Leaked Emails Describe Toxic, Sexist Workplace at Apple Inc.

Leaked Emails Describe Toxic, Sexist Workplace at Apple Inc.

Major tech giant Apple Inc. has come under scrutiny for leaked emails, which describe a toxic, hostile, and sexist workplace. Incidences of gender discrimination, sexual assault, and harassment are not uncommon in a company’s culture, especially when it comes to the technology sector. The Cupertino-based multinational consumer company is not the only place where employees have reported this type of work environment. [Read more…]

GM Auto Recall of 4.3 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Software Defect

GM Auto Recall of 4.3 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Software Defect

General Motors will voluntarily recall nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide due to an airbag software defect linked to at least one death and three injuries in the United States. The defect purportedly prevents the airbags from inflating in a car accident. The auto recall affects about 3.64 million vehicles in the U.S., including trucks, cars, and SUVs with the 2014-2017 model years. [Read more…]

Are Toymakers Allowing Your Kids to be Tracked Online?

Are Toymakers Allowing Your Kids to be Tracked Online?

Major toymakers have been accused of permitting third-party vendors, including marketing and advertising companies, to track the online activities of children on their websites. Viacom Inc.; Mattel Inc., Hasbro Inc.; and JumpStart Games Inc. have been charged with violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). These toymakers will pay a combined fine of $835,000 for their wrongdoing. [Read more…]

Study Finds Majority of Parents Give Their Children Wrong Dose of Liquid Medication

Study Finds Majority of Parents Give Their Children Wrong Dose of Liquid Medication

A study by various pediatric clinics located in New York, Atlanta, and California has discovered that the majority of parents unknowingly provide their children with the wrong dosage of liquid medication. This is occurring in part because despite pediatric medicines including a measuring tool with related instructions, often the units on the label – milliliters, mL, teaspoon, tsp., tablespoon – differ from what’s on the tools themselves. [Read more…]

Bosch Said to Have Played Critical Role in Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal Since 2008

Bosch Involvement in VW Diesel Emissions Scandal

Auto supplier Robert Bosch has been accused of conspiring with Volkswagen to produce the technology that would help the German automaker fraudulently pass standard emissions tests in its diesel vehicles. Numerous media outlets, such as The New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and Jalopnik, have reported that Bosch asked VW to provide legal protection while the emissions cheating software was in development eight years ago. Despite VW’s reported refusal to indemnify Bosch, Bosch continued with the production of this defeat device. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Featured on AAJ Education’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop

Annika K. Martin Featured on AAJ Education’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be presenting information and guiding discussion at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Education’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop on November 3-4, 2016 in Washington D.C. The two-day program will concentrate on effective techniques in legal writing and how excellence in legal writing is an essential skill for all trial attorneys. [Read more…]

Upcoming FDA Public Hearing on Off-Label Drug and Device Use

Upcoming FDA Public Hearing on Off-Label Drug and Device Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public hearing forum to take place on November 9-10, 2016 with regard to the enforcement of rules relating to off-label drug and medical product use in the public health industry. The registration deadline to present at the hearing is October 19, 2016, and the deadline for written commentary after the hearing is January 9, 2017. [Read more…]

Why Drug Prices Skyrocket Despite Market Competition

Pharmacy

The LA Times has published an excellent piece on the skyrocketing costs of U.S. prescription drugs despite marketplace competition. The absence of competition for a good or service traditionally provides fertile ground for cost escalation and price-gouging, classic greedy anticompetitive behavior, but the Times’ article explores the prevalence of continuing drug cost escalations in the U.S. even where competition does exist. [Read more…]

Second Biggest Whistleblower Payout in History Reaches $22 Million

Second Biggest Whistleblower Payout in History Reaches $22 Million

In the second largest whistleblower payout ever, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is paying $22 million to a former Monsanto Co. executive, a corporate insider who provided a “detailed tip and extensive assistance” in stopping illicit, fraudulent activity relating to the company’s reported sales of Roundup, reported Bloomberg and other journals. [Read more…]

Money Over Cars: 210,000 VW Diesel Owners Decide on Vehicle Buyback

Money Over Cars: 210,000 VW Diesel Owners Decide on Vehicle Buyback

Out of the 475,000 Volkswagen 2.0 liter diesel engine owners, approximately 210,000 individuals have chosen to partake in the $14.7 billion settlement that is awaiting final court approval. Under the settlement terms, VW and Audi owners have the option of selling their cars back to the dealership or having them fixed to meet U.S. environmental standards and clean air laws. In addition, owners will receive $5,100 to $10,000 compensation for their time and trouble during this scandal. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Listed in 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers 2017 Edition

The Best Lawyers in America, a legal peer-review publication, has announced its 2017 listing of outstanding attorneys and leading lawyers nationwide, including 18 Lieff Cabraser attorneys. The 23rd Edition of the publication includes 54,905 attorneys in 140 practice areas across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and is based on over 7.3 million evaluations.
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VW Emissions Case Looks Towards Settlement Over 3.0 Liter Engine Cars

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

At a hearing today in federal court in San Francisco before District Court Judge Charles M. Breyer, meaningful progress was reported towards a settlement between Volkswagen and over 650 U.S. VW franchise dealerships over vehicles “rendered unsellable” by the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The parties announced a proposed deal that includes a settlement fund as well as a buyback plan for used diesel vehicles that Law360 (subscription) noted would be “under the same terms available to owners of 2.0-liter vehicles” under the earlier-announced $14.7 billion settlement. The value of the proposed settlement fund for dealerships was not disclosed. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Featured on ABTL Panel Discussing Legal Artificial Intelligence

Dean Harvey Featured on ABTL Panel Discussing Legal Artificial Intelligence

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be featured as a distinguished speaker on an Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) panel titled “Are Computers About to Eat Your Lunch (Or At Least Change the Way You Practice)?” The event will take place on August 30, 2016 at The Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. [Read more…]

John Spragens Joins Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum 2016

John Spragens joins Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum 2016

Lieff Cabraser attorney John Spragens has been selected to participate in the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum 2016-2017 class. The professional development program offers emerging leaders in the legal profession opportunities to learn, collaborate, network, and serve the local community and the profession. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Provides In-Depth Interview on VW Emissions Litigation

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Autoblog has published an in-depth interview with Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser focusing on the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and her role as Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation surrounding VW’s 2015 admission that it had doctored engine software in millions of vehicles to produce reduced emissions during formal testing. In late July 2016 Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court granted preliminary approval to a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case, where more than 500 federal lawsuits have been filed and consolidated into one complaint against the automaker for its “dirty diesel” vehicles. [Read more…]

$30.4 Million TCPA Settlement Against Wells Fargo

TCPA Settlement Announced Against Wells Fargo

Judge Richard W. Story of the Northern District of Georgia has granted preliminary approval to a $30.4 million settlement with Wells Fargo on consumer claims that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) with the use of an autodialer, artificial voice technology, or prerecorded messages to call cellphones about account overdrafts. [Read more…]

Consumers Overwhelmingly Want Access to Legal System Currently Denied by Major Banks

Bank Misconduct

A 2016 study by The Pew Charitable Trusts notes that consumer disputes with banks over fees and policies are on the rise. Of particular concern are mandatory arbitration clauses found in 90% of bank account agreements. These forced arbitration provisions steer consumers to third-party decision-makers whose decisions are usually binding, giving the consumer limited or no opportunity to appeal. Such provisions also prohibit consumer bank customers from seeking any remedy in an impartial court of law. [Read more…]