Los Angeles Opposes Trump Withholding Federal Money from Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary Cities Fight

As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles is one of 36 jurisdictions that filed brief in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday opposing an executive order threatening to keep federal funds away from sanctuary cities. San Francisco has a pending lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Trump’s intended financial punishment of cities that fail to fall into lockstep with a federal immigration crackdown. A similar brief was filed a week earlier by a similar group of affected jurisdictions in support of a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara on the same issue. [Read more…]

Tech General Counsel Need to Guide HR Departments to Avoid Major Crises

High tech employment discrimination, harassment

The Recorder (subscription) examines recent tech employment scandals and advises companies to have their general counsel “work more closely with human resource departments if they want to avoid…explosive discrimination allegations” seen so prominently in recent months. Calling out Uber and Tesla, the article makes it clear that if companies don’t work hard to improve their diversity numbers, complaints of discrimination problems are not going to go away. [Read more…]

Wendy Fleishman to Speak at Mass Torts Judicial Forum in New York City

Mass Torts Forum 2017 NYC

On Monday, April 3, 2017, Lieff Cabraser attorney Wendy Fleishman will speak at the Mass Torts Judicial Conference presented by JAMS mediation, arbitration, and dispute resolution service and featuring the Honorable Marina Corodemus (ret.). Covering topics including E-Discovery, Discrimination, the Media, Jurisdiction, and Ethics, the day-long program was assembled and arranged by Judge Corodemus, who hand-picked the speakers and will run the conference event. [Read more…]

36 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Halt Trump Administration’s Threats Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

Justice

A Diverse Coalition of Jurisdictions Says President Trump’s Executive Order Threatening Withholding of Funds is Unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (BusinessWire) —Thirty-six cities and counties across the country are asking a federal court to halt President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.” The coalition filed an amicus brief in San Francisco federal court today to support the City and County of San Francisco’s lawsuit against the President, arguing the executive order is unconstitutional and that the public would suffer irreparable harm unless the order was halted nationwide. The case, City and County of San Francisco v. Trump, Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, is currently pending before the Honorable United States Judge William H. Orrick. Last week, a very similar group of thirty-four cities and counties filed an amicus brief in support of the County of Santa Clara’s lawsuit against the President, also seeking to halt the executive order nationwide. That case is County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Case No. 5:17-cv-00574, and is also pending before Judge Orrick. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Law360 “Sidebar” Profile – On Playing Drums & Life on the Road

Elizabeth Cabraser

Law360 has profiled Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser in a “Sidebar” article entitled “On Playing Drums and Life on the Road.”As the profile notes, “Over the past 40 years, Elizabeth Cabraser has become a true titan of the plaintiffs bar, leading groundbreaking securities class actions and multidistrict litigations and helping pension funds, workers and consumers recover from Wall Street frauds, scandalous automotive defects and environmental disasters.” [Read more…]

Redesigned Olympus Medical Scopes Still Push Deadly Bacteria

Redesigned Olympus Medical Scope Still Push Deadly Bacteria

In an attempt to reduce the spread of bacteria between patients, Olympus redesigned and modified its duodenoscope medical devices last year. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now reports that five patients were infected with deadly bacteria after being treated with the updated devices, which were approved by the FDA in early 2016. [Read more…]

Laura Heiman Working To Form TTLA Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus

Laura Heiman Working To Form TTLA Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus

Lieff Cabraser associate Laura B. Heiman is actively working to create a Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus within the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA). The Caucus aims to expand the reach of the Association while creating additional networking, referral, and mentorship opportunities for female trial attorneys in Tennessee. [Read more…]

34 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Halt Trump Administration’s Threats Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

Justice

A Diverse Coalition of Jurisdictions Says President Trump’s Executive Order Threatening Withholding of Funds is Unconstitutional

Thirty-four cities and counties across the country are asking a federal court to halt President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.”  The coalition filed an amicus brief in San Francisco federal court today to support the County of Santa Clara’s lawsuit against the President, arguing the executive order is unconstitutional and that the public would suffer irreparable harm unless the order was halted nationwide.  The case, County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Case No. 5:17-cv-00574, is currently pending before the Honorable United States Judge William H. Orrick.
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Pharmacist Acquitted of Murder, Guilty of Conspiracy & Racketeering in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

Pharmacist Acquitted of Murder, Guilty of Conspiracy & Racketeering in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that was spread through contaminated steroid injections seriously injured over 700 hundred patients across the U.S. and killed 64. The steroid manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts, sold the contaminated medication to physicians and care providers at numerous pain clinics nationwide. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Featured as Panelist on AAJ Diversity in Law Webinar

Annika K. Martin Featured as Panelist on AAJ Diversity in Law Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be speaking on March 27, 2017 as part of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Membership Webinar: Diversity in Law. The webinar will explore the various issues facing diversity recruitment including best practices in hiring and retaining diverse attorneys, the positive impacts a diverse trial team can have on clients and juries, and how a diverse firm can optimally grow its practice. [Read more…]