The Consumer Attorneys of California announced the finalists for the organization’s top annual honor, the Consumer Attorney of the Year. The finalists include several Lieff Cabraser attorneys, along with co-counsel, for their successes in multiple consumer cases.
Consumer Attorney of the Year is awarded to a CAOC member or members who significantly advanced the rights or safety of California consumers by achieving a noteworthy result in a case. Elizabeth Cabraser, Michael Sobol, and Roger Heller were listed as finalists for their work on the Chase Bank “Check Loan” litigation, and Richard Heimann, Eric Fastiff, Brendan Glackin, and Marc Pilotin were listed as finalists for their work on the TFT-LCD antitrust case.
As noted by the CAOC:
- In the In re Chase Bank USA N.A. “Check Loan” Contract Litigation, Chase fought every aspect of the case, resisting any meaningful resolution until it exhausted its challenges to nationwide class certification and the parties were on the verge of trial. In a textbook example of how a well-litigated class action and the civil justice system can hold powerful corporations accountable, plaintiffs secured a settlement that provided checks directly to more than a million class members. This case shows how plaintiffs’ attorneys [including Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth Cabraser, Michael Sobol, and Roger Heller] can stop banks from punishing responsible borrowers.
- In the In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, plaintiff attorneys [including Lieff Cabraser’s Richard Heimann, Eric Fastiff, and Brendan Glackin] represented direct purchasers of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Displays (“TFT-LCDs”) who charged that the world’s leading electronics manufacturers conspired to raise and fix prices of TFT-LCDs for over a decade. The litigation spanned multiple countries and lasted more than six years as the lawyers reviewed more than 40 million pages of documents, written in four languages, and took more than 100 depositions. All the defendants settled before trial except Toshiba, which unlike the other defendants had not been accused of criminal wrongdoing by the U.S. Department of Justice. Plaintiffs’ counsel investigated and uncovered the evidence necessary to prove Toshiba’s participation in the conspiracy. After a six-week trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict against Toshiba.
The winners will be revealed at CAOC’s Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Nov. 16, to be held in conjunction with the 52nd annual CAOC Convention at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The CAOC is the leading California organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the constitutional right to trial by jury for all consumers and championing the cause of those seeking justice through our civil justice system.