Law360 has published its in-depth review of Lieff Cabraser’s Consumer Protection practice group, selected by the publication as a “Practice Group of the Year.” As the publication noted, the firm “represented consumers in some of the most high-profile cases of the year, including the Volkswagen litigation where founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser headed the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, representing the largest known consumer class settlement at $14.7 billion.”
As practice group co-head and New York office partner Jonathan Selbin told Law360, “We try to figure out innovative ways to hold companies accountable to everyone they harmed … so that they’re forced to take a serious and hard look at the way they’re doing business, and hopefully change it.” As Law360 went on to note, “Indeed, [the firm] gave VW several billion reasons to change its practices.”
Law360 observed that the group, co-headed by San Francisco-based partner Michael Sobol, “helped secure more than $2 billion in settlements related to General Motors defective ignition switches as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs” and highlighted its work on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in national consumer litigation over dangerous defects in air bags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corp.
The article also discusses the firm’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases, which have won over $270 million on behalf of consumers who have received abusive and harassing debt collection calls, and then poses questions about potential shifts in these kinds of cases in the new year.
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Read the full piece on Law360 (subscription).