Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging “Subway Surfers” App Violates Child Online Privacy Protection Laws

COPPA Child Data Violations Lawsuit

Parents in California and New York have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and their children alleging that the popular mobile app game Subway Surfers violates privacy protection laws by exporting their children’s personal information to advertising networks without obtaining required parental consent. [Read more…]

Law360 Plaintiffs Bar Perspective With David Stellings

David Stellings Law360 Plaintiffs Bar Perspective

Law360 has published a Plaintiffs Bar Perspective with Lieff Cabraser partner David S. Stellings. In the Q&A, David offers insights gained from two decades at the forefront of the complex litigation world, including leadership roles on cases like the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud MDL. As Law360 notes, “For the last 20 years, Stellings has focused on consumer fraud, financial fraud, product liability and breach of contract cases, recovering more than $14 billion for his clients.” [Read more…]

NHTSA Investigating Ford Explorer SUV Exhaust Fume Leaks

NHTSA Investigating Ford Explorer SUV Exhaust Fume Leaks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expanding its investigation into complaints about leaky exhaust fumes in Ford Explorer SUVs, adding 400,000 vehicles to bring the total review pool up to over 1.3 million Explorers with model years ranging from 2011-2017. Fume leaks inside the Ford vehicles have reportedly led to numerous instances of driver impairment. [Read more…]

Expert in 1st CA Talc Cancer Trial Says Talc is Toxic, Causes Cancer

Talcum powder, baby powder

In the first California jury trial on claims that long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products can cause ovarian cancer, plaintiff’s expert toxicologist and pharmacologist Laura Plunkett testified that talc is toxic and causes cancer. Based on her experience and training as well as review of relevant scientific literature, Plunkett determined that “talc is toxic, and when used on a woman’s genital area, can cause ovarian cancer….” As noted by Law360 (subscription), Plunkett cited studies indicating regular small-dose application of talc was “key” to seeing the potentially lethal effects. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos to Discuss Auto Defect Litigation at September TTLA Auto Accident Seminar

Mark Chalos to Discuss Auto Defect Litigation at September TTLA Auto Accident Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos is scheduled to speak at the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) Auto Accident Seminar on September 28, 2017 at the AT&T Building in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Chalos will be discussing “Auto Defect Litigation” from 3:00-4:00pm CDT. [Read more…]

U.S. Regulators Approve of Volkswagen Plan to Fix or Buy Back Vehicles in Emissions Cheating Scandal

U.S. Regulators Approve of Volkswagen Plan to Fix or Buy Back Vehicles in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators have announced the government’s approval of the agreement for the German automaker to fix or buy back the diesel vehicles involved in VW’s illegal emissions cheating scandal. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the plan will involve approximately 326,000 VW vehicles sold between 2009 and 2014, “the first generation of the ‘Clean Diesel’ cars with 2.0-liter TDI engines, including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3.” [Read more…]

Exploding Takata Airbag Kills Florida Driver in Car Crash

Exploding Takata Airbags

In the newest fatality relating to defective Takata airbags, a Florida driver was killed in a car accident when the inflator in a Takata airbag suddenly ruptured and exploded. The individual was driving a 2002 Honda Accord whose airbags had not been fixed in the massive Takata recall and repair scheme. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, “if the airbag [indeed] caused the death, it would be the 19th death worldwide and the 13th in the U.S. blamed on the inflators.” [Read more…]

New Research Suggests At Least One-Half of Children’s Gaming Apps Violate Privacy Laws

New Research Suggests At Least One-Third of Children’s Gaming Apps Violate COPPA Privacy Laws

When parents download a “Designed for Families” gaming app for their children, they assume the game will not only be suitable for their children to play, but that their kids’ personal information will be kept secure. Indeed, federal law requires that child data be stringently protected in all online and internet-connected gaming. Disturbingly, however, new research highlighted in a Washington Post article “We Tested Apps For Children; Half Failed To Protect Their Data” reveals that at least one-half of children’s gaming apps violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by accessing and improperly sharing and monetizing child data in game apps. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin and Nick Diamand Re-Elected as AAJ Litigation Group Chairs

Annika K. Martin and Nick Diamand Re-Elected as AAJ Litigation Group Chairs

Lieff Cabraser partners Annika K. Martin and Nicholas Diamand have been re-elected as Co-Chair and Chair of American Association for Justice (AAJ) litigation groups. Ms. Martin has been re-elected as Co-Chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group. The Class Action Litigation Group creates a forum for attorneys to share ideas, discovery, and litigation strategies, allowing AAJ members to network and work collaboratively on class action cases. [Read more…]

New Study Finds Correlation Between Playing Professional Football and CTE

New Study Finds Correlation Between Playing Professional Football and CTE

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study, conducted by neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, which examined the brains of 202 deceased football players from every position on the field – quarterbacks, running backs, offensive and defensive lineman, ranging from high school, college, and at the professional level. [Read more…]