Judge Orders Fiat Chrysler and DOJ to Meet With Settlement Master in Emissions Fraud Suit

fiat chrysler emissions fraud

As reported by Law 360, after significant delays in the settlement process, a California federal judge has ordered Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the U.S. Department of Justice to meet face-to-face with a court appointed Settlement Master in order to reach an agreement to end the government’s suit over the automaker’s excessive diesel vehicle emissions. [Read more…]

11th Circuit Reinstates $27 Million Verdict for Injured Smoker Against Phillip Morris in Florida Tobacco Litigation

FL Smoker Receives $27M Judgment in Berger Tobacco Suit

In 2014, Lieff Cabraser won a trial verdict against Philip Morris on behalf of injured smoker Judith Berger, who started using cigarettes at age 14. The jury awarded compensation in the amount of $6.25 million, then added an additional $20 million in punitive damages against the cigarette maker. Thereafter, the trial judge substantially undercut the claims at the defendants’ urging, reducing the compensatory award to $3.75 million and eliminating the punitive damages award. Philip Morris further appealed the reduced damages award, claiming falsely that plaintiffs’ counsel had characterized the tobacco industry as “pedophiles” to the jury. [Read more…]

Channel 4 News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos Files Lawsuit Challenging Culture of Gender Bias and Age Discrimination at Station

kalodimos gender discrimination lawsuit

Lawsuit alleges gender and age discrimination, a hostile workplace, retaliation, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, and unlawful restraint of trade, and seeks injunctive relief as well as front pay, back pay, and exemplary and punitive damages

The national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein announces the filing of a gender and age discrimination employment lawsuit in federal district court in Nashville on behalf of “Face of Channel 4” news anchor Demetria Kalodimos against Meredith Corporation d/b/a WSMV Channel 4 (NBC). [Read more…]

KPMG Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Plaintiffs File for Class Certification

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Plaintiffs Allege Widespread Gender Disparities in Pay, Promotion Within Sexist Culture

Attorneys from Lieff Cabraser and Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 27th seeking class certification in a long-running lawsuit to challenge gender disparities in pay and promotion on behalf of female Advisory and Tax professionals at KPMG. The Court held a hearing on the motion, not previously filed on the public docket, in August, and the parties await a decision. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser to Proceed with Lawsuit in Denmark for Money Laundering Fraud Against Danske Bank

Securities and financial fraud

Lieff Cabraser, working with an international coalition of law firms including Danish law firm Németh Sigetty, will proceed with a lawsuit against Danske Bank A/S (“Danske” or the “Bank”) to pursue compensation for damaged investors after revelations of alleged money laundering, financial mismanagement, and deficient regulatory disclosures. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Supporting California Consumers in Predatory Lending Class Action Against BofA

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a Ninth Circuit ruling reinstating a proposed consumer class action against Bank of America over its allegedly predatory lending activities. As reported by Law 360, the banking giant’s failed attempt to get the ruling reviewed leaves in place a Ninth Circuit panel ruling from earlier this year that reinstated a proposed consumer fraud class action brought against Bank of America NA by lead plaintiff Donald Lusnak, a California homeowner. According to Law 360, the suit “sought to force the North Carolina-based bank to comply with a California law requiring mortgage lenders to pay at least 2 percent interest on borrowers’ escrow accounts.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser, Sonosky Chambers, and Zwerling Schachter File Class Action RICO Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Tribes Against Drug Manufacturers and Distributors for False and Deceptive Marketing and Improper Distribution of Dangerous Prescription Opioid Drugs

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Asa’Carsarmiut Tribe, Akiak Native Community, Native Village of Port Heiden, and Native Village of Afognak Unite to Seek Justice from opiate drug distributors and manufacturers for worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history and unnecessary Alaska Native and American Indian opioid deaths across Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—(BUSINESS WIRE)—On behalf of Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Asa’Carsarmiut Tribe, Akiak Native Community, Native Village of Port Heiden, and the Native Village of Afognak, the law firms of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP, and Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit on November 16, 2018 in federal court in Anchorage against Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva, Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Insys, Mallinckrodt, AmerisourceBergen, Health Mart Systems, Walgreen Co., Albertson’s, CVS, the Kroger Co. and related entities who bear responsibility for the unprecedented destructive opioid epidemic raging across the U.S. and in the affected Alaska Native communities. [Read more…]

Settlement Reached in Antitrust Suit Against Atrium Health (fka Carolinas HealthCare)

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The Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement with Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, in a federal lawsuit alleging the hospital giant violated antitrust laws and drove up patient healthcare costs

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, the 2016 lawsuit against Atrium Health, a billion dollar hospital chain and North Carolina’s largest health care provider, alleged that the company illegally reduced competition in the local healthcare market and set consumer prices so high that many patients were left struggling with bills they could not pay. While Atrium consistently raised costs for consumers, their top execs were receiving millions of dollars.   [Read more…]

