Talc As The New Tobacco – Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on Talc Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

Is Talc The New Tobacco?

Law360 notes that multiple trial victories in Missouri state court totaling $200 million against Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder product have shed light on the seeming parallels between the litigation on talc injuries and the long-running cases against tobacco companies. It seems in both instances, misleading product advertising and failures to adequately inform the public of product health risks were tragic way stations on paths that led to serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths. [Read more…]

Sarah London to Discuss Trial Skills for Women in Products Liability Litigation

Sarah London to Discuss Trial Skills for Women in Products Liability Litigation

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London will be speaking at the American Bar Association’s November 3rd education symposium titled “Women in Products Liability 2016 Annual Regional CLE” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Topics covered in this program include substantive law, trial skills, and ethics. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for Volkswagen Settlement

Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for Volkswagen Settlement

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.” [Read more…]

Consumer Reports Warns of Deadly Infections From Surgical Heater-Cooler Devices

Consumer Reports Warns of Deadly Infections From Surgical Heater-Cooler Devices

Fifteen patients at Greenville Medical Center in South Carolina have been diagnosed with a rare infection known as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM), which has been linked to heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used in certain heart and lung operations. Four out of the fifteen patients have already died from the infections. [Read more…]

Talc Cancer Victim Awarded $70 Million by Missouri Jury

Talcum powder on black background

A Missouri state court jury awarded nearly $71 million dollars on Thursday to a woman claiming she developed ovarian cancer due to using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing personal hygiene products on her genitals for decades, who accused the company of not warning consumers about the products’ health risks in order to protect profitable brands. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Trend Toward More Pay Equity Lawsuits By Professional Women with NY Law Journal

Kelly Dermody Discusses Trend Toward More Pay Equity Lawsuits By Professional Women with NY Law Journal

Pay Equity Class Actions Increase in Number As Professional Women Voice Their Gender Bias Concerns

Women are fed up with a work environment where they routinely get less compensation and fewer promotions than men, and they are taking a stand. A legal stand. The ongoing increase in awareness around the disparity between male and female salaries, bonuses, stock options and promotion opportunities is seen as one of the primary forces behind the spread of lawsuits filed by aggrieved women seeking equality and fair treatment in the workplace. [Read more…]

Riverside County Crash Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags – 11th U.S. Victim

Riverside County Crash Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags – 11th U.S. Victim

A 50-year-old woman driving a 2001 Honda Civic died in a September 30 Riverside County car crash when her airbag failed to deploy, becoming the 11th known U.S. victim of defective Takata airbag inflators. This brings the total number of deaths to as many as 16 worldwide. To date, the Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affecting “1 out of every 7 vehicles on American roads today,” as noted by KTLA. [Read more…]

Benchmark Litigation Names Lieff Cabraser to Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America

Benchmark Litigation Names Lieff Cabraser to Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America

Elizabeth Cabraser and Richard Heimann also named to Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America

Benchmark Litigation, “the definitive guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States,” has chosen Lieff Cabraser as one of the 2017 “Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America.” Based on six months of intensive peer, client, and case reviews, Benchmark’s 10th anniversary review of North American litigation also includes a list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, which list we are proud to note includes Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Richard M. Heimann. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Speaks at AAJ Diversity in the Law Seminar

Annika K. Martin Speaks at AAJ Diversity in the Law Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be featured as a distinguished panelist at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Diversity in the Law Seminar on November 29-30, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The seminar will discuss the importance and significance of diversity in the trial bar as it seeks to increase awareness of the challenges facing LGBT, minority, and female plaintiff lawyers. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Loses Arbitration Bid Over Deceptive Overdraft Fees

Wells Fargo Loses Arbitration Big Over Deceptive Overdraft Fees

Mega-bank Wells Fargo has lost a bid to force multidistrict class action over overdraft fee abuse claims into arbitration. The San Francisco-based bank is dealing with numerous lawsuits accusing it of manipulating debit card purchases to maximize overdraft fee revenue in violation of consumer protection laws. Law360 has reported that “the bank has moved to compel arbitration several times with regard to two cases that originated in Florida and California.” [Read more…]

