Supreme Court to Hear Fair Housing Act Case Bank of America v. City of Miami, Florida

U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court agreed in mid-2016 to review Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami and Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami, cases hinging on standing under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3604 et seq., that seek to hold major U.S. banks accountable for their allegedly illegal and discriminatory conduct during the housing crisis and its aftermath. Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel represent the City of Miami and submitted our brief to the Supreme Court. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation Conference

Two Lieff Cabraser partners will be presenting at the 2016 National Consumer Law Center’s (NCLC) Consumer Rights Litigation Conference (CRLC) October 20-23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. This marks the 25th year of the conference for consumer attorneys. Rachel Geman and Roger N. Heller from Lieff Cabraser will both be in attendance. Ms. Geman will be a featured panelist at the “Bringing Your First (or Next) Credit Discrimination Case” discussion, while Mr. Heller will be participating in the “The Rules They Are A-Changing: How the Amendments to Rule 23 and Rule 26 Have and Will Affect Class Action Practice” panel. [Read more…]

NJ Transit Train In September Hoboken Accident Going Twice Speed Limit At Crash

NJ Transit Train

According to the New York Times, the New Jersey Transit train involved in last week’s Hoboken crash had accelerated to over 20 miles per hour just before smashing into the terminal, injuring over 100 and killing one commuter. The information came from a report by federal transit officials investigating the accident. [Read more…]

Superbug Dangers Rise, U.S. Fails at Tracking the Spread

Superbug Infection Lawsuits and Dangers

As reports from news sources like the Los Angeles Times and Reuters proliferate, the full extent of America’s superbug scourge is beginning to surface, and the truth isn’t just disturbing — it’s terrifying. Though health authorities have been warning about deadly drug-resistant infections for over 15 years, a widespread practice among doctors and hospitals that can only be seen as active concealment has hidden the breadth of the crisis, while at the same time hindering efforts to make a dent in the situation. The situation is only worsened by government agencies remain that are either unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a healthcare industry complicit in the problem. [Read more…]

Abilify Gambling Lawsuits Consolidated in Florida Federal Court

Abilify Gambling Lawsuits Consolidated in Florida Federal Court

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated more than 20 lawsuits against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. over claims of pathological gambling side effects in patients using the antipsychotic drug Abilify in federal court in Florida. The serious impulse-control problems described in the complaints reportedly stop when the medicine is discontinued. 22 actions pending in 12 districts will be centralized under Chief District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. [Read more…]

Thousands of Deaths from Hospital Superbugs Are Going Unreported

Medical Scope Superbugs

The LA Times reports that “many thousands” of patients are dying every year from superbug infections acquired during hospital stays — and that’s only in California. The numbers nationwide would be even higher, perhaps horrifyingly so. And the biggest reason this hideous epidemic remains mostly secret is that patient death certificates almost never include any mention of the infections as a factor in the deaths. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s Work for the Injured in Mass Disaster Cases

Helping transportation accident victims

Lieff Cabraser is a national plaintiffs’ law firm with over four decades’ experience successfully handling mass tort injury cases, including numerous cases relating to injuries sustained in large-scale disasters such as aviation and railroad accidents. This includes our work on behalf of the families of 122 of the victims of the January 3, 2004 Flash Airlines disaster in Egypt, as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel representing over twenty families whose loved ones died in the Gol Airlines Flight 1907 crash over the Amazon, representing victims of the July 6, 2013 San Francisco International Airport crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, and as co-counsel in the litigation over a 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 50 people. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Comments on Netflix Poaching Lawsuit

Dean Harvey Comments on Netflix Poaching Lawsuit

The Hollywood Reporter reports that 21st Century Fox has sued streaming video company Netflix in Los Angeles Superior Court for improperly poaching its employees. In the lawsuit, the film and television studio claimed that Netflix ran a “brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by illegally inducing them to break their employment contracts with Fox to work at Netflix.” [Read more…]

Health Canada Issues Serious Complication Risk Warning on IVC Filters

Health Canada Issues Serious Complication Risk Warning on IVC Filters

Health Canada recently issued a warning of “Serious Risks of Complication” arising from the surgical use of Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters. The warning targeted a wide range of healthcare professionals, including radiologists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, thrombosis specialists, internists, emergency physicians, bariatric surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and primary care physicians — any physicians who request or implant IVC filters as well as clinicians responsible for follow-up care. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Help Win OK for Moldy Washer Settlement

