Dean Harvey in the Durham News Observer on the Duke/UNC No-Hire Lawsuit

Duke/UNC No-Hire Agreement Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser represents Duke University School of Medicine instructor Danielle M. Seaman, M.D., in a class action lawsuit against Duke, UNC Med School, and other entities charging that the defendants entered into an express, secret agreement not to hire certain medical facility faculty and staff that they each employed, reducing or eliminating competition for skilled medical labor. The parties recently announced a preliminary settlement with UNC Med School, leaving the action to continue with respect to Duke University School of Medicine. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Accounts Fraud Scandal Hits New Heights

Wells Fargo Accounts Scandal Deepens

With financial experts and advisors calling it a “rogue bank,” Wells Fargo has announced an almost 70 percent increase in the number of fraudulent unauthorized accounts created by the bank in years-long effort to boost revenues through deceitful and illegal tactics aimed at Wells Fargo customers. The banking giant admitted its months-long research had uncovered 3.5 million false and unauthorized accounts created by its employees from 2009 through 2016, a rise of 1.4 million additional scam accounts opened at customer expense from the 2.1 million bogus accounts originally exposed that Wells Fargo had previously acknowledged.  [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Receives National Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

The National Law Journal has announced this year’s selections for its Lifetime Achievement Awards, and we are delighted to announce that Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser is among the three honorees. “How do you measure a lifetime of success in the law,” the NLJ asks, and Elizabeth Cabraser is a perfect answer to the question. The Journal notes it is honoring three attorneys who “live their commitment to the law inside and outside of their offices,” mentoring other lawyers, serving on boards, and working pro bono publica. [Read more…]

Federal Judge Certifies Subclass in Santa Barbara Plains Oil Spill Lawsuit

As reported by Law360, Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California has issued an order certifying a subclass of fishers, fish buyers, and other affected businesses in litigation against Plains All American Pipeline LP relating to the 2015 Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara. The spill occurred in May of 2015 when a 10-mile-long, 24-inch-wide oil pipeline ruptured and discharged over 100,000 gallons of crude oil onto beaches and into the Pacific Ocean, contaminating several State Marine Conservation Areas and forcing the closure of beaches, fishing grounds, and shellfish operations. [Read more…]

Court Grants Preliminary Approval to Anthem Data Breach Litigation Settlement

$115 million Anthem settlement

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has granted preliminary approval to a $115 million settlement in litigation relating to Anthem Inc.’s 2015 data breach, which exposed the personal and medical information of nearly 80 million customers of the healthcare giant. Lieff Cabraser serves as Class Counsel in the case, along with Altshuler Berzon, Cohen Milstein, and Girard and Gibbs. The settlement includes credit protection and reimbursement for Anthem customers, and if approved, will be the largest data-breach settlement to-date. [Read more…]

UNC School of Medicine Agrees to Ban No-Hire Arrangements to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit

Duke 'No-Hire' Case

Lieff Cabraser represents Duke University School of Medicine instructor Danielle M. Seaman, M.D., in a class action lawsuit against Duke, UNC Med School, and other entities charging that the defendants entered into an express, secret agreement not to hire or attempt to hire certain medical facility faculty and staff that they each employed, reducing or eliminating competition for skilled medical labor. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages and obtain injunctive relief, including treble damages, for defendants’ alleged violations of federal and North Carolina antitrust law. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Team Named Finalists for 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year California Award

Lieff Cabraser Team Named Finalists for 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year California Award

The Consumer Attorneys of California have announced their list of finalists for the 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year award, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser’s Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud case team. Led by Elizabeth Cabraser, who serves as Lead Class Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the historic litigation, the team also includes David S. Stellings, Kevin R. Budner, Wilson M. Dunlavey, and Phong-Chau G. Nguyen. [Read more…]

New York Times Op-Ed: “Let Consumers Sue Companies”

Scam Fraud Consumer Rights

A powerful op-ed published this week in the New York Times examines recent workings in the House and Senate to fundamentally undermine consumer rights in the United States. The Consumer Financial Protection Board recently created a new rule preventing companies from denying consumers the right to band together and go to court when they are treated unfairly. The rule would act to keep companies from restricting consumer recourse to binding, closed-door arbitration outside the courts and sidestepping the judicial system. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Enters Into Agreement with Scott County TN to Explore Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

Opioid epidemic reaching epic proportions

Lieff Cabraser, with Knoxville-based Taylor and Knight, has entered into an official agreement with Scott County, Tennessee, to explore litigation against pharmaceutical companies and other parties over the pernicious opioid epidemic in Scott County. The decision, first announced by WBNT News, came via a unanimous 10-0 vote by the county legislature to begin investigation into lost revenues relating to the widespread distribution and use of pharmaceutical opioids in the county. [Read more…]

Paulina do Amaral to Speak at September AAJ Opioid Litigation Seminar

Paulina do Amaral to Speak at September AAJ Opioid Litigation Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Paulina do Amaral will be speaking at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) upcoming opioid litigation conference in Washington, D.C. on September 13th and 14th. The number of prescription opioids sold in America over the last few decades has quadrupled, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths per year by prescription opioid overdose. The most recent analysis indicates 60,000 Americans died in 2016 alone from opioid addiction-related injuries. [Read more…]