The National Law Journal and Law.com have published their inaugural list of "America's Elite Trial Lawyers," an award for plaintiffs' law firms "that are doing the most creative and substantial work on the plaintiffs side," and included Lieff Cabraser in their list. The publication "vetted more than 100 firms, poring over nominations and reporting on performance," and "recognized the work of the firms as a whole, understanding that successful trial work is usually the result of a team effort."
Lieff Cabraser takes pride in our attorneys both past and present, including many who have gone on to outstanding careers in academia. The Lieff Cabraser attorneys who now work as professors include:
The number of persons killed by preventable medical errors each year in the U.S. is shockingly high. Fifteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report on patient safety called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The report estimated that 98,000 patients died each year as a result of medical errors.
On October 2, 2014, Lieff Cabraser attorney Marc Pilotin will be one of the speakers at the American Bar Association (ABA) webinar on the essentials of wage and hour law. Sponsored by the Center for Professional Development, the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, and the ABA Young Lawyers Division, a distinguished panel will review key components of claims under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
In an in-depth profile, Law360 traces Elizabeth Cabraser's journey from a law student in the mid-1970's to a "Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar" and name partner at one of the "leading plaintiffs" law firms in the nation today. Cabraser's career began with a modest handwritten index card offering her legal research skills on a law library bulletin board spotted by Robert Lieff.
Thousands of injured women nationwide have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts against manufacturers of surgical pelvic mesh implants, claiming that the design of the product was defective and led to serious side effects and permanent injuries. These serious health complications include vaginal mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, contraction or shrinking of the mesh, infection, bleeding, neuro-muscular problems, onset or resurgence of urinary problems, and severe pelvic discomfort and pain.
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 November 6, 2014. 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.
Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in multiple states who have filed class action lawsuits against Whirlpool over the presence of mold in their washing machines. On September 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko denied Whirlpool's effort to dismiss the class action on a summary judgment motion. While the Court granted summary judgment on two of the claims, most significantly it denied Whirlpool's motion to seek to avoid design defect and breach of implied warranty claims, paving the way for the trial to commence in early October 2014.
A federal court jury in Florida has awarded Judith Berger $27,010,000.14 in damages in a lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc. Mrs. Berger began smoking in 1958 when she was 14 years old and was smoking a pack a day by age 16. Evidence was shown at trial that 90 percent of daily cigarette smokers start smoking as teenagers and the tobacco industry targets youth in their advertisements for this very reason. The verdict included 20,760,000 dollars and 14 cents in punitive damages.
In the first case to proceed to trial involving the Pinnacle hip replacement manufactured by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, evidence was introduced to show that J&J was aware as early as 2001 that the device could generate metal debris which enter the patient's bloodstream.