Lieff Cabraser partner Lin Y. Chan will be featured as a distinguished panelist at the 16th Annual Bay Area APALSA Conference on February 20, 2016 at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Along with fellow panelists Debbie Chiv (Antitrust Section, California Attorney General), Sophia Lai (HomeBase), Kimberly Chin (Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth), Ms. Chan will be discussing how to empower Asian-American women in the legal industry. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser represents Danielle M. Seaman, M.D., in a class action lawsuit against Duke University; Duke University Health System; and Dr. William L. Roper, Dean and Vice-Chancellor of Medical Affairs for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Chief Executive Officer of the University of North Carolina Health Care System. The complaint charges that the defendants entered into an express, secret agreement not to hire each other’s faculty, with the intent and effect of suppressing the mobility and pay of each other’s skilled medical employees. [Read more…]
President Obama is requesting additional funding to bolster the government’s for-profit college investigative unit following increasing reports alleging that for-profit colleges are defrauding American students, U.S. taxpayers, and the federal government. As reported The Chronicle of Higher Education this week, the $13.6 million request, part of the annual budget proposal to be submitted to Congress next week, will boost the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Aid Enforcement Unit, which investigates alleged for-profit education schemes.
As reported by Scientific American, recent studies reveal that concussions are now known to be much more serious injuries than once thought. New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that even mild “ordinary” concussions may well be more detrimental than anyone anticipated; the study found that for individuals who have experienced even a single concussion, the long-term risk of adult suicide increases threefold.
Tech blogger Troy Hunt has published a scathing piece on Hong Kong-based electronic toy maker VTech for what he calls “allowing itself to be hacked” in November 2015, resulting in the exposure of the personal information of more than 2.8 million children. Though bad now, the damage may well grow far worse as the hackers store this data against the children coming of age over the next few years, at which point their adult status will skyrocket the potential harm as accounts and other financial operations may be made in their names and with their full identity records.
The New York Times reports that Ken Stabler, iconic football star quarterback of the 1970s, suffered greatly from the deprivations of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) before his death last summer at 69, including rapid declines in his thinking and other progressive brain damage. Earlier, Stabler had added his name to the class-action lawsuit brought by former players against the NFL seeking damages from decades of concussions. [Read more…]
Elizabeth Cabraser has been named to the three-member Plaintiffs Executive Committee for the more than 100 class actions alleging that four major airlines conspired to fix the prices of domestic fares. The Committee will work with lead counsel Michael Hausfeld and Steve Williams to lead the litigation. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly asked both sides to submit a proposed filing schedule for the cases by February 25th, and ordered the new plaintiffs leadership team to create a “proposal for addressing the issue of managing plaintiffs’ fees and expenses in this litigation,” including how she could review costs.
Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Lin Y. Chan will be speaking at the 14th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference on February 18-19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The conference will be divided into nine sessions and feature some of the nation’s leading plaintiff-side public interest class action practitioners and academics. [Read more…]
Security issues and flaws relating to Internet-connected children’s toys are on the rise. Last year, more than 6 million children’s names, ages, and genders were disclosed when the leading manufacturer and distributor of digital learning toys, VTech, suffered a simple but devastating hack to its databases. A similar attack on allegedly insecure data stores affected Hello Kitty’s San Rio Town in late 2015 as well. [Read more…]
Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) announced a voluntary safety recall for one size (255/70R22.5) of its Firestone FS561 tire, installed in trailer applications, that was sold both in the United States and Canada between the dates of April 2015 and January 2016. Other sizes and applications for the FS561 commercial truck tire are not affected by this recall. [Read more…]
During the January 21, 2016 hearing in San Francisco, it was calculated that the number of diesel vehicles in the U.S. affected by the Volkswagen emissions fraud amounted to a total of 575,000, higher than previous estimates. The German car manufacturer currently faces hundreds of class action lawsuits from consumers who were harmed by VW’s deception and fraud concerning deceptively “clean diesel” engines in their vehicles.
Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to pay a $120 million settlement to the 2-3,000 women who filed injury lawsuits claiming to have suffered organ damage and constant pain from allegedly dangerous and defective surgical mesh. As reported by Bloomberg, these “settlements mark the first time J&J and its Ethicon unit have agreed to resolve a significant number of mesh cases.” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be featured as a distinguished faculty member at The Sedona Conference Institute’s eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies Program on March 1-2, 2016 at the Offices of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]
Corporate Counsel has published a report titled “Lessons from the EEOC’s Transgender Discrimination Settlement” relating to a recent Minnesota EEOC victory for transgender worker rights. The article [subscription required] notes some simple and yet powerful guidelines for employers anxious about how to handle transgender employees. [Read more…]
Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity is no secret. Major tech companies, such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have faced repeated pressure to publicly disclose their workforce demographics – the first time such reports were published was 2014. The statistics reinforce the notion of just how much progress needs to be made in order to achieve gender and racial equality in the tech industry.
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.
New policies issued by the Obama administration this month mandate that doctors and hospitals cannot deny patients access to their own medical records or health information, and must provide that individual with a copy of these records within 30 days of the request.
Britax has announced a recall relating to a safety defect in certain infant car seat models. The defect exists within the carry handle on the seats, and parents with Britax infant seats are urged to visit Britax’s infant car seat repair kit web page to check if they own an affected model, and if so to obtain a remedy kit as soon as possible.
Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at the UC Hastings Law Journal Spring Symposium titled “The Status of Anti-discrimination Law and Litigation in the United States” on February 12, 2016. Along with twenty other panelists practicing in the areas of labor, employment and constitutional law, Ms. Shaver will be discussing the ways that anti-discrimination law has transformed over time.