U.S. Hospitals Still Failing to Report Morcellator and Endoscope Device Failures and Infections

U.S. Hospitals Still Failing to Report Morcellator and Endoscope Device Failures and Infections

As reported by the Wall Street Journal (subscription), after finding numerous and repeated lapses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing hospitals to comply with reporting rules relating to potentially dangerous endoscope and morcellator medical devices. The move comes after the federal agency says U.S. hospitals did not report on the potentially deadly risks of cancers spread via morcellator devices used in hysterectomies, as well as failing to report severe and sometimes fatal endoscope-procedure-related antibiotic resistant infections. [Read more…]

$1 Billion Verdict for Plaintiffs in 3rd Johnson & Johnson Bellwether Hip Implant Injury Trial

Jury Renders $1 Billion Verdict in 3rd DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Bellwether Trial

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a Texas jury has found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics liable for over $1 billion in a federal 6-plaintiff bellwether trial over injurious metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants causing metal poisoning and other injuries to implant recipients. The jury deliberated for less than a day in finding negligence in design and a failure to warn surgeons and patients about the dangers of the metal-component Pinnacle hip implants. The verdict is more than six times greater than the $150 million reached in a previous bellwether trial against J&J on these hip implant injuries. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills for Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills For Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman will be volunteering with the Tennessee Bar Association and Wills for Heroes on Saturday, December 3rd, offering free will-provision legal services to Nashville police and firefighters. Since Wills for Heroes’ establishment 15 years ago in the wake of the September 11 attacks, attorneys in more than 10 states have provided 7,000 free estate planning documents to emergency first responders across the nation. [Read more…]

Single Concussion Can Have Serious Negative Lasting Impact – NY Times

Single Concussion Can Have Serious Negative Lasting Impact

The New York Times has reported on a new study of over 100,000 head injury victims indicating that a single concussion in a teenager or younger child can have “lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood,” and further that multiple concussions notably increase the risks of later problems. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Named a 2016 Law360 MVP for Class Action Law

Elizabeth Cabraser Law360 2016 MVP Award

Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been named by Law360 (subscription) as a 2016 MVP in the category of Class Action Law. The awards honor leading lawyers who “have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” [Read more…]

Volkswagen Confirms Audi Gasoline Vehicles Are Cheating on CO2 Emissions, New Lawsuit Filed

Volkswagen Confirms Audi Gasoline Vehicles Are Cheating on CO2 Emissions, New Lawsuit Filed

U.S. and European authorities pushing past VW’s previous diesel emissions scandal have received confirmation from Volkswagen that certain Audi gas-engine models show significant irregularities relating to carbon dioxide emissions levels. A new lawsuit accuses Volkswagen (which owns Audi) of equipping some of Audi’s gasoline vehicles with similar illegal “defeat devices” designed to evade government regulations by tricking the public and regulators into thinking the cars emit far less noxious carbon dioxide gas than they actually do. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Litigation: Statement on Volkswagen 3.0-Liter TDI Vehicles

VW Emissions Fraud Litigation

Elizabeth Cabraser, Court-appointed Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, released the following statement regarding news reports involving 3.0-liter TDI vehicles. [Read more…]

Sarah London Moderates “Real Talk About Trial Experiences” Panel at CAOC 2016 Convention

Sarah London Moderates Panel at CAOC 2016

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London will be moderating the panel discussion “Real Talk About Trial Experiences” at the 55th annual Consumer Attorneys of California convention in San Francisco this weekend. The panel, which takes place during the 3:30-5:00 p.m. session Saturday November 12th, will cover topics including How to Deal with a Stinging Defeat, The Futility of Prediction, Proving Your Case Creatively on the Fly, and Polarizing Issues in Jury Selection. [Read more…]

