New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban surgical mesh implants for all pelvic operations in response to safety concerns and reported mesh hazards. The order from the country’s Ministry of Health is intended to force mesh suppliers to stop marketing the mesh products or prove that they are safe to use. [Read more…]

Law360 Selects Michael Sobol as 2017 MVP for Cybersecurity and Privacy

Law360 Selects Michael Sobol as 2017 MVP for Cybersecurity and Privacy

Law360 has named Lieff Cabraser partner Michael W. Sobol a 2017 MVP for Cybersecurity and Privacy. Mr. Sobol is one of over 100 attorneys across 38 practice areas who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Featured at BASF Antitrust for HR Seminar

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Featured at BASF Antitrust for HR Seminar

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Lin Y. Chan and Dean M. Harvey will be speaking at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Antitrust for HR: No-Poach and Wage Fixing Agreements seminar on January 16, 2018. Ms. Chan will be moderating the panel, and Mr. Harvey will participate in the discussion. [Read more…]

New Federal Bill Seeks Jail Time for Nondisclosure of Data Breaches

Data Security Breaches

Wired reports on a new bill introduced in the Senate that wants to make nondisclosure of data breaches a jailable offense nationwide. Some states already have statutory penalties for companies that seek to hide data breaches, but the new bill would set a uniform approach for all 50 states. Under the current terms of the bill, failure to come forward within 30 days of a breach could lead to up to 5 years in prison for executives who attempt to cover up attacks leading to the improper exposure of private personal data. [Read more…]

Justice & Diversity Center’s Summer Associate Program Teaches Advocacy Skills Through Community Service

From left, Sarah Chen, Jeremy Pilaar, Aisha Saad, Phong Nguyen and Melissa Gardner

Summer associates from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein teamed up with San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center earlier this year to help a woman get her proper Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) benefits. (Shown in photo, from left, are Sarah Chen, Jeremy Pilaar, Aisha Saad, Phong Nguyen, and Melissa Gardner.) [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PG&E Over 2017 North Bay Fires

Northern California Wine Country Fires

San Francisco–Lieff Cabraser announces that Sky Vineyards, Skyla Olds, Nancy Hitchcock and Herman Bossano, Rebecca Bailey and Charles Holmes, and Transitioning Families have filed a class action lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (“PG&E”) and related parties for personal and business losses from the 2017 Northern California wildfires (the “North Bay Fires”) that occurred as a result of PG&E’s failure to properly and safely maintain its electrical infrastructure throughout the North Bay region. [Read more…]

Law360 Expert Analysis: COPPA Child Privacy Laws and Related Litigation

COPPA Child Privacy Laws and Related Litigation

Law360 has published an expert analysis piece on the state of privacy litigation under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501 et seq. The statute imposes strict requirements on commercial websites and online services that collect or maintain the personal information of children under the age of 13. The restrictions also apply to third-party vendors who acquire or otherwise interact with any of that information. Lieff Cabraser has been a forerunner in pursuing litigation on behalf of parents whose children’s data has been improperly acquired, shared, and monetized in a series of lawsuits against companies like Viacom and The Walt Disney Company as well as the creators of some vastly popular children’s games and apps like Subway Surfers. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in USA Today on Best Steps for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Kelly Dermody Talks to USA Today on Best Steps for Reporting Sexual Harassment

USA Today has published an article on the steps employees should take in the event of experiencing sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. The piece provides useful information to victims of inappropriate and harmful sexual behavior, and in light of variances between employers, laws, and states, USA Today consulted with lawyers to provide the best possible guidance. [Read more…]

223 Women Working in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment

“This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress.”

223 current and former female national security workers have signed an open letter saying that they “have survived sexual harassment and assault or know someone who has experienced it.” The list includes current and former diplomats, servicemembers, development workers, and civil servants, and calls for mandatory training and outside data collection on how often sexual harassment occurs, as well as stronger reporting. “This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress. These abuses are born of imbalances of power and environments that permit such practices while silencing and shaming their survivors.” [Read more…]