Anne Shaver to Speak at 35th Annual National Continuing Legal Education Conference

Anne Shaver to Speak at 35th Annual National Continuing Legal Education Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at the 35th Annual National CLE Labor and Employment Conference from January 3-7, 2018 at the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort in Colorado. Ms. Shaver will be featured as a distinguished panelist, presenting on “Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation” from 7:30-8:00am on Saturday, January 6. [Read more…]

Seeking an End to Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

Seeking an End to Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

On December 6, sexual harassment survivor and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson joined several members of Congress in unveiling new legislation restoring the rights of sexual harassment survivors to hold their workplace abusers publicly accountable in court. Although workplace sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, corporations use forced arbitration provisions in employment contracts and handbooks to silence women and cover-up the illegal behavior of abusers. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation aims to restore workers’ rights by putting an end to the abusive practice of forced arbitration in workplace sex discrimination claims and ensuring every survivor of sexual harassment has a chance to fight for justice in court. [Read more…]

California Utilities Commission Rules That Customers Will Not Pay Uninsured Costs of 2007 San Diego Fires

Northern California Wine Country Fires

The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously ruled that the San Diego Gas & Electric Company and not its customers will have to pay $379+ million in uninsured costs relating to the 2007 fires in Witch, Guejito, and Rice that killed two people and destroyed over 1,300 homes. As reported by the Ventura County Star, “Investigators found SDG&E failed to properly maintain its equipment and trim tree branches and chaparral growing near power lines, which arced and sparked as those infernos began.” San Diego Gas and its insurers did pay over $2 billion for filed claims, but the utility had sought to get its customers to pay for all remaining costs via rate hikes and other charges. [Read more…]

Nearly 350 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific Settled

Nearly 350 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific Settled

Nearly 350 lawsuits included in multidistrict litigation against Boston Scientific Corp. over defective pelvic mesh implants have been settled by a West Virginia federal judge. The case involves seven MDLs composed of 28,000 individual cases against Boston Scientific and other makers of mesh implants, such as American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., and Johnson & Johnson. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Partial Lift on Trump Administration Ban on Refugee Immigration

Immigration ban partially suspended

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart (Western District of Washington) has issued a preliminary injunction suspending the Trump administration’s directive that was operating to stop the unification of refugees with their families (“following to join” refugees) already located in the United States and also operating to suspend the admission of other refugees from 11 specific countries (including 7 identified in the administration’s original “Muslim ban” executive order) to the extent those refugees already have a relationship to a person or entity in the U.S. Lieff Cabraser has been working to assist the Washington American Civil Liberties Union in organizing arguments from the extensive amicus briefing, a project that is expected to continue on appeal. [Read more…]

Rollaway Injuries Prompt Fiat Chrysler Ram Truck Recall

U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

Company will recall 1.8 million Ram trucks that can dangerously shift out of park without warning

The New York Times reports that Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall of 1.8 million Ram trucks after receiving reports of 7 people suffering injuries after crashes the company admits “might be linked to the problem.” The company has linked the issue to the vehicles’ brake transmission shift interlock, “a device that normally prevents a vehicle from shifting out of park until the brake pedal is depressed.” Heat can apparently build up around the gearshift in a way that can cause the shift interlock device to fail. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit to Recover Taxpayer Monies from Prescription Opioid Manufacturers on Behalf of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Lawsuit seeks justice and restitution for Nashville’s ongoing battle against opioid crisis that has killed over 200 residents in 2017 alone

Nashville, TN—Mark P. Chalos of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee (“Nashville”), has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs to recover taxpayer money and resources spent to combat the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc on the Nashville community. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin on the Future of Class Actions in Bloomberg Law

Jonathan Selbin on the Future of Class Actions in Bloomberg Law

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court on jurisdictional limits to lawsuits may have a significant impact on the size and location of class action lawsuits

Bloomberg News is wrapping up 2017 with an examination of the future of class action law in light of Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court (“BMS”), a case focusing on jurisdictional limits on cases against corporations. “It’s too early to tell how the courts will apply BMS to class actions, but class action litigators are preparing to go to war over where class suits, particularly nationwide suits, can now be filed.” With overweening corporations as the target of most class suits, it seems clear the defense bar will push for a reduction in the scope and size of aggregate actions via what they see as BMS’s proscription of expanded jurisdiction, while plaintiffs will seek to convince courts that BMS is inapposite and should not be held to constrict use of the class action mechanism to obtain judgments for the fraudulent misconduct of the corporate world. [Read more…]

Connecticut Jury Finds Tech Support Workers Were “Willfully” Underpaid By Computer Sciences Corporation

Tech Support Workers Willfully Underpaid By Computer Sciences Corporation

Class Action Lawsuit Accused Leading Multinational IT Provider of Failing to Pay Overtime to Systems Administrators

NEW HAVEN, CT – A federal jury ruled late Wednesday that Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which recently merged with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services to form DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), wrongly and willfully denied overtime pay to approximately 1,000 current and former technology support workers around the country. After deliberating over two days, the Connecticut jury unanimously rejected CSC’s claim that its System Administrators in the “Associate Professional” and “Professional” job titles are exempt under federal, Connecticut and California law, ruling instead that the workers should have been classified as nonexempt and paid overtime. The jury found CSC’s violations to be willful, triggering additional damages. The misclassifications were made despite the fact that, in 2005, CSC paid $24 million to settle similar claims from a previous group of technical support workers. [Read more…]