Lieff Cabraser Files New Lawsuit Against the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut Over Allegations of Drugging and Sexual Abuse of a Student

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On October 12, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the latest in a series of lawsuits against the exclusive Hotchkiss college preparatory school in Connecticut, over allegations that a teacher at the Hotchkiss School drugged and sexually assaulted a student at the school in the 1990s. In addition to seeking justice for the former student plaintiff, the lawsuit seeks to uncover a pattern of tolerance, institutional cover-ups, and multiple predation events at the school going back decades. The suit also calls for a “truly independent” investigation of sexual abuse at Hotchkiss, citing a previous study by the law firm Locke Lord that the current pleadings describe as “woefully incomplete.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Class Action Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Patrick Sutton, M.D., and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA

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Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf LLC have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were sexually assaulted and harassed during treatment by longtime Huntington Hospital ob/gyn Patrick Sutton. The complaint was filed by three women who allege assault and harassment by Sutton, and notes that the hospital had received numerous complaints about Sutton’s behavior dating back 20 years, yet continues to allow him to practice there. Dr. Sutton has worked at Huntington Hospital since 1989. [Read more…]

Huntington Hospital Gynecologist Repeatedly Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Medical Board

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The LA Times reports that Dr. Patrick Sutton, a noted Pasadena obstetrician, faces the suspension or loss of his license in the wake of a fifth accusation of sexual misconduct. In this fifth instance of alleged inappropriate behavior, state regulators accuse Sutton of making improper comments about a patient’s appearance and sex life. Though the previous accusations were available in public records, the Times notes that they were not previously reported in the media. [Read more…]

Humane Society Announces Reconciliation Process as Latest of Multiple Efforts to Improve Workplace Culture

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Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody notes clients are pleased HSUS is committed to providing healthy and safe environment to fulfill its mission

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is proud to announce the details of a Reconciliation Process, the latest among multiple efforts that are underway to improve the organization for the benefit of all HSUS employees and volunteers. These efforts follow current and former HSUS employees bravely coming forward to call for change at the organization.  The Reconciliation Process is being led by noted employee advocate Katherine Kimpel of KK Advising PLLC and was established with input from employment law attorney, Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. The Reconciliation Process is in addition to other actions the HSUS Board is taking to improve the organization’s workplace culture, including working with culture experts on culture change, completing a Board governance review and commissioning a pay equity study. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Dean Harvey Discusses the Expansion of Antitrust Law to the Employment Setting

Dean Harvey on Antitrust and Employment Cases

Workers are recovering millions after challenging illegal anticompetitive “no-poach” agreements between companies that restrict employee mobility and depress salaries. Dean Harvey, plaintiff attorney and partner at Lieff Cabraser, provides detail on the successful 2015 “High Tech” Employees class action suit against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, and industry giants that resulted in a settlement valued at $435 million, the largest resolution in history of antitrust claims in the employment setting, on either an aggregate or per-class-member basis. [Read more…]

14 Former McCallie School Students Allege Sexual Misconduct by Past Faculty Members

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As reported by WRCBtv, 14 former students of the prestigious McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee have revealed that they were victims of sexual misconduct at the school between the late 1960s and 2000. A letter circulated to parents of McCallie students earlier this week contained details about the 14 former students who had reported they experienced the sexual misconduct at McCallie. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Class Action Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against Westgate Resorts, Ltd.

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September 26, 2018, Nashville, TN—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP; Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC; Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C., and Wallace & Associates announce the filing of a class action consumer fraud lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Tennessee on behalf of purchasers of timeshare interests at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, against Westgate Resorts, Ltd. and its related entities.  [Read more…]

Full Measure Talks to Kenny Byrd About the “Forgotten” Tobacco War

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Lieff Cabraser Nashville partner Kenneth S. Byrd recently spoke with Sharyl Attkisson of Full Measure in an in-depth cover story about the forgotten legacy of the big tobacco lawsuit settlement, “the one that came after the nation’s cigarette makers got caught red handed in a decades-long cover-up of their products’ risks and addictive qualities.” However, that staggering settlement did not directly benefit individuals injured by the tobacco companies’ conduct and deceptions. As the report explains, many of those injured smokers and their families are now waging a quiet war on a lengthy case-by-case basis. [Read more…]

VIDEO: Lieff Cabraser’s House Band The R-23s – Full Performance at 2018 “Law Rocks” Benefit

The R-23s at the 2018 Battle of the Bands

On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, Lieff Cabraser’s house band The R-23s delivered a hard-rockin’ set at the Family Violence Appellate Project’s 2018 Battle of the Bands. Ultimately taking second place in the battle, The R-23s raised nearly $14,000 with their covers of classics including “Have Love, Will Travel,” “Dreams,” “Funkytown,” and the perennial “I Fought The Law, and The Law Won.” [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Defeat Motion to Dismiss in Restasis Antitrust Litigation Against Allergan

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As reported in Law360 (subscription), plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan have successfully defeated a motion to dismiss the case alleging antitrust violations with respect to the sale and marketing of dry-eye drug Restasis. The Court’s ruling favored a group of pharmaceutical purchasers and union benefit plans accusing Allergan of misconduct intended to limit competition from generic drugs. [Read more…]

California Department of Insurance Intervenes in Lieff Cabraser’s Lawsuit Against AbbVie Alleging Kickbacks and Improper Marketing of Top-Selling Drug Humira

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Joint Complaint Filed Under the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act

