$67 Million Settlement Proposed in BP Solar Panel Case

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A proposed $67 million settlement has been reached between BP LLC and a consumer class of solar panel owners who claim the oil company sold defective solar panels to California residents. The claimed flaw was in the junction box component of the products, which caused the solar panels to fail, resulting in loss of electric current and risk of fire. These solar panels cannot be repaired and therefore must be removed and replaced. [Read more…]

Wage Theft May Be America’s Biggest Crime Wave

Wage Theft May Be America’s Biggest Crime Wave

In the year 2012, federal and state agencies recovered $933 million for wage theft victims. Research conducted by the Economic Policy Institute estimated that workers in America lose $20 to $50 billion annually to employers who are not paying workers what they’re legally owed. That’s not a misprint. Wage theft can come in many different forms — not paying employees the federal, state, or local minimum wage, failing to pay overtime, or the dismissal of job promotions. [Read more…]

R-23s to Perform at Ms. JD’s 8/22 Annual Global Education Fund Cocktail Benefit

R-23s to Perform at Ms. JD’s 8/22 Annual Global Education Fund Cocktail Benefit

Lieff Cabraser is a Rockstar Sponsor of the firm band, The R-23s, who will be performing at Ms. JD’s Fourth Annual Cocktail Benefit for the Global Education Fund on August 22, 2016 at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco. This year’s benefit will help raise funds in support of scholarships for eight inspiring women pursuing law at Makerere University in Uganda. [Read more…]

Alleged Bank Fraud Leads to Potential $100 Million Whistleblower Payout

Alleged bank fraud leads to potential $100 million whistleblower payout

According to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis, the U.S. government may soon award the largest whistleblower payout in history – up to $100 million total – after three former bank employees alerted authorities to alleged mistreatment of foreign-currency-trading clients by State Street Corp. and the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. [Read more…]

VW Gets Court OK On Program To Scrap Cheating Diesel Cars

VW Diesel Emissions Scandal Settlement

As reported by the Associated Press and numerous other media outlets, Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District court in San Francisco has issued an order authorizing a test program proposed by Volkswagen for scrapping a set of repurchased vehicles to study the process, timing, costs and logistics of dismantling the violative autos and salvaging them for parts. [Read more…]

KOMO News: Whirlpool & LG Washer Mold Claim Periods Continue

KOMO News: Whirlpool & LG Washer Mold Claim Periods Continue

Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin recently spoke with NBC’s ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum on Seattle’s KOMO News 1000 FM 97.7 to discuss recent settlements relating to consumer lawsuits over smelly front-loading washing machines. In the class action lawsuits, owners of front-load washers complained that their Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, Sears, and LG-brand washing machines were defective, as the products failed to self-clean and resulted in foul-smelling bacteria, mold, and mildew build-ups. [Read more…]

Infant Deaths at Maryland Hospital Lead to Discovery of Dangerous Pseudomonas Bacteria

Incubator In Post Natal Hospital Department

As reported by the Washington Post and other local media, the presence of potentially fatal Pseudomonas bacteria in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Prince George’s County Hospital Center was uncovered in the wake of the deaths of two infants. While the facts relating to the cause of those deaths are unclear, the hospital has closed the NICU and is relocating the remaining patients. [Read more…]

Smelly Front-Loading Whirlpool, LG Washer Cases Settle

Smelly Front-Loading Whirlpool, LG Washer Cases Settle

Owners of some Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag front loader washing machines, manufactured between 2001 and 2010, can now submit claims as part of a settlement of the case. As reported by Herb Weisman, NBC News’ ConsumerMan, all claims must be submitted by the October 11, 2016 deadline. A separate settlement was announced relating to similar issues in LG washers. [Read more…]

Sarah London Named Executive Committee Member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts

Sarah London Named Executive Committee Member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London has been appointed as an Executive Committee Member of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. London has been active in the AAJ on an ongoing basis, including in many litigation-specific groups. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin Earns AAJ Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Jonathan Selbin Earns AAJ Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin has been honored with the American Association for Justice Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award praises and recognizes members of the Board of Governors who have gone above and beyond to carry out the AAJ’s mission, and have been of particular special assistance to the President of the Association. [Read more…]

Judge Rakoff Calls Consumer “Consent” to Online Arbitration Agreements a Legal Fiction

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In a court ruling regarding alleged Uber price-fixing, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff states in no uncertain terms that when it comes to online arbitration agreements, consumer consent is nothing more than a “legal fiction.” [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin Writes Piece on Trial Witness Management for the California Daily Journal

Brendan Glackin on Witness Challenges

Lieff Cabraser partner Brendan Glackin has written an article for the Daily Journal entitled “Once a Witness is On the Stand, Things Can Only Go Wrong” about the challenges attorneys face when their clients take the stand in court. While the dramatic aspects of unexpected reveals are often larger in the criminal context, the piece notes that civil cases can nevertheless present worrisome challenges at the moment when clients are put before a courtroom to face open-ended questions. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named to Law360’s Inaugural List of Top 50 Litigation Powerhouse Firms

Litigation Powerhouse Lieff Cabraser

We are delighted to announce that Law360 has chosen Lieff Cabraser for its inaugural list of “Litigation Powerhouses,” the Top 50 Firms for Litigation (subscription), firms that have demonstrated “historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation, jaw-dropping jury verdicts, and dramatic upsets on appeal.” As the publication notes, “Law360 editors weighed the nature of the litigation victories the teams were able to score for clients at trial, on appeal, or in pretrial dismissals over the past year, and eyed the new matters clients have tapped the firm to handle in recent months, choosing the firms that consistently leveraged a deep bench into outstanding wins.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical for Damages Caused by Abilify Prescription Drug

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Gambling addiction lawsuit alleges claims including Strict Liability, Negligent Misrepresentation, and Fraudulent Concealment, and seeks damages for neuropsychiatric, mental, physical, and economic damages, as well as punitive damages

Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces that Rikki Carlson of Fall River, Massachusetts, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (“Defendants”) for damages suffered as a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ wrongful conduct in connection with the development, design, testing, labeling, packaging, promoting, advertising, marketing, distribution, and selling of the blockbuster prescription drug Abilify.

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Court Grants Preliminary Approval to $14.7 Billion Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Scandal

VW Diesel Emissions Scandal Settlement

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and numerous other outlets, U.S. District Judges Charles Breyer has 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. In late 2015, the German carmaker publicly admitted that it had rigged emissions production in the diesel engines of approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Elected Co-Chair of AAJ Class Action Litigation Group

Annika K. Martin Elected Co-Chair of AAJ Class Action Litigation Group

At the American Association for Justice’s 2016 annual conference, Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin was elected Co-Chair of the AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group. The Class Action Litigation Group creates a forum for attorneys to share ideas, discovery, and litigation strategies, allowing AAJ members to network and work collaboratively on class action cases. [Read more…]

Bloomberg BNA: “Rock Stars in the Courtroom & On Stage”

Bloomberg BNA: Rock Stars in the Courtroom & On Stage

Bloomberg BNA profiles Lieff Cabraser’s in-house rock band, The R-23s, in an article entitled “Rock Stars in the Courtroom & On Stage.” The band recently participated in a battle of the bands fundraiser for the Family Violence Appellate Project in San Francisco in June, winning the Judge’s Choice Award. [Read more…]

Nicholas Diamand Elected Chair of AAJ Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group

Nicholas Diamand Elected Chair of AAJ Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group

At the American Association for Justice’s 2016 annual conference, Lieff Cabraser partner Nicholas Diamand was elected Chair of the AAJ’s Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group. [Read more…]