Lieff Cabraser Recognized in 2015 Edition of Best Law Firms

2015 Best Law Firms 2015

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.”

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National Law Journal Recognizes Elizabeth Cabraser As Litigation Trailblazer

National Law Journal Recognizes Elizabeth Cabraser As Litigation Trailblazer

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.”

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Xarelto Blood Thinner Lawsuits Consolidated in Louisiana Federal Court

Patients Allege Xarelto Linked to Serious Bleeding Risk

Wendy R. Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. over the blood thinner Xarelto have been consolidated in Louisiana federal court. The U.S. Judiciary Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that the cases have enough common complaints to warrant centralization. Xarelto has been linked to serious side effects including gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleeding, other internal bleeds, and death. [Read more…]

ADL Recognizes Kelly Dermody With Distinguished Jurisprudence Award

ADL Recognizes Kelly Dermody With Distinguished Jurisprudence Award

On December 16, 2014, the Anti-Defamation League recognized Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody with its Distinguished Jurisprudence Award at a gala luncheon in San Francisco. The award celebrated Dermody’s leadership and dedication to serving the public interest, improving access to justice, and ensuring that the rights of historically disenfranchised persons are protected. Lieff Cabraser Managing Partner and ADL New York regional board member Steven E. Fineman introduced and presented the award to Dermody.

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Law360 Recognizes Kelly Dermody as Employment Law MVP

Law360 Recognizes Kelly Dermody as Employment Law MVP

Law360, a subsidiary of LexisNexis, has named Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody as one of the top six employment lawyers in the nation and designated her an “Employment MVP” for 2014. As Law360 explains, the award honors “elite attorneys” who have had outstanding “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters.”

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Dean Harvey Speaks at ABA Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee Town Hall Meeting

Dean Harvey Speaks at ABA Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee Town Hall Meeting

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee (BTCR) presents a Town Hall Meeting on December 15, 2014. Lieff Cabraser attorney Dean M. Harvey will be featured as a panelist in a discussion about the committee’s mission, leadership, and volunteer opportunities.

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Lieff Cabraser Named “Plaintiff Powerhouse” By Benchmark Litigation

Lieff Cabraser Named Plaintiff Powerhouse By Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation, a publication of the UK-based Legal Media Group (which also produces Institutional Investor), has published its 2015 profile of U.S. law firms – “the eighth annual edition… [of] the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.” Although the publication focuses primarily on defense firms, we received the highest ranking for law firms with California offices and the second highest ranking for law firms with New York offices. The comments about our firm include “nationally known and respected,” “plaintiff powerhouse,” and “hardest working and ethical.”

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Takata Airbag Recall FAQ

Takata Airbag Recall FAQ

Numerous automakers have been recalling millions of vehicles this year, mostly manufactured prior to 2009, as a result of the defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corporation. In November 2014, federal safety regulators expanded the Takata airbag recall, requesting all automakers to conduct a national recall of affected vehicles.

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Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a “Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm” for Second Consecutive Year

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm for Second Consecutive Year

Law360, a legal news service, has selected Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein as one of the nation’s Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014 in its second annual list. Law360 observed that Lieff Cabraser’s active involvement in cases this year, including the litigation against General Motors’ faulty ignition switches, the employment and gender bias case against Goldman Sachs Group, and the $39 million class settlement against Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. for alleged gender discrimination, has led the law firm to stand out among its peers.

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Airbag Recall Update: Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect

Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect

In a shocking development, former workers at airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation reportedly tested airbags at its crash-testing facility in Michigan, which showed a dangerous flaw in the airbags. The secret tests, which have not been previously disclosed, were performed after normal work hours and on weekends and holidays during summer 2004 at Takata’s American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the former employees stated to the New York Times.

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Consecutive Lieff Cabraser Victories in Florida Tobacco Trials

Tobacco Trial

In the last two months, two separate juries in federal court in Florida have awarded plaintiffs represented by Lieff Cabraser a total of $68 million in compensatory and punitive damages against major tobacco companies. The lawsuits charged that the tobacco companies engaged in a 50-year conspiracy to mislead the public about the hazards of smoking.

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Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Settlement Summarized

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Settlement Summarized

On November 3, 2014, a settlement was announced in the litigation against Stryker Corporation for the recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants. Under the settlement, Stryker will provide a base payment of $300,000 to patients that received the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems and underwent revision surgery by November 3, 2014, to remove and replace the devices.

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Plaintiffs’ Counsel Comments on Verdict in Whirlpool Defective Front-Load Washers Trial

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel, announced that a jury in federal court in Ohio today returned a verdict in favor of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR). The class action was brought on behalf of Ohio residents who purchased certain models of front-loading Whirlpool Duet washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2008 that had a propensity to develop mold and odors. [Read more…]

Appellate Court Upholds $203 Million Judgment Against Wells Fargo

Bank Misled Customers to Generate Massive Overdraft Fees on Debit Card Purchases

Michael W. Sobol

Michael W. Sobol of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit today upheld the order of U.S. District Judge William Alsup reinstating a $203 million judgment against Wells Fargo Bank. [Read more…]