Robert Nelson Speaks on Complex Litigation at CAOC 2016

Robert Nelson Speaks on Complex Litigation

Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson will be speaking at the 2016 Consumer Attorneys of California 55th annual convention on the panel, “Complex Litigation: Understanding and Flourishing in the Alphabet Soup of JCCPs, MDLs, etc.” Robert will be talking specifically on “What are the rules? CMOs and trial plans” during the Saturday 11/12 session from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. [Read more…]

In Memory of Clarence Ditlow III, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety

In Memory of Clarence Ditlow III, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety

Clarence M. Ditlow III, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, died on November 10th after a year-long battle with cancer. Allies as well as those he challenged united in praise for his 40 years of ceaseless fighting to keep the nation’s roads safer for everyone who used them. Safety Research & Strategies, Inc. noted his passing as a “big loss for the safety advocacy community,” while Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., noted in a joint statement in the Congressional Record of September 29th that Ditlow was “A tireless champion for consumers, [whose] work has resulted in better government oversight of automakers, the installation of key safety features and the exposure of safety defects in millions of cars, SUVs, and other trucks.” [Read more…]

Emerge America Presents “Ambition to Action: Celebrating a Historic Year for Women in Politics”

Emerge America Presents “Ambition to Action: Celebrating a Historic Year for Women in Politics”

We have a big problem in the United States. In spite of women making up more than half of the U.S. population, less than a third hold positions in elected offices. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Emerge America invites you to join the organization’s annual conference and luncheon entitled “Ambition to Action: Celebrating a Historic Year for Women in Politics” in San Francisco, California at the Merchants Exchange Building. [Read more…]

David Stellings Discusses Litigating Automobile Class Actions

David Stellings Discusses Litigating Automobile Class Actions

Lieff Cabraser partner David S. Stellings will be featured at the Law Seminars International (LSI) Second Annual NOLA Advanced Seminar on “Litigating Automobile Class Actions” from December 6-7, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, Louisiana. As Program Co-Chair, Mr. Stellings will provide an introduction and overview of the seminar, then will participate in a roundtable discussion entitled “View From the Top: How To Manage an Auto-Defect Case,” where he will share tips based on his experiences in the VW Diesel Emissions consumer litigation. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Serving as Panelists at 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Serving as Panelists at 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labor and Employment Law will be hosting its 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois from November 9-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel. Lieff Cabraser is a sponsor of this event, and two firm partners will be featured as conference panelists. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser: Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls 2.8 Million Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines Over Explosion Risks

CPSC Recalls 2.8 Million Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines Over Explosion Risks

SAN FRANCISCO – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the cooperation of Samsung, is recalling 2.8 million of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines in the wake of over 700 reports of exploding washing machines resulting in at least nine injuries. The recall covers 34 of Samsung’s top-loading models sold from March 2011 through November 2016. [Read more…]

DOJ and FTC Release Guidance for Human Resource Professionals on How Antitrust Law Applies to Employee Hiring and Compensation

DOJ and FTC Release Guidance for Human Resource Professionals on How Antitrust Law Applies to Employee Hiring and Compensation

In October 2016, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued formal guidance for human resource (HR) professionals and others who are involved in hiring and compensation decisions. As the FTC put it, “HR professionals are often in the best position to ensure their companies’ hiring practices comply with the law and this guidance will help educate and inform them about how the antitrust laws apply to the employment arena.” [Read more…]

U.S. News & Best Lawyers Honors Lieff Cabraser in 2017 Edition of Best Law Firms

U.S. News & Best Lawyers Honors Lieff Cabraser in 2017 Edition of Best Law Firms

U.S. News & Best Lawyers“Best Law Firms” rankings for 2017 have been announced. The Best Law Firms rankings are based on “a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations as well as peer review from leading attorneys in their fields.” [Read more…]

Government Warns Consumers on Exploding Samsung Washing Machines

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a warning on Samsung top-loading washing machines that can explode without warning. Multiple consumer reports and shared videos tell of top-load Samsung washers manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016 exploding as early as the day of installation, or without warning months or years later.

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