Nashville Business Journal Recognizes Lieff Cabraser Nashville at 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Luncheon

Kenny S. Byrd, Mark P. Chalos, and Laura B. Heimann of LCHB Nashville

The Nashville Business Journal recognized Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Nashville attorneys and staff during its 2017 Best Places to Work awards luncheon today at the Omni Nashville Hotel. It was a packed event with 400+ attendees from more than 35 winning businesses in the Nashville area. The annual event celebrates companies’ culture and workplace atmosphere as scored by employees. (Shown in photo are attorneys Kenny S. Byrd, Mark P. Chalos, and Laura B. Heiman). [Read more…]

Philadelphia Jury Awards $20 Million in Pelvic Mesh Injury Case

Surgical Mesh Injury Case

A state jury in Pennsylvania has awarded $20 million to a woman who suffered series injuries she alleged related to her vaginal mesh implant. Plaintiff Peggy Engleman’s 2013 lawsuit claimed that the mesh medical device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon was defective and that patients receiving the surgical mesh had not been adequately warned of its risks. [Read more…]

Final Approval Granted to $225 Million Barr Labs Settlement in Cipro Antitrust Litigation

Final Approval Granted to $225 Million Barr Labs Settlement in Cipro Antitrust Litigation

On April 21, 2017, Judge Ronald L. Styn of the Superior Court of California granted final approval to a $225 million settlement with Barr Laboratories in the Cipro Antitrust litigation. Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel represent California consumers and third party payors in the class action lawsuit charging that Bayer Corporation, Barr Laboratories, and the HMR Defendants colluded to block consumer access to affordable, generic versions of Cipro through a massive $398.1 million payment by Bayer to Barr and other generic drug makers. [Read more…]

Federal Court Authorizes Class Actions to Assure Fairness for Veterans’ Claims

Federal Court Authorizes Class Actions to Assure Fairness for Veterans' Claims

April 26, 2017–(Washington, DC)–In the summer of 2016, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of Administrative Law Professors and Complex Litigation Law Professors in Monk v. Shulkin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in support of Conley F. Monk, Jr.’s petition to certify a class action over the claims of thousands of veterans whose benefits claims had been delayed or denied. Citing in part that amicus brief, on April 26, 2017, the Court issued a precedential opinion holding, for the first time, that the Veterans Courts have authority to certify classes in the absence of an express Rule 23 or similar device to promote efficiency and fairness. [Read more…]

San Francisco Federal Judge Grants Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Stopping Enforcement of Executive Order Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

The Constitution of the United States of America

In January and February of 2017, the City and County of San Francisco (California) and the County of Santa Clara (California) filed lawsuits to stop enforcement of President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.” These complaints were ultimately supported by 36 cities and counties in California and across the country, from Jersey City to New Orleans to Seattle, and all parts in between. On April 14, 2017, the Court heard arguments on the Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction against the executive order as unconstitutional and harmful to the public nationwide. On April 25, 2017, Judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the Plaintiffs’ request and issued a nationwide preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the executive order against jurisdictions deemed sanctuary jurisdictions. [Read more…]

“Where are the Gatekeepers?” Bruce Leppla to Speak at the Investment Company Institute May 2017 General Members Meeting

Bruce Leppla to Speak at the Investment Company Institute May 2017 General Members Meeting

Lieff Cabraser attorney Bruce W. Leppla will be speaking at the Investment Company Institute’s May 4, 2017 General Members Meeting on “Where are the Gatekeepers? The Need for Investment Firm Oversight of the Capital Markets.” Mr. Leppla and his partners represent institutional investors in major class and opt-out investment loss recovery litigation in circumstances where such losses are due to fraud or serious corporate misconduct. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights Sarah Knuckey Wins Columbia Presidential Teaching Award

Lieff Cabraser Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights Sarah Knuckey Wins Columbia Presidential Teaching Award

Columbia Law School has announced that Sarah Knuckey, the Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights, has received a 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty. The award is presented annually at the Law School’s Commencement ceremony and honors a small number of instructors nominated by the Columbia community who display a commitment to excellent and innovative teaching. [Read more…]

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina Business Court Judge Michael Robinson has denied the Carolinas HealthCare System’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the hospital giant of driving up health care costs through illegal efforts to prevent competition. The lawsuit, filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in September of 2016, accuses CHS of placing improper contract restrictions on insurers forbidding them from guiding customers to lower-cost competing hospitals. [Read more…]

Target Recalls Easter Toys Due to Child Safety Hazards

Target Recalls Easter Toys Due to Child Safety Hazards

Major retailer Target is recalling more than half a million Easter toys due to risks that children can eat the toys, which ingestion can cause intestinal obstructions, severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and can even be life-threatening. A “Fast Track Recall” was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday for 560,000 water-absorbent Hatch and Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino that are sold at Target for a dollar each. [Read more…]

NFL Concussion Lawsuits Move Forward To Involve Opt-Out Cases

NFL Concussion Lawsuits Move Forward To Involve Opt-Out Cases

In the multidistrict NFL concussion litigation, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that former NFL players who opted out of the original April 2015 settlement will be able to file a new complaint. These 53 opt-out cases involve 153 former NFL players, including football stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, “who decided not to join the 22,000 others taking part in an uncapped settlement related to concussions and degenerative neurological conditions resulting from their playing days,” according to Law360. Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman has been named class counsel and will be representing the opt-out plaintiffs in the litigation. [Read more…]