Lieff Cabraser name partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been appointed sole lead class counsel in charge of coordinating and conducting the nationwide multi-district litigation against Volkswagen over its use of software cheats to commit emissions fraud. In the pretrial order issued late on January 21st, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer expressed his confidence that Ms. Cabraser would “effectively represent and guide the plaintiffs toward a resolution that is in their best interests.” He noted her “extensive experience with multi-district litigation” and “leadership positions in 17 different MDLs, including several that involved automobile defects.” Ms. Cabraser was one of more than 150 attorneys seeking lead roles in the litigation.
Judge Breyer’s order also created a plaintiffs’ Steering Committee including 21 additional attorneys for the case, one of the largest in class action history. The committee is larger than those that have been formed in similar cases, and includes lawyers from 12 states and the District of Columbia. Judge Breyer noted the size “is an appropriate number given the amount of work this litigation may entail and the need for an expeditious resolution of the matter.” In further remarks, Judge Breyer said that the Volkswagen litigation is “obviously not a whodunit kind of case,” and that it is “more of a case of how can we fix what was done and if it can’t be fixed how to get fair compensation” for those affected by VW’s conduct.
About Elizabeth Cabraser
Under Elizabeth Cabraser’s leadership, Lieff Cabraser has become one of the country’s largest law firms serving clients seeking redress for financial and consumer fraud, anti-competitive practices, harmful drugs and products, and illegal employment practices. For over three decades, Elizabeth has made sure that our firm remains dedicated to its core values.
Possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, Elizabeth has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. These cases include multi-state tobacco, the Exxon Valdez disaster, Breast Implants, Fen-Phen (Diet Drugs), Vioxx, Toyota sudden acceleration, numerous securities/investment fraud cases, and Holocaust litigation. Today, Elizabeth serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases: the BP Gulf Oil Spill, GM ignition switch defect, and Takata defective airbag litigation.