The 10 Male Lawyer Behaviors Female Lawyers Find Most Annoying

Most annoying male lawyer behaviors

In an article on Law.com (subscription), The Careerist discusses “10 Male Behaviors That Annoy Female Lawyers.” The list was drawn from comments by exasperated female readers in the wake of earlier advice offered by The Careerist (“How Women Can Be Assertive and Loveable”), responding with how fed up they are with being told how to behave professionally. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin to Lead Discussion on Proportionality at 2016 Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum

Annika K. Martin to Lead Discussion on Proportionality at 2016 Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum

The second annual Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum will be held on September 23, 2016 at the Minneapolis Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event’s first discussion group, “Proportionality a year after the Amendments,” will be led by Annika K. Martin of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Jacksy Bilsborrow of Weitz & Luxenberg, and Zachary Wool of Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix and will focus on revisiting the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

As reported by The Tennessean, the convicted stalker in the Erin Andrews peephole nude video case cannot escape the jury’s $28 million judgment against him through bankrupcty. Federal bankruptcy court Judge Trish Brown has ruled that Michael David Barrett, Andrews’ stalker, must pay the judgment stemming from the 2008 violation in full. [Read more…]

LG Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement Claims Period Begins

LG Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement Claims Period Begins

Owners of some LG brand front-loading washers can now submit claims as part of the settlement of several class action lawsuits brought on claims that the machines fail to adequately self-clean. Judge Faith S. Hochberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has granted preliminary approval to settlements of the suits, which alleged that certain LG brand front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2002 and 2006 fail to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry. All claims must be submitted by October 10, 2016. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin and Mark Chalos to Moderate Discussion at 2016 Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum

Annika K. Martin and Mark Chalos to Moderate Discussion at 2016 Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum

Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Annika K. Martin are excited to be a part of the moderation team for the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s July 23rd Judges Forum. The Institute’s annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges is the consumer bar’s most significant outreach to the judiciary. Held annually since 1992, it is a full–day educational program open only to judges. The Forum provides a direct, intensive substantive experience, with original research written by prominent academics, commentary by experts from both sides of the bar, and small group discussions, creating an opportunity for judges, legal scholars, and practicing attorneys to come together for an open dialogue about major issues affecting civil justice in America. [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin Speaks at PLI California Trial Advocacy Program 2016 Seminar

Brendan Glackin Speaks at PLI California Trial Advocacy Program 2016 Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Brendan P. Glackin will be participating in the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) California Trial Advocacy 2016 Seminar on August 3 in San Francisco, California. Mr. Glackin will be featured on a distinguished panel of guests, presenting as part of a panel and live webcast titled “Direct Examination; Trial Objections,” which will cover witness preparation, organizing direct examinations, the utilization of documents as evidence, and how to make key trial objections. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement – Substantial Compensation to Owners and Lessees

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

Class and government settlements create funding pool of up to $10.033 billion for affected consumers plus $4.7 billion for environmental impact to hold VW accountable for emissions conduct

San Francisco, CA — A class-wide settlement filed June 28, 2016 by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Re-Elected to Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Board, Executive Committee

Mark P. Chalos re-elected to Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association board

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos was re-elected to the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA, and formerly known as Tennessee Association for Justice) during their recent annual conference. Mr. Chalos was also re-appointed to the TTLA Executive Committee. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Talks to Law360 About the Invalidated Visa MasterCard Antitrust Settlement

Dean Harvey Talks to Law360 About Invalidated Visa MasterCard Antitrust Settlement

The Second Circuit has invalidated a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement between Visa and MasterCard relating to interchange fees. A June 30 Law360 article (subscription) sees this as a “powerful signal” that class reps must be extremely careful about seeking case resolutions that might “[compromise] someone else’s fundamentally conflicting interests.” [Read more…]

Risperdal Injury Trial Leads to $70 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Pennsylvania

Risperdal gynecomastia injuries and lawsuits

Law360 reports (subscription) that Johnson & Johnson received a $70 million verdict on a Philadelphia Risperdal injury case where side effectsd of the widely-prescribed antipsychotic drug caused an adolescent boy to grow prominent breasts. This verdict is significantly higher than other recent Pennsylvania Risperdal injury judgments against J&T over allegations that the drug caused breast growth. [Read more…]

