CFPB Proposal to Regulate Arbitration Agreements

CFPB Proposal to Regulate Arbitration Agreements Results in Pushback from Consumer Finance Industry

On October 7, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its proposal to regulate the aggressive use of arbitration agreements in consumer financial services contracts and “give consumers their day in court.” These consumer financial services include: bank accounts, private student loans, credit cards, auto loans, money transfer services, small dollar or payday loans, and installment loans. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser on the 2016 GM Ignition Switch Cases

Elizabeth Cabraser on the 2016 GM Ignition Switch Cases

In an article examining the landscape of 2016 automotive product liability defect cases,Law360 spoke with Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth Cabraser about the General Motors deadly ignition switch defect cases. The defect, which can cause vehicles to lose power and thus prevent airbags from deploying, has allegedly caused hundreds of deaths and injuries and has affected millions of GM autos. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin on the Volkswagen Audi Porsche Diesel Emissions Fraud Lawsuits

Jonathan Selbin Volkswagen Emissions Lawsuit and Consumer Rights

Law360 reviewed the landscape of 2016 consumer protection litigation, focusing in part on the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud scandal and the more than 500 lawsuits filed on behalf of affected Volkswagen Porsche and Audi owners nationwide harmed by the company’s installation of scamming software designed to bypass federal emissions standards in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Chosen for Law360 Employment and Mass Tort Practice Group of the Year Awards

Lieff Cabraser Chosen for Law360 Employment and Mass Tort Practice Group of the Year Awards

Legal news service Law360 has announced the winners of its Practice Group of the Year awards, and Lieff Cabraser has been recognized in the categories of Product Liability (Personal Injury/Mass Tort) and Employment. This marks the second year that our firm has been selected to be among the prestigious Practice Groups of the Year. [Read more…]

Xarelto Bleed Injury Timeline Updates and Patient Information

Xarelto bleeding injury lawsuits timeline

Drug’s Release in 2011 Leads to Thousands of Serious Injuries by 2014, Consolidated Lawsuits Through 2015

Xarelto was released in July 2011 to prevent blood clots in patients undergoing knee and hip surgeries, and its use was then expanded to include patients with irregular heartbeats or facing likely lung and leg blood clots. It was also used to prevent clots in some people with atrial fibrillation. The drug is taken as a pill with the chemical name rivaroxaban. The new Xarelto patient information injury and lawsuit timeline shown below tracks Xarelto from its release to thousands of patient injury reports less than two years later, to thousands of Xarelto death and uncontrolled bleeding injury lawsuits slated for bellwether treatment in 2016 and 2017. [Read more…]

Olympus Kept U.S. Hospitals in the Dark About Deadly Infections

Deadly superbug CRE bacteria

The Los Angeles Times has published a scathing report on failures by medical device company Olympus to respond to warnings from its own researchers about contamination dangers in certain medical examination scopes, failures that led to the deaths of 21 people and severe injury to dozens more. The US FDA identified at least 7 separate infection outbreaks relating to the Olympus scopes over the last three years in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Los Angeles. [Read more…]

IVC Filter Product Liability Lawsuit Announced

ivc filter lawsuit

Lawsuit charges negligence and other wrongs by medical device manufacturers C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular arising from the implantation of an allegedly defective Bard-branded blood filter marketed as the Bard G2 IVC Filter.

December 14, 2015, New York, NY — Wendy R. Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Gary Leigh Piazza has filed a personal injury product liability lawsuit against C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. (“Bard”) for injuries she allegedly sustained as a result of surgical implantation of the Bard G2 IVC Filter. [Read more…]