Annika K. Martin to Lead Discussion of Proportionality at 2018 E-Discovery Forum

Complex Litigation E-Discovery A Success

The fourth annual Complex Litigation E-Discovery forum will be held September 27-28, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event’s second discussion group, “Proportionality Three Years After the Amendments” at 10:45-11:45 on September 28th will be led by Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin along with co-leaders Jacksy Bilsborrow of Weitz & Luxenberg and Zachary Wool of Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix. The discussion will revisit the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules, exploring what experience and case law have revealed to be the most effective strategy for plaintiffs to ensure they have a full opportunity to pursue discovery. [Read more…]

Knorr Wabtec Faces Wave of Class Action No-Poach Antitrust Employment Lawsuits

Freight train with cargo containers

As reported by Bloomberg Law, rail equipment companies Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec Railway Electronics are fighting a new rush of class action antitrust lawsuits in the employment realm after having settled allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that they agreed not to hire each other’s employees in violation of the law. The lawsuits, which seek monetary damages as well as the cessation of any illegal practices, were originally filed in multiple districts and then consolidated into a single multidistrict case. [Read more…]

The Intercept: Will Shareholders Lose the Right to Sue Over Corporate Fraud?

Securities and financial fraud

In partnership with the Investigative Fund, The Intercept has published a powerful piece calling attention to proposed changes to the securities laws that may keep shareholders from being able to sue corporations that violate the law to shareholders’ detriment. The right to a trial may be replaced with mandatory arbitration agreements that will shunt shareholder lawsuits into private, closed-door arbitration funded by the very corporations alleged to have committed the fraud. [Read more…]

Lawdragon Names Five Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers for 2018

2018_Lawdragon_500_Plaintiff_Employment_Lawyers

Legal analysis company Lawdragon has published its first annual listing of the 500 “Leading Plaintiff  Employment Lawyers” in America, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Lin Y. Chan, Kelly M. Dermody, Rachel Geman, Daniel M. Hutchinson, and Anne B. Shaver. Introduced as the newest addition to Lawdragon’s acclaimed 500 series, the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers guide includes distinguished attorneys selected over a two year period from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, law firm submissions, and other online nominations.  [Read more…]

Anthem Data Breach $115 Million Settlement Gets Final Approval from Federal Court

$115 million Anthem settlement

As reported by Law360, Northern District Judge Lucy H. Koh has issued an order granting final approval to a $115 million settlement of the class action lawsuit against Anthem, Inc. over data breach and hacking originally revealed in early 2015. The intrusion into Anthem’s system, which occurred after what plaintiffs claimed was Anthem’s failure to implement and abide by standard security protocols, resulted in the exposure of identifiable personal information and health information belonging to nearly 80 million of Anthem’s members. [Read more…]

The Best Lawyers in America 2019: 20 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Listed in 25th Edition

Best Lawyers 2019 Rankings

The Best Lawyers in America has announced its selections for the 25th edition of its esteemed legal peer-review publication, and we are proud to note that twenty Lieff Cabraser attorneys have been named Best Lawyers for 2019. Listed attorneys are recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence across 145 practice areas. This year, over 7 million votes were analyzed and tabulated to generate the final Best Lawyer listings across the U.S. [Read more…]

Asian American Women Hit “Bamboo Glass Ceiling” in the Workplace

Asian American Women Hit “Bamboo Glass Ceiling” in the Workplace

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are shedding ever increasing light on the disparate treatment of female employees in the workplace. A new report on Silicon Valley from the Ascend Foundation examines Asian-American women in particular, and reveals that though they comprise the largest racial cohort in the industry, Asians are the racial group least likely to be promoted to manager and executive positions. [Read more…]

USC President Steps Down In Wake of Tyndall Sex Abuse Scandal

USC President Steps Down In Wake of Tyndall Sex Abuse Scandal

University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias stepped down on Tuesday in the wake of the school’s sex abuse scandal over the decades-long conduct of campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. USC’s Trustees appointed alumna and former Aerospace Corp. president Wanda Austin as interim president until a permanent replacement can be found. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Mark Chalos and Laura Heiman Volunteer at Nashville Bar’s Dial-A-Lawyer