On September 18, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones sued AbbVie, Inc. for violations of the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (“IFPA”) by providing kickbacks to healthcare providers throughout California relating to sale of the immunosuppressive drug Humira. Humira, used to treat arthritis, colitis, and other diseases, is a widely-prescribed drug that led the list of top-selling pharmaceutical products until its 2016 U.S. patent expiration, having global sales of $16 billion in 2016 alone. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named Co-Lead Counsel in Knorr-Wabtec “No-Poach” Employee Antitrust MDL

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U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the Western District of Pennsylvania has appointed Lieff Cabraser to act as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs alongside Philadelphia law firm Fine, Kaplan and Black in the aggregate “no-poach” employee antitrust litigation against rail equipment companies Knorr-Bremse and Wabtac Railway Electronics. Four groups competed for selection as lead counsel for the plaintiffs, with Lieff Cabraser standing out because of our prior experience and success in no-poach cases, including our firm’s proven ability to combine employment and antitrust lawyers to bring a unique concentration of legal acumen and multidimensional approaches to the case. [Read more…]

State Farm Settles Rigged-Judge Auto Parts RICO Fraud Trial for $250 Million

State Farm Settles Rigged-Judge Auto Parts RICO Fraud Trial

Hale, et al. v. State Farm, No. 3:12-cv-00660 (S.D. Illinois) began over 20 years ago with a class action suit by State Farm insureds alleging State Farm wrongly replaced their post-accident vehicle parts with non-OEM in violation of the terms of their insurance policies. In 1999, an Illinois state court jury awarded plaintiffs $456 million for breach of contract by the company, and the trial judge added $730 million in punitive damages. An appellate court reduced the verdict to $1.056 billion, at that time one of the largest class-action verdicts in U.S. history. [Read more…]

David Rudolph Speaks on Privacy Class Actions at Civil Law Symposium

David Rudolph Speaks on Privacy Class Actions at Civil Law Symposium

Lieff Cabraser partner David Rudolph will be a distinguished panelist on Privacy Class Actions at the Northern District Practice Program’s 2018 Civil Law Symposium on Class Actions. The symposium will take place on September 13 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Courthouse in San Francisco, California. [Read more…]

Criminal Conviction of Plains All American Pipeline For 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill Should Help Plaintiffs in Related Civil Cases

Criminal Conviction of Plains All American Pipeline For 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Thousands of Fishermen, Oil Workers and Property Owners Follow Criminal Suit with Civil Action for Losses Relating to Refugio State Beach Oil Spill

Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline has been found guilty of criminal charges relating to the 2015 oil spill at Santa Barbara’s Refugio State Beach. That verdict is very likely to help class action plaintiffs in the related civil suits stemming from the spill. “We think it is critically important that the criminal jury has determined beyond reasonable doubt that Plains knowingly engaged in or caused the discharge or spill of oil into the waters of the state,” notes Lieff Cabraser attorney and co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel Robert J. Nelson. “Our view is that the verdict has a preclusive impact on our case,” added Nelson. “We hope to take advantage of many aspects of this criminal trial, not just the verdicts. We’ll see what happens when we make that motion to our court.” [Read more…]

The Working Mom Struggle on Balancing Family Life and Workplace Demands

The Working Mom Struggle on Balancing Family Life and Workplace Demands

Wired op-ed reveals how even cutting-edge internet giants don’t do much to facilitate motherhood in the workplace

Among developed countries, only the U.S. fails to mandate paid maternity leave. And at companies that do provide paid parental leave, even multi-billion tech giants like Facebook, the maximum seems to be four months. Wired magazine’s just-published opinion piece, “Why It’s So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook,” addresses the limits on paid maternity leave, and how women struggle to handle the balance of motherhood and workplace demands when even the most modern of companies don’t support a true mix of being a full-time worker and being a mom. [Read more…]

Sexual Assault Subpoenas Issued to All New York Catholic Dioceses by NY Attorney General

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As reported by U.S. News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets, a major investigation has been launched in New York looking into allegations of widespread sex crimes committed by Catholic Church priests that were subsequently covered up by church leadership. Sources indicate that the NY AG’s office issued civil subpoenas to all eight Catholic dioceses in New York state, following close on the heels of “shocking” grand jury reports in Pennsylvania of predator priests in more than 1,000 incidents involving approximately 300 priests across that state. As NBC posted, “New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of her office’s investigation into the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations.” [Read more…]

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Approaches Trial

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Approaches Trial

After 13 years and more than 580 docket entries, the gender discrimination case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is moving ever closer to trial. Four women who previously worked for the global investment banking giant accused the company of workplace discrimination and gender bias, with the result of systematically denying women career opportunities they deserved. [Read more…]

State Farm Will Settle Rigged-Judge Trial for $250 Million

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Law360 has reported that on the same day trial was to begin in the case, State Farm has agreed to pay $250 million to settle the RICO lawsuit wherein plaintiffs alleged the company secretly paid millions to help elect an Illinois Supreme Court judge in order to overturn a billion-plus dollar judgment against it from a case originating back in 1997. [Read more…]

Federal Judge Finalizes $245 Million Award to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Injury Bellwether Case

Federal Judge Finalizes $245m Award to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Injury Bellwether Case

District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Texas has finalized the $245 million judgments for New York plaintiffs reached by the jury in November 2017 in a bellwether case against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over its allegedly defective DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that failed, injuring patients across the U.S. (A bellwether trial is a case that the court and the parties select to test their arguments, with the goal of moving the overall larger litigation towards resolution.) The verdict, now final, is intended to compensate plaintiffs for past and future medical expenses, as well as for pain and suffering from hip implant failures. [Read more…]