Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam participated in HarrisMartin’s “California Wildfire Litigation Conference: Strategic Overview of The North Bay Fires Agenda” at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on February 26th. Lexi participated in a panel examining “Key Legal Issues,” then Elizabeth and Lexi together addressed “The Role of the Class Case” in a subsequent panel. More information about the conference is available online.
About the 2017 North Bay Wildfires
In October 2017, a series of massive fires in Northern California wine country killed 44 people and seriously injured over 100. The fires destroyed approximately 240,000 acres and 8,889 buildings, including thousands of homes as well as wineries, farms, hotels and restaurants, and retail businesses. Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced across Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties, with many still unable to return home or without homes to return to. These fires are the most destructive in California history, and property and business losses are expected to be in the billions.
On November 30, 2017, Lieff Cabraser filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a number of named plaintiffs against PG&E for losses relating to the devastating October 2017 North Bay Fires. The lawsuit seeks to hold PG&E accountable for damages to real and personal property, loss of income, and loss of business arising from the fires.
About Elizabeth Cabraser
A name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Elizabeth Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases, and the recently-filed Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigation.
About Lexi Hazam
An emergent leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, Lexi Hazam represents clients in mass torts cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions. She has been appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Abilify gambling injuries MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee and the Science and Expert Sub-Committee for the case, and was also appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Benicar MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee therein and serves as Co-Chair of the Benicar MDL Plaintiffs’ Science and Experts Committee. Lexi has also spoken at several conferences on Benicar injuries and Benicar lawsuits.