The FDA Wants Consumers to Report Problems with MedWatch

FDA Invites Consumers to Report Problems to MedWatch

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has enhanced its MedWatch program and is actively asking consumers to report adverse events and serious safety issues with regard to FDA regulated products, whether they be medications, medical devices, or food products. The FDA encourages strongly consumers to use the MedWatch platform, first created in 1993, to report experiences with problematic products that seem to have unexpected side effects, injurious medical errors, therapeutic failures, issues with product quality, and any other safety hazards. [Read more…]

Statement on Final Approval Hearing in Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

Elizabeth Cabraser, lead counsel for the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, released the following statement regarding today’s final approval hearing on the Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement. The hearing was held in the Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation currently being overseen by Judge Charles M. Breyer. Judge Breyer informed the parties that he is “strongly inclined” to approve the settlement, but will consider the objections and issue an order by October 25, 2016. [Read more…]

Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split

Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split

In an expert analysis article published by Law360 (subscription) entitled “Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split,” Lieff Cabraser attorneys Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman review the U.S. Supreme Court’s May decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, et al. The decision “reaffirmed that, under principles of federal jurisdiction, invasions of privacy give plaintiffs standing to assert their rights in federal court,” wrote Diamand and Kaufman. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Featured at Next Generation Rising Stars Conference

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Featured at Next Generation Rising Stars Conference

Lieff Cabraser partners Annika K. Martin, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, and Mark P. Chalos will be featured as distinguished attorney participants at Emory University Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims Next Generation Rising Stars Conference on December 14, 2016. Co-created by Ms. Martin, the program invites emerging leaders in the legal industry from both the defense and plaintiffs side of the complex litigation bar to gather and exchange ideas, and to benefit from the experience of established leaders in complex litigation like Ms. Cabraser and Mr. Chalos, among many others. The conference, intended to provide in-depth information on leadership roles in complex litigation in order to expand the breadth, depth, and diversity of the complex litigation bar, is aimed at attorneys who have been practicing between 7-18 years. [Read more…]

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart has denied Microsoft’s bid to dismiss certain discrimination claims in the lawsuit brought against the tech giant by a group of former and current female technical employees at the company. The employees have accused Microsoft of discriminating against female workers via its “stack ranking” employee evaluation process, which they argue has a disparate and negative impact on women. Last month, Judge Robart criticized Microsoft for not following court orders, in his view improperly prolonging the case because of inaction by the tech company’s legal team. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalists in 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Feature

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalists in 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Feature

The National Law Journal has chosen Lieff Cabraser as “Elite Trial Lawyers” Finalists in the categories of Class Action and Employment for 2016. This honorable distinction recognizes “law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for clients and that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side.” Only thirty-five firms were selected as finalists, and Lieff Cabraser is one of only three to be chosen as finalists in more than one category. [Read more…]

Homeopathic Teething Remedies Could Lead to Infant Deaths

Homeopathic Teething Remedies Could Lead to Infant Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning of the potential health risks to infants and children of certain homeopathic teething remedies. The ongoing FDA investigation involves homeopathic teething tablets and gels sold at large chain pharmacies and other retail stores that are used to treat teething pain. At least 10 infant deaths have been linked to these remedies, in addition to reports from the parents of more than 400 children who have developed serious illnesses. [Read more…]

Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Hip Implant Recall

Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Hip Implant Recall

On September 27, 2016, Australian health authorities issued a “Hazard Alert” over the risk of injuries relating to the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head hip implant components citing the same dangers and warning consumers and health professionals about the higher than expected incidence of failures and injuries relating to Stryker LFIT V40 hip implant components. Specific item numbers of the affected models are listed below. [Read more…]