Nashville Dial a Lawyer

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos and associate Laura Heimann participated in the Nashville Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (NBA LRIS) Dial-A-Lawyer program on Tuesday, August 7th. The NBA LRIS conducts its FREE Dial-A-Lawyer program on the first Tuesday of each month between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. As the program guide notes, “During those hours, the public is invited to call 615-242-9272 to speak with volunteer attorneys from the Nashville Bar Association and get FREE legal guidance to general legal questions. We are here to serve you!” [Read more…]

Hundreds of Wells Fargo Customers Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure Due to Bank’s Mistakes and Aggressive Actions

Hundreds of Wells Fargo Customers Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure Due to Bank’s Mistakes and Aggressive Actions

Homeowners’ homes foreclosed on after Wells Fargo’s software incorrectly denied available mortgage modifications

News sources have revealed that more than 600 Wells Fargo customers were incorrectly denied loan modifications under a federal assistance program set up by the Treasury Department in 2009, with 400 of the owners ultimately losing their homes to bank foreclosure. The bank claims the loan adjustment denials were the result of a “computer error.” [Read more…]

Fiat Chrysler & Bosch Try to Escape RICO Claims in Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler & Bosch Try to Escape RICO Claims in Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler and Bosch are trying to convince a federal judge in California to throw out RICO claims brought by drivers in multidistrict litigation centering on claims that the companies cheated on vehicle emissions testing. The companies argue that only regulators, and not the consumers bringing the current lawsuit, are entitled to relief under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as the consumers who purchased affected vehicles were not direct victims of the alleged misconduct. U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen seemed to disagree with the companies’ argument, noting that, “At the end of the day, they [the consumers] paid for a car that they didn’t get.” [Read more…]

National Law Journal Recognizes Lieff Cabraser Attorneys as 2018 Litigation Trailblazers

National Law Journal Recognizes Lieff Cabraser Attorneys as 2018 Litigation Trailblazers

The National Law Journal (subscription) has named its 2018 Litigation Trailblazers, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Richard M. Heimann and Kelly M. Dermody. Heimann and Dermody are featured in the NLJ’s 2018 Litigation Trailblazers special edition, which discusses their “pioneer spirit,” past successes, and ongoing case work. [Read more…]

Long Overdue Changes Emerging on Sexual Harassment as USC Gynecologist Scandal Widens

Long Overdue Changes Emerging on Sexual Harassment as USC Gynecologist Scandal Widens

Op-ed piece by Lieff Cabraser associate Laura Heiman & summer associate Rachel Green

The #MeToo and Times Up movements have changed the national and global conversation about sexual harassment and assault, heralding the rise of an important and long-needed cultural shift. The #MeToo movement‘s encouragement of survivors to come forward to share their stories in solidarity has sparked a marked increase in the public reporting of sexual misconduct. [Read more…]

Final Month for VW, Audi 2.0-Liter Diesel Owners, Lessees to File Class Action Settlement Claims and Receive Benefits

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

Eligible consumers must file claims by September 1 to receive buyback or approved emissions modification plus additional cash compensation

Owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles who have yet to complete a claim in the 2.0-liter class action settlement have until September 1, 2018 to claim benefits for a vehicle buyback or an approved emissions modification, along with thousands of dollars in cash compensation. [Read more…]

“The Bleeding Edge:” Netflix Presents New Documentary on Risks & Dangers of Medical Devices in America

The Bleeding Edge Netflix Documentary

A new Netflix Original documentary titled The Bleeding Edge takes a look at the $400 billion medical device industry in America, and the dangers that come with manufacturing products like hip implants, vaginal mesh, Essure birth control, and robotic surgery devices in a corrupted system. [Read more…]

National Law Journal Names Lieff Cabraser as Finalists for Three 2018 “Elite Trial Lawyers” Awards

National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Nominations

Elizabeth Cabraser also selected as a finalist for the NLJ’s inaugural ‘Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar’ award

We are pleased to announce that the National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser as finalists for the 2018 NLJ Elite Trial Lawyers awards in the categories of Mass Tort, Environmental Protection, and Privacy/Data Breach. This is the first time these awards have been given since 2016. [Read more…]