HR Dive: How employers can correct course on pay equity

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New piece by columnist Ryan Golden of HR Dive includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser Employment Law attorney Kelly Dermody

During the recent annual conference for the Labor and Employment Law section of the American Bar Association (ABA), key members conducted a panel discussing recommendations for employers tackling pay equity. [Read more…]

Federal Ruling Advances $30m Computer Sciences Corp. Overtime & Damages Payout

Tech Support Workers Willfully Underpaid By Computer Sciences Corporation

As reported by Law360 (subscription), systems administrators at Computer Sciences Corporation are on track to receive approximately $30 million in damages and unpaid overtime after Judge Janet Bond Arterton of the Connecticut “resolved a series of remedies questions left open after their December jury win.” Judge Arterton noted that CSC must pay the class the value of years of overtime worked at 1.5 their regular wage amount instead of a lower, fluctuating work-week rate. The Judge stated there was no doubt that CSC had failed to pay the workers the extra amount when they worked over 40 hours per week. [Read more…]

Camp Wildfire Devastates Over 100,000 Acres, 40,000 Evacuated, PG&E Reports Equipment Flaws in Area

Firefighters fighting burning blaze

Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends in northern California, especially those who have lost their lives, homes, and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires.

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.

Various news reports indicate that the fire, being called the Camp Fire, broke out early Thursday and has already grown to burn over 80,000 acres in Northern California near Chico, essentially wiping out the town of Paradise and causing at least 40,000 residents to evacuate.

As the fire continues to rage, with only 5% containment, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. today informed Cal Fire regulators that a high-voltage line close to the starting point of the now-huge Camp Fire had experienced a problem and outage just before the first flames appeared. PG&E made a small filing to the California Public Utilities Commission indicating that it had recorded an outage on the line about 20 minutes before the Camp Fire started, approximately 6:15 a.m. Thursday, November 8th. [Read more…]

New Wildfires Break Out in Ventura County – Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire

California Wildfires

New large scale wildfires have broken out in Ventura County, California, affecting areas in Oak Park, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Bell Canyon, and other areas, fires that are spreading with near unprecedented speed. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and other outlets, the affected acreage has grown double in size in just a few hours from 14,000 acres to 35,000. A significant number of homes and other structures are already reported lost, and there are concerns that more residents will be affected as the fires show signs of moving further west toward the heavily populated San Fernando valley. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Honored as 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

MPC & JTS Mid-South Super Lawyers 2018

We are proud to announce that Super Lawyers has made its 2018 selections for the Mid-South region for attorneys “who exhibit excellence in practice.” Mark Chalos has been selected as a Super Lawyer and John Spragens has been named a Rising Star. Between three Rising Star accolades and eight Super Lawyer nods, this is Mark’s 11th time on the lists, while the 2018 listing is John’s third Rising Star selection.  [Read more…]

Workers and Businesses in the Oil Industry Affected by the 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill Could Be Part of a Class Action Lawsuit

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The following is being released by the law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Keller Rohrback LLP, Cappello & Noël LLP, and Audet & Partners LLP about the lawsuit Andrews v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., No. 2:15-cv-04113.

A class action lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (“Plains Pipeline”) has been certified as a class action for another group and may be proceeding to trial.  This lawsuit claims that due to the May 19, 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill, workers and businesses that support the Santa Barbara oil industry suffered financial losses with the subsequent pipeline shutdown.  [Read more…]

USC Tyndall Sexual Misconduct Settlement a “Step Forward” for Victims of Abuse at USC

USC Tyndall Sexual Misconduct Settlement a “Step Forward” for Victims of Abuse at USC

New op-ed piece by Cherylyn Lebon includes comments from Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin who represents women in the class lawsuit against USC

The Los Angeles Daily News has published an opinion piece praising the terms of the recently-announced federal class action settlement of the lawsuit filed against George Tyndall and the University of Southern California (USC) on behalf of hundreds of women alleging sexual misconduct by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. [Read more…]

Court Grants Final Approval to $42.5 Million Settlement of British Airways Frequent Flyer Ticket Surcharges Class Action

Air Travel Complaints

In 2012, Lieff Cabraser filed a class action lawsuit against British Airways over what its frequent flyers alleged was the imposition of extortionate “fuel surcharges” on individuals who wanted to redeem their British Airways frequent flyer miles for air tickets. After months of concerted investigation, Lieff Cabraser’s team tenaciously pursued a six-year course of litigation against an opponent that took the most aggressive positions on every possible issue.

Our firm won every dispute in the case — two motions to dismiss, class certification, Rule 23(f) appeal, summary judgment, Daubert motions, motions in limine, and numerous contested discovery issues.   [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Honored in 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & Best Lawyers

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U.S. News & Best Lawyers has announced its “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2019,” listings that include multiple Tier 1 honors for Lieff Cabraser. The listings are based on “a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.” [Read more…]