NHTSA to 300,000 Honda and Acura Drivers: Stop Driving Immediately Before Your Airbags Explode

Takata Airbag Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) says new tests show the airbags on 300,000 Acura and Honda vehicles have a 50% chance of exploding in an accident, which can send deadly shards of metal and debris shooting through the passenger compartment like shrapnel. That compares to an only 1% chance of airbag explosions in other vehicles. [Read more…]

$127 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Lawsuits

$127 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Lawsuits

New Jersey-based health care company Johnson & Johnson has lost two trials in St. Louis over claims its talcum baby powder product is linked to ovarian cancer. The verdicts total $127 million – $55 million was awarded to plaintiff Gloria Ristesund in May 2016 and $72 million to the estate of Jacqueline Fox in February. [Read more…]

Compensation for Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Victims

Compensation for Volkswagen's Diesel Emissions Victims

Working with plaintiffs’ counsel and lawyers for Volkswagen, the federal government has reached a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, deemed “one of the largest consumer class action payouts in American history” by the New York Times. Owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles will be provided with substantial compensation through buybacks, lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments. As noted by the Times, the settlement “should also act as a deterrent to future bad behavior by companies that deliberately violate rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment.” [Read more…]

Blue Shield of California May Be Shortchanging Consumers

Blue Shield of California May Be Shortchanging Consumers

California’s third largest healthcare plan, Blue Shield, is under scrutiny for allegedly shortchanging consumers by not adequately paying back policyholders for excessive administrative spending in 2014. About 3.4 million customers that participate in Blue Shield of California health plans, but these charges only pertain to the nearly 500,000 Californians who are on an individual plan, as opposed to one purchased through an employer. [Read more…]

Nationwide Ikea Furniture Recall: 29 Million Dressers Recalled after Six Children Killed

Ikea Furniture Recall: 29 Million Dressers Recalled after Six Children Killed

Swedish retailer Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers in the United States and Canada after the death of six children linked to a severe furniture tip-over hazard when the pieces are not properly secured. All of the children killed were 3 years old or younger. [Read more…]

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement Provides Substantial Compensation to Owners and Lessees, Removes Polluting Vehicles from Road, and Remediates Environmental Damage

VW Diesel Emission Vehicles

Class and government settlements create funding pool of up to $10.033 billion for affected consumers plus $4.7 billion for environmental impact to hold VW accountable for emissions conduct

San Francisco, CA — A class-wide settlement filed today by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. [Read more…]

$1 Billion Settlement Approved in NFL Concussion Case

$1 Billion Settlement Approved in NFL Concussion Case

Last April, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody approved an uncapped settlement of nearly $1 billion in the NFL concussion class action lawsuit, where about 5,000 former professional football players sought damages for their suffering from concussions and head trauma linked to playing pro football. These repetitive head injuries could lead to a degenerative brain condition known as CTE. [Read more…]

Influential Women In Securities Law: Elizabeth Cabraser

Most Influential Women in Securities Law

As part of its series on Influential Women in Securities Law, Law360 (subscription) has published a profile of Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser. As the publication notes, “Long before Bernie Madoff left a permanent mark on the way regulators think about Ponzi schemes, Cabraser and her firm were going after fraudsters who flew below the SEC’s radar and targeted retirees with in-person pitches.” [Read more…]

Pro Publica: Why Drug Testing’s Omission of Pregnant Women May Have Led to Zofran Birth Defect Injuries

California Parents File Zofran Lawsuit Against GlaxoSmithKline

Pro Publica has published a lengthy article exploring how the medical establishment’s long-standing approach to “protecting” fetuses by restricting testing on pregnant women has resulted in a critical shortfall of knowledge. While the intention was mostly good — to protect women and babies from the kind of severe birth defects and other harm caused by thalidomide and other drugs in the 1960s and ‘70s (but also to protect pharmaceutical companies from legal liability for those injuries) — the result is less certain. By excluding women — and pregnant women in particular — from clinical trials, doctors have been forced into prescribing untried medications “off-label” to pregnant women, with results that can lead to serious negative health consequences for mothers, and birth defects for babies. [Read more…]