Sports-Related Concussions Not Just Experienced by Professional Players

Sports-Related Concussions

An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions take place every year across the nation, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among the different sports and recreational activities, football gets primary focus when it comes to the risk of players receiving this kind of head trauma. However, sports-related concussions are not just experienced by professional players.

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Lexi Hazam Speaks at Third Annual Innovation in eDiscovery Conference

Lexi Hazam Speaks at Third Annual Innovation in eDiscovery Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam will be speaking as a distinguished panelist at the Third Annual Innovation in eDiscovery Conference on January 22, 2016 at The City Club of San Francisco. Topics for discussion include: the 2015 Rules Amendments, Search Methodology and Technology, and New Forms of Communications and Data Protection. Sponsored by UnitedLex and organized by Sandpiper Partners, the panel will also feature three federal/state judges.

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The Gender Pay Gap Problem – How to Solve this Disparity Amidst New Challenges

The Gender Pay Gap Problem

According to the California Legislature, full-time working women in California lose over $33 billion every year as a result of gender wage disparities. That’s not a misprint — the precise estimate was $33,650,294,544. Nationally, the average gender wage gap stands at 79 cents on the dollar, the Census Bureau reports.

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Defective Surgical Mesh Injury Case Verdict Affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals

Surgical Mesh Injury Case

As reported by The Legal Examiner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the first injury trial jury verdict against transvaginal surgical mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard, a jury award of $2 million in a decision that could affect many thousands of American women allegedly harmed by this medical device known variously as transvaginal mesh (TVM), pelvic mesh, or bladder sling mesh.

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Olympus Voluntarily Recalls Defective Medical Scope that Led to Deadly Patient Infections

Olympus Voluntarily Recalls Defective Medical Scope

Olympus, the manufacturer of some allegedly defective medical scopes that have been linked to deadly superbug CRE infections worldwide, announced that it will voluntarily recall and redesign its affected medical scope products. Japan-based Olympus Corporation holds 70% of the share of gastrointestinal endoscopes on the global market.

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The Revolution of Predictive Coding and ESI Protocol in Legal eDiscovery

Predictive Coding and ESI Protocol in Legal eDiscovery

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has written an in-depth review of predictive coding in legal eDiscovery for Trial Magazine. In an industry where time is precious, the utilization of innovative learning technologies that are novel in the field of litigation serves as a different way for lawyers to handle their cases in a more cost-effective, accurate, and timely manner. One such type of software approach is known as predictive coding. [Read more…]

U.S. Senate Superbug Medical Scope Investigation Shows Alarming Results

US Senate Superbug Medical Scope Investigation

Contaminated medical scopes may have sickened more Americans than federal investigators had originally determined, according to the results of a U.S. Senate investigation released today. The Seattle Times reports the Senate investigation indicates that from 2012 to 2015, antibiotic-resistant illnesses linked to specialized duodenoscopes sickened at least 250 people – most at U.S. hospitals. That number is nearly double the statistic previously identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cases since 2010. [Read more…]

Massive Porter Ranch California Natural Gas Leak Continues Despite Repeated Fix Efforts

Natural gas field

It is a disaster that has been described by at least one Los Angeles city official as “the equivalent of the BP oil spill, except on land.” Since late October 2015, natural gas has been spewing into the air in the Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch neighborhood about 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles, sickening residents and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. The uncapped well is also pouring greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Property values have been diminished by the ongoing leak as well as the threat of future leaks from the same facility. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Discusses Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuits

Rachel Geman on Qui Tam Suits

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will be speaking in a live webcast on January 13, 2016 titled “Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Lawsuits and the Statute of Limitations.” Other featured event panelists include Kayla Stachniak Kaplan and Jennifer Wollenberg (Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP), Robert Sadowski (Sadowski Katz LLP), and Ian Samson (Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack). [Read more…]

Deadly GM Ignition Switch Bellwether Trials – Overview and the Stakes

Key in ignition

As the first GM ignition defect bellwether trial opens early next week, Law360 provides a case overview and analysis of the challenges facing GM. The cases arise in the wake of a now-notorious GM ignition switch defect that can cause car keys to slip from the run to accessory position, causing the vehicle to stall and shutting down its power controls and air bags. The defect affects over 12 million recalled GM vehicles, including multiple Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn models. (You can view a detailed list on our GM Ignition Injury and Recall case page). [Read more…]

Judge States GM’s Arguments “Fail as a Matter of Law” in First Case on Ignition Switch Defect

First Trial Case on GM Ignition Switch Defect

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan stated that the arguments General Motors Co. presented for dismissal of the automaker’s faulty ignition switch trial “fail as a matter of law.” As a result of Furman’s refusal to dismiss plaintiffs’ allegations, the first case against GM will proceed to trial, set to begin January 11. [Read more…]

FDA Classifies Transvaginal Mesh as High-Risk due to Serious Complications from Surgery

FDA Classifies Transvaginal Mesh As High Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reclassified the surgical mesh device utilized for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”) and other conditions in women as a high-risk (class III) product. Previously, the agency classified the product as moderate-risk (class II). [Read more…]

Internal Emails Reveal Blatant Data Manipulation in Takata Air Bag Litigation

Internal Emails On Takata Air Bag Reveal Blatant Data Manipulation

Nearly 34 million vehicles worldwide with defective Takata airbags have been recalled. The U.S. portion alone represents the largest automotive recall in our country’s history. The recalled Takata airbags contain a propellant that can cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. [Read more…]