Lieff Cabraser Named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in Southern California Fire & Mudslides Class Action Lawsuit

California Wildfires

On July 10, 2018, Judge Daniel Buckley of the California Superior Court issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser as Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Southern California Edison relating to losses suffered by individuals and businesses in the December 2017 wildfires in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California, and the subsequent devastating January 2018 mudslides that affected over 6,000 homes and killed at least 20 people. [Read more…]

First Trial to Raise Asbestos Link in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial Wins $4.7 Billion Verdict

First Trial to Raise Asbestos Link in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial Wins $4.7 Billion Verdict

The first case to formally allege a link between asbestos and Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder causing ovarian cancer recently won a verdict of $4.69 billion at trial. The award included individual payments for each of the 22 plaintiffs, with a staggering $4.14 billion in punitive damages against J&J. As noted by Law360, “experts say [this] novel approach could represent a new stage for the myriad suits alleging talcum powder causes cancer.” [Read more…]

Comeback of Former Human Society CEO Wayne Pacelle Raises Questions of How the Organization Handled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

Comeback of Former Human Society CEO Wayne Pacelle Raises Questions of How the Organization Handled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

As the U.S.’s leading advocacy group for animals, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) typically shows annual revenues of approximately $230 million. However, the Washington DC-based nonprofit organization generated unwanted news headlines over the last year as its then-CEO Wayne Pacelle faced accusations of sexual harassment allegations by several women. Now, less than six months after resigning as HSUS CEO, Pacelle returns to the animal welfare sphere as he joins political action committee Animal Wellness Action, and questions are arising about how HSUS handled the charges against its former CEO. [Read more…]

FTC Seeks Authority to Impose Meaningful Civil Penalties on Companies Breaking Consumer Protection & Data Security Laws

FTC Civil Penalties on Companies Breaking Consumer Protection & Data Security Laws

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently appeared before the House subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection to request the power to impose meaningful civil penalties on companies that violate the nation’s data security and privacy protection laws. Currently, the FTC cannot impose fines on companies over privacy issues; however, if the public wants to see companies handle their sensitive information diligently, “the agency needs the ability to slap violators with fines and have more freedom to pass rules,” notes Law360. [Read more…]

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as 2018 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as 2018 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

We are proud to announce that the Daily Journal (subscription) has named Lieff Cabraser partners Kelly M. Dermody and Anne B. Shaver as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2018. This is a first-time award for Anne, while Kelly’s joins the list for the sixth time since 2011. [Read more…]

Ford Motor Co. to Settle its Takata Airbag Case for $300 Million

Ford Motor Co. to Settle its Takata Airbag Case for $300 Million

Automaker Ford Motor Co. has agreed to a $299.1 million settlement in the multidistrict Takata airbag defects litigation. Nearly 70 million airbags from more than nearly 20 different auto manufacturers worldwide have been recalled due to dangerous flaws in vehicle airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. [Read more…]

Consumer Action Alert: Heads Up for VW 2.0-Liter Diesel Owners and Lessees to File Claims

Final claims deadline approaches for Volkswagen (VW) settlement

The Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” litigation settlement of more than $15 billion, announced in June 2016, is quickly approaching the deadline for 2.0-liter diesel owners and lessees to file claims and receive their benefits. This will ensure that these vehicles either are removed from the road or receive an approved emissions modification. [Read more…]

VIDEO: Consumers Win Victory Over Western Sky Financial in Litigation Over Abusive Payday Lender Scam

Successful consumer protection class action against malevolent payday lender highlights the benefits and power of individuals uniting in class action lawsuits

Successful consumer protection class action against malevolent payday lender highlights the benefits and power of individuals uniting in class action lawsuits

On Monday evening, the Public Justice Foundation held its 36th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the ceremony, Public Justice recognized victorious attorney efforts with its Trial Lawyer of the Year awards. This included a focus on and video describing Inetianbor v. Western Sky Financial. [Read more…]

Staggering $4.7 Billion Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Talc Cancer Trial

Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer

$4.1 billion in punitive damages against the company for covering up testing data and scientific studies it knew showed the cosmetic-grade talc contained asbestos

A Missouri federal court has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay an extraordinary $4.7 billion to a group of injured women who alleged that talc products sold by J&J led them to develop ovarian cancer. The women had claimed the company’s talcum powder products contