Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Wrongful Death and Product Liability Lawsuit Against Olympus and Custom Ultrasonics for Fatal Superbug Infection of Willie Warner, Jr. from Contaminated Medical Scope

Wrongful Death Superbug Infection Lawsuit Filed Against Olympus

Lawsuit charges negligence by medical device manufacturers Olympus America, Olympus Medical Systems Corp., and Custom Ultrasonics led to Mr. Warner contracting a fatal infection from a routine endoscope procedure commonly undergone by tens of thousands of patients every year

November 20, 2015, San Francisco, CA — Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Carla Warner, the widow of Willie Warner, Jr., as administrator of his estate, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Olympus America, Olympus Medical Systems Corp., and Custom Ultrasonics. [Read more…]

Unwanted Robocalls Hidden in Federal Budget Bill

Unwanted Robocalls to Cellphones

The upcoming congressional budget bill includes a provision to amend the Federal Communications Act to allow the government to collect federal debts — such as federal student loans, mortgages, and taxes — through means that include the use of automated calls to consumers’ cellphones. [Read more…]

Benchmark Litigation 2016 Once Again Names Lieff Cabraser a “Plaintiff Powerhouse”

Benchmark Litigation Names Lieff Cabraser in 2016 Rankings

Benchmark Litigation, a publication of the UK-based Legal Media Group, has published its 2016 profile of U.S. law firms. Although the publication focuses primarily on defense firms, plaintiffs firm Lieff Cabraser received the highest ranking for law firms with California offices and the second highest ranking for law firms with New York offices. [Read more…]

Business Insider Zeroes in on Age Discrimination in Tech

Kelly Dermody Comments on Ageism in Tech

Lieff Cabraser Employment Practice Group Chair and San Francisco Office Managing Partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke with Business Insider reporter Julie Bolt on aspects of labor law and the tech world. This was part of a Business Insider report on age discrimination in the tech world, where the publication noted that there’s a “deadline of sorts” that hits workers around age 50. [Read more…]

Sexism in Science – A Growing Issue That Results in a Twitterstorm

Sexism in Science - Twitterstorm Issue

Scientists studying social media are still trying to understand the factors that can transform a quiet online debate into a raging Twitterstorm — where discussion explodes in size and virulence unpredictably and often near-instantaneously. Such events often have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences; sometimes the sound and fury prompt action. But for women who speak out about sexism, there is often a vicious backlash that can range from insults to threats of violence. [Read more…]

California Parents File Zofran Lawsuit Against GlaxoSmithKline

California Parents File Zofran Lawsuit Against GlaxoSmithKline

Sarah R. London and Paulina do Amaral of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that Paul Ramirez and Dulce A. Morga, residents of Los Angeles County, California, have filed a personal injury lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (“GSK”) for injuries leading to the death of their infant daughter, Baby Sarah Ramirez Morga, allegedly as a result of Ms. Morga being prescribed GSK’s drug ondansetron (brand name Zofran) while pregnant.

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Roger Heller Awarded Inaugural NCLC Rising Star Award

Roger Heller Awarded Inaugural NCLC Rising Star Award

The National Consumer Law Center (“NCLC”) has awarded Lieff Cabraser partner Roger Heller the prestigious Partners Council 2015 Rising Star Award. Heller works on behalf of consumers harmed by the deceptive business practices of such major U.S. corporations as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Apple, and AT&T. [Read more…]

New York Times Editorial: Arbitrating Disputes, Denying Justice

Arbitrating Disputes, Denying Justice

“In recent years, America’s corporations have created a private system for handling disputes that benefits them greatly while denying consumers their day in court.” So states the Editorial Board of The New York Times in a follow-up to their groundbreaking three-part expose on forced arbitration clauses shunting consumer disputes into often-unbalanced negotiation outside any court of law. [Read more…]

Florida Parents File Suit to Hold GlaxoSmithKline Accountable for Injuries Suffered By Their Son and Warn Pregnant Mothers of the Link Between Zofran and Birth Defects

Zofran birth defect lawsuits

Sarah R. London and Paulina do Amaral of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that Robin and Stanley Zgurski, residents of Florida, have filed a personal injury lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (“GSK”) for the injuries suffered by their son allegedly as a result of Ms. Zgurski being prescribed GSK’s drug ondansetron (brand name Zofran) while pregnant. [Read more…]

Duodenoscope Superbug Infection Safety Update

FDA Orders Surveillance of Endoscope Infection Cleaning

FDA orders duodenoscope manufacturers to conduct postmarket surveillance studies in health care facilities

In the wake of widespread reports of dangerous and sometimes deadly infections occuring from repeated use of the devices, on October 5, 2015, the FDA ordered the three medical duodenoscope manufacturers in the U.S. to begin conducting surveillance studies to increase understanding of precisely how the devices are cleaned (reprocessed) in the real world. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to Speak at ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Plenary Diversity Luncheon

Kelly Dermody ABA Plenary Diversity Luncheon

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be speaking at the Plenary Diversity luncheon on Thursday, November 5th at the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The discussion will focus on how racially-charged events in the national spotlight have elevated the need for work cultures that respectfully manage heightened emotions, follow best practices for respectful conversations at work about race relations, and combat stereotyping and implicit bias. The discussion will include partner Luther Wright of Ogletree Deakins and will be moderated by Arkansas Law School Professor Cyndi Nance. [Read more…]

Takata Corp. Faces $200 Million Fine Due to Airbag Defect

Takata Airbag Recall

Japan-based Takata Corporation faces a penalty of up to $200 million due to the company’s faulty and defective airbags, which can explode and send metal shrapnel towards drivers and passengers upon impact after a crash. This would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on Proposed Class Waiver Ban in Arbitration Agreements

Elizabeth Cabraser Class Waiver Ban Proposal in Arbitration

As reported in the Daily Journal, on October 7, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposal that would bar class waivers as a way to regulate forced arbitration clauses in contracts. Lieff Cabraser attorney Elizabeth J. Cabraser commented on the issue, noting that the new CFPB proposal is “pro-consumer,” since the arbitration clauses that block group lawsuits would be banned. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Discuss Future of Antitrust Enforcement at American Antitrust Institute Young Lawyers Breakfast

Dean Harvey Discusses Future of Private Antitrust Enforcement

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will participate in a panel discussion titled “The Future of Private Antitrust Enforcement” at the American Antitrust Institute’s (AAI) Young Lawyers Breakfast on November 18, 2015. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to be Inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Kelly M. Dermody to be Inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

On Saturday November 7th, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be inducted into the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Founded in 1995, the College honors the leading practitioners of labor and employment law with at least 20 years’ experience in the field. [Read more…]