Nashville Attorneys Help Win Moldy Washer Settlement

Lieff Cabraser trio part of case covering 5 million+ washers

As reported by the Nashville Post and numerous other news sources, federal judge has approved the final plan to settle a class action filed on behalf of owners of washing machines that developed mold or odor problems. A trio of attorneys with the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser, with local Managing Partner Mark Chalos in the lead, helped argue the case. [Read more…]

Jason Lichtman Named to Bloomberg Law Litigation Innovation Board

Jason Lichtman Named to Bloomberg Law Litigation Innovation Board

Bloomberg Law recently announced its development of the Litigation Innovation Board, which “will provide input and consultation on new products, offer feedback on enhancements to current offerings, and inform the direction of future litigation and analytics solutions.” Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman has been honored as a leading litigator and member of this board that will impact the current and future range of litigation specialties. [Read more…]

Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum A Success

Complex Litigation E-Discovery A Success

Last week, the second annual Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum (CLEF) took place at the Minneapolis Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin (left, above) led a discussion on “Proportionality a year after the Amendments,” which covered amendments to the Federal Rules in December 2015 with regard to case law and effective strategies for plaintiffs within civil procedures. [Read more…]

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

Lieff Cabraser represents Samsung washer owners in a federal lawsuit in New Jersey alleging that some Samsung top-loading washing machines explode in owners’ homes, causing damage to walls, doors, and other equipment and presenting significant injury risks. Users have reported Samsung top-load washers exploding as early as the day of installation, while other owners have seen their machines explode months or even more than a year after purchase.

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Settlement Receives Final Approval in Whirlpool Front-Load Washer Mold Cases

Whirlpool Washer Mold Settlement Receives Final Approval

On September 23, 2016, Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted final approval to the settlement of the Whirlpool front-load washer mold cases, bringing an end to nine-plus years of hard-fought litigation. With a claims period that closes in a few short weeks on October 11, 2016, the settlement provides class members who experienced mold or odor the choice of $50 cash, a 20% discount off purchase of a new washer (worth $148.50) or, if they paid out of pocket or to replace their washer due to mold /odor, dollar for dollar cash reimbursement up to $500. [Read more…]

Claims Period Opens for Recipients of Unconsented Wells Fargo Loan-Related Texts and Calls

Bank Misconduct

If you received a call or non-emergency text from Wells Fargo on your cellular telephone, in connection with either a residential mortgage loan and/or a home equity loan, you could receive a payment from a class action settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The following statement is being issued by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein regarding Markos v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. A lawsuit is currently pending claiming that Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., (“Defendant” or “Wells Fargo”), violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by calling, or sending non-emergency texts to, cellphones without prior express consent. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Law Clerk Phil Hernandez Turns Law School Paper Into New State Law

Lieff Cabraser Law Clerk Phil Hernandez Turns Law School Paper Into New State Law

What began as a student paper by Lieff Cabraser law clerk Philip M. Hernandez (Berkeley Law School Class of 2016) will be California state law as of January 1st, 2017. Signed last week by Governor Brown, the new law will keep tenant records private unless landlords win an eviction suit. Previously, due to a loophole in California law, tenants had to prevail in any eviction suit within 60 days, or their records were released regardless of the suit’s eventual outcome. [Read more…]

$68 Million Settlement in LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Fraud Case

$68 Million Settlement in LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Fraud Case

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in a nationwide class action lawsuit charging that LifeLock, Inc. defrauded them with regard to identity theft protection services. A California federal judge has granted final approval to a $68 million settlement of this lawsuit, based on consumer complaints centering on accusations that LifeLock delivered false statements about its services and failed to alert customers on a timely basis of potential identity theft. An estimated 3 million consumer class members will each receive $20 as part of the settlement. [Read more…]

State Farm Racketeering Case Now Set As Class Action Suit

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court

Lawsuit alleges State Farm campaigned illegally to elect a judge to vote against previous $1.05 billion judgment against the company

As reported by Law360 (subscription) and other news outlets, U.S. District Court Judge David Herndon has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of 4.7 million State Farm policyholders that alleges State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. carried out a racketeering enterprise aimed at defrauding the policyholders of a $1.05 billion judgment by getting a new judge elected to the Illinois Supreme court who would rule in State Farm’s favor to scuttle the judgment, previously approved by the Illinois appellate court. [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson Comments on the Fight or Settle Question Facing Offending Companies in TCPA Consumer Disputes

Daniel Hutchinson Comments on TCPA Consumer Disputes

Numerous companies have been hit with lawsuits regarding their alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). In these cases, the complaints involve robocalls, unsolicited text messages, and unwanted phone calls plaguing consumers. The big question for defendants facing these kinds of lawsuits is whether to push back on the accusations of offensive, intrusive spam marketing via litigation or to just quickly settle matters. [Read more…]