Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice

Arbitration Everywhere - Stacking the Deck Against Justice

In the first of a series of pieces subtitled “Beware the Fine Print,” the New York Times has published an article investigating the rampant practice of forced arbitration, “a far-reaching power play orchestrated by American corporations” to restrict the rights of consumers. As the Times noted, “By inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies [have] devised a way to circumvent the courts and bar people from joining together in class-action lawsuits, realistically the only tool citizens have to fight illegal or deceitful business practices.” [Read more…]

NY Attorney General Warns Internet Providers to Live Up to Their Download Speed Promises, and Fast

Americans paying more for broadband, getting less

As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the New York attorney general’s office has sent letters to Time Warner Cable, Verizon Communications, and Cablevision asking why some customers experience reduced internet download speeds. New York Atty. Gen. Eric T. Schneiderman said consumers are simply not getting what’s been advertised by the major telecom corporations. He said many New York families pay a high cost for broadband service, but services are consistently slower than promised.

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Four Dead After PA Hospital Cardiac Surgery Infections

Heart surgery infections

As reported by the New York Times, four patients at a hospital in York, Pennsylvania, have died after developing an infection from a medical device used in open-heart surgery. Four additional patients were infected but have survived. The hospital, WellSpan York, indicated that it was notifing approximately 1,300 current and former patients about possible exposure they may have suffered during similar procedures occuring over the nearly four-year period between October of 2011 and July 2015.

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Northern District Practice Program Digital Privacy Panel Discussion

Digital Privacy Panel Discussion

The Northern District Practice Program is presenting a Digital Privacy Panel Discussion on November 10, 2015 at the U.S. District Court Ceremonial Courtroom, 19th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. The Panel will discuss civil and criminal issues and will be moderated by Chris Hoofnagle, Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law). [Read more…]

Power Morcellator Injury Cases Centralized in Kansas

Power Morcellator Injury Cases Centralized in Kansas

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated over a dozen laparoscopic power morcellator injury and wrongful death cases filed in federal court for pre-trial discovery before Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in MDL No. 2652 in the District of Kansas (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2652).

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Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm

Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms

For the third year in a row, legal news service Law360 has selected Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein as one of the nation’s Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms. Law360 observed that Lieff Cabraser’s active involvement in cases such as the High Tech Employee antitrust action, mass tort cases against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Stryker Corp. over allegedly harmful drugs and medical devices, an illegal marketing case against Warner-Lambert Co. and Pfizer relating to the drug Neurontin, and in litigation against BP over the 2012 Deepwater spill, led the firm to stand out among its peers.

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Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits Consolidated in Massachusetts Federal Court

Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits Consolidated in Massachusetts Federal Court

As reported by Law360, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated in Massachusetts a number of lawsuits alleging that off-label promotion by GlaxoSmithKline of its anti-nausea drug Zofran for morning sickness led to serious birth defects. “The MDL panel found that 12 lawsuits, some of which are proposed class actions, warranted consolidation as they all involved common allegations that GlaxoSmithKline’s Zofran and its generic equivalent, Ondansetron … cause birth birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant.” [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin to Speak at eDiscovery Webcast

Annika K. Martin to Speak at eDiscovery Webcast

Lieff Cabraser attorney Annika K. Martin will be speaking at an October 8, 2015 webcast sponsored by ACEDS, the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. As ACEDS notes, decisions about entering stipulated protocols regarding search methodologies have become critical, and often affect the course of discovery, impact the relationship between the parties, and influence the court’s perception of counsel and its client. [Read more…]

International Torts Litigation book co-authored by Mark Chalos re-released by Thomson Reuters press

International Torts Litigation book co-authored by Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark P. Chalos re-released by Thomson Reuters press

Nashville, TN – Attorney Mark P. Chalos, Managing Partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces the publication of a book he co-authored, “Litigating International Torts in United States Courts, 2015 ed.” The publisher is Thomson Reuters, which is among the largest legal publishers in the world. Initially published in 2012, the book has been updated and re-released annually. [Read more…]

California Parents File Suit To Hold GlaxoSmithKline Accountable For Injuries Suffered By Their Daughter And Warn Pregnant Mothers Of Link Between Birth Defects And The Prescription Drug Zofran

California Parents File Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit

Sarah R. London of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Katherine and Matthew Murray, residents of Alameda County, California, have filed a personal injury lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (“GSK”) for the injuries suffered by their daughter allegedly as a result of Ms. Murray being prescribed while pregnant GSK’s drug ondansetron, sold under the brand name Zofran.

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