The American Lawyer’s Litigation Daily has selected Elizabeth Cabraser and her opposing counsel Robert Giuffra at Sullivan & Cromwell as “Litigators of the Week” for their work on finalizing the settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case. This recognition by the Litigation Daily is the first time that opposing counsel have been named co-litigators of the week. “Together, they led the effort to reach a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, with Giuffra as national coordinating counsel for VW and Cabraser as lead counsel and chair of the 22-member plaintiffs’ steering committee.”
As the story notes, “The deal was a win for literally everyone who breathes. There are 475,000 cars on the road spewing nitrous oxide at up to 40 times the standard. Thanks to the settlement, VW will start buying affected vehicles back this fall, and not in, say, five years after a knock-down, drag-out fight.”
About Elizabeth Cabraser
A name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Ms. Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injuryand environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases.