Mark Chalos on the Erin Andrews Stalker Trial Verdict

Mark Chalos on the Erin Andrews Trial Conclusion

As reported in the Tennessean, the jury in the Erin Andrews trial in Nashville has awarded the sportscaster $55 million in damages in the negligence trial over illegally obtained and shared nude video of Ms. Andrews. Seven hours of deliberations led to a triumphant outcome for Andrews, who first filed her suit six years ago after a man secretly recorded her in a Nashville hotel. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Warns Santa Barbara Fishers

Oil Spill on Beach

Fishers, Fish Buyers, and other Businesses Affected by the May 19, 2015 Refugio State Beach Pipeline Rupture and Oil Spill Are Alerted That They Should Not Sign Away Any Rights In OPA Claims Before Being Fully Informed About The Ongoing Class Action Refugio Spill Economic Harm Class Action Lawsuits

San Francisco, CA (March 3, 2016) — Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuits for economic harm caused by the May 19, 2015 Refugio State Beach pipeline rupture and oil spill won a victory in court today when Judge Philip S. Gutierrez issued an order granting their requests for immediate changes to the way the pipeline companies responsible for the spill are permitted to communicate to plaintiffs and putative class members. The pipeline companies must cease all of what the plaintiffs termed misleading and deceptive communications to spill victims, and update the communications they do make to alert victims to the ongoing class action lawsuits. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Provides Further Erin Andrews Trial Commentary to The Tennessean

Mark Chalos on the Erin Andrews trial

Lieff Cabraser Nashville managing partner Mark Chalos continued to provide legal analysis to The Tennessean regarding the ongoing civil suit of Erin Andrews, a former ESPN sportscaster who is suing a stalker who videotaped her nude through a peephole from an adjoining hotel room at the Marriott Hotel near Vanderbilt University in 2008 and posted the images on the internet. [Read more…]

The Tennessean Checks in with Mark Chalos On the Erin Andrews Privacy Trial

Mark Chalos on the Erin Andrews trial

Lieff Cabraser Nashville managing partner Mark Chalos provided legal analysis to The Tennessean yesterday regarding defense tactics in the ongoing civil suit of Erin Andrews, a former ESPN sportscaster who is suing a stalker who videotaped her nude through a peephole from an adjoining hotel room at the Marriott Hotel near Vanderbilt University in 2008 and posted the images on the internet. [Read more…]

Products Containing Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Products Containing Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

As revealed in a recent civil lawsuit, certain household and body products containing talcum powder have been linked to ovarian cancer in women. A Missouri jury reached a verdict of $72 million against Johnson & Johnson in a case claiming the health care company’s baby powder product containing talcum caused the decedent plaintiff’s ovarian cancer. This marks the first suit among the more than 1,000 talc exposure cases filed nationwide to result in a jury verdict for the plaintiff. [Read more…]

Court to VW: One Month to Set Diesel Emissions Fix for 600,000 U.S. Cars

VW Diesel Emissions

As reported in Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, Automotive News, and numerous other news outlets, the Judge in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud litigation ordered the company to come up with a fix for the 600,000 U.S. diesel Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles still on the road in the wake of VW’s admission that it rigged its emissions testing software in violation of U.S. environmental standards. [Read more…]

Forced Arbitration in Financial Products: Is A Legislative End In Sight?

Forced Arbitration in Financial Products

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is examining so-called arbitration clauses in financial products. Last week, bureau Richard Cordray sent a strong signal that the regulatory hammer may come down on banks and other lenders denying customers their rights in a court of law if they feel mistreated. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Join Law360 Editorial Advisory Boards

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Join Law360 Editorial Advisory Boards

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark P. Chalos, Jason L. Lichtman, Michael Miarmi, Rachel Geman, and Dean M. Harvey have joined Law360’s 2016 editorial advisory boards in various practice areas. The editorial advisory boards provide feedback on Law360’s news coverage of the legal world, including case updates, policy developments, attorney information, litigation facts, corporate deals, and trends in various legal industries. [Read more…]

Court Approves $13 Million Settlement in “Add Connections” LinkedIn Lawsuit

Court Approves $13 Million Settlement in "Add Connections" LinkedIn Lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to a $13 million settlement against LinkedIn reached last fall. Plaintiffs said the popular businesses networking company was spamming users’ email with too many invitations regarding its services without proper consent, reported Bloomberg BNA.

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Takata Air Bag Recall: New Senate Report Indicates Takata Insiders Discussed Product Failures Years Before Deaths Occurred

Takata Insiders Discussed Product Failures Years Before Deaths Occurred

Quoting a new report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the New York Times notes that newly-released internal Takata employee documents show company insiders discussing problems with Takata air bags years prior to the first deaths and injuries tied to the airbag defects. A 2006 Takata employee email refers to a set of data and manufacturing problems as “yet another mess” and suggests that Takata manufacturing facilities “should have been screaming bloody murder a long time ago.”

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Why VW Should Fear Elizabeth Cabraser

Why VW Should Fear Elizabeth Cabraser

German publication Die Zeit recently published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser, newly appointed sole lead class counsel in charge of conducting the U.S. nationwide multi-district litigation on Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” emissions fraud. Chosen by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Ms. Cabraser was one of more than 150 attorneys seeking lead roles in this litigation. The profile was then picked up and translated for English-language publication by Handelsblatt Global Edition.

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Lin Chan Moderates Race and Gender Discrimination Panel

Lin Chan Moderates Race and Gender Discrimination Panel

Lieff Cabraser partner Lin Y. Chan will be moderating a panel at the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) 2016 Symposium: Workers in the New Tech Economy on February 26, 2016 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The symposium will focus on whether today’s tech centered economy exploits workers, requires new organizing tactics, discriminates, disrupts worker protections, and provides flexibility and autonomy. [Read more…]

California Personal Data Breaches Top 24 Million

California Personal Data Breaches Top 24 Million

Nearly three in five individuals residing in California became victims of a data breach in 2015, according to the California Data Breach Report published this month. The number of data breaches has increased over time, going from 131 incidents reported in 2012 (involving the records of 2.6 million Californians) to 178 breaches in 2015 with over 24 million records and individuals affected. [Read more…]

New York Times’ Seminal Expose of the Dangers and Rights Erosion of Forced Arbitration Continues

Forced Arbitration Dangers

The New York Times continues its extraordinary series on forced arbitration in the U.S. and how contracts mandating arbitration in place of a hearing in a courtroom are stripping us of our most basic rights. The most recent piece, “Pivotal Nursing Home Suit Raises a Simple Question: Who Signed the Contract?” addresses the plight of a family whose matriarch was murdered in her nursing home by her patient-roomate, but who cannot get justice or any accountability by the nursing home.

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Federal Government, Apple Clash Over Cell Phone Data Access and Security

Apple Federal Court Order Sheds Light on Digital Privacy

FBI San Bernardino terrorism investigation runs up against privacy rights

Following a deadly terrorist attack that killed 14 Americans in late 2015, a federal judge has ordered Apple to create software to override digital security functions on the iPhones of the alleged perpetrators, setting off a huge controversy around digital security, privacy rights, and the government’s reach in criminal investigations.

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Were Top Executives at Volkswagen Aware of Illegal Emissions-Cheating Software as Early as 2014?

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions

A recent investigation by The New York Times discovered that top executives at Volkswagen Group may have had previous knowledge that their diesel vehicles contained emissions control-cheating software as early as 2014. Internal documents, emails, and memos obtained by the publication suggest that Martin Winterkorn, the former CEO of Volkswagen, may have been aware of this illegal conduct as well. [Read more…]