Francisco, CA — A class-wide settlement filed June 28, 2016 by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. [Read more…]