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…]

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…]

VW Admits Emissions Cheating Was Not One-Time Error

VW Emissions Cheating Not One-Time Error

The chairman of Volkswagen’s supervisory board has admitted that Volkswagen employees began cheating on emissions tests more than a decade ago, after they determined they could not meet clean air standards in the U.S. legally. Board Chairman Hans-Dieter Pötsch admitted that the wrongdoing began in 2005 when the company decided to make diesel cars the focus of its United States marketing. Volkswagen saw diesel, which it promoted as delivering superior fuel economy and acceleration, as a way to set itself apart from competitors. The fake emissions testing results allowed the vehicles to pass U.S. clean air regulations. [Read more…]

Michael Miarmi to Discuss Fraud-on-the-Market Theory

Michael Miarmi to Discuss Fraud-on-the-Market Theory

Lieff Cabraser attorney Michael Miarmi will participate in a live CLE webcast addressing landmark securities fraud decisions on December 17, 2015. “Fraud-on-the-Market Theory: Presumption and Other Significant Issues and Updates in 2016 and Beyond Live Webcast” will be held on Thursday, December 17 from noon to 12 p.m. (Eastern). The discussion will center around the June 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. in which the foundation of securities class actions was called into question. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Emissions Fraud Litigation Will Proceed in Federal Court in California

VW Emissions Fraud Litigation

On Tuesday, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated more than 500 lawsuits accusing Volkswagen of cheating on vehicle emissions standards. The JPML stated that federal court in San Francisco would serve as the best venue, given that nearly one-fifth of the emissions fraud cases against Volkswagen had been filed in California. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Founder Robert L. Lieff Inducted into National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame

Robert Lieff Inducted Into Elite Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame

We are proud to announce that Robert L. Lieff, founder and Of Counsel to Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has been selected for induction into The National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame at a ceremony tonight at the Plaza Hotel in New York. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Sued Nationwide Over Diesel Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen Sued Nationwide Over Diesel Emissions Scandal

In what could become one of the largest automotive lawsuits in recent years, consumers have filed more than 480 federal cases against German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) over its much-covered diesel vehicle emissions scandal. The consumer fraud litigation involves half a million American automobiles that have been sold since the year 2008. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Participates in the Innovation in eDiscovery Conference

Annika Martin Yale Club eDiscovery Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has been selected to serve as a panelist at the second annual Innovation in eDiscovery Conference, sponsored by Sandpiper Partners, on December 9, 2015 in New York City at The Yale Club. Panel topics will include new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), the utilization of “smart devices,” and advanced methods of communication, data protection, social media, and privacy. Ms. Martin will be participating on the panels titled “How Will New Rule 26(b)(1) on Proportionality Impact Search and the Use of Search Technology?” and “New Forms of Communication and Data Protection.” [Read more…]

Lasting Effects of the Silicon Valley No-Poach Case Spread

High-Tech No Poach Case

According to The Recorder, “The groundbreaking [High-Tech Antitrust] class action, one of the first to successfully apply antitrust law to employment activity, has ushered in a wave of similar suits targeting California animation studios, North Carolina medical schools, a mixed martial arts promoter and additional tech companies.” [Read more…]

$11 Million Jury Verdict Against Wright Medical Over Defective Metal Hip Implant

Wright Hip Implant Jury Verdict

In the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over alleged defective hip implants, plaintiffs won an $11 million jury verdict against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. The verdict included $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. [Read more…]

Lawdragon 500 Recognizes Kelly Dermody and Elizabeth Cabraser

Kelly Dermody Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized by Lawdragon

Legal magazine Lawdragon has published its annual listing of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,” including Lieff Cabraser’s Kelly Dermody and Elizabeth J. Cabraser. Ms. Cabraser is also highlighted in “The Legends,” a special section “recognizing the 50 lawyers who have made the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America each year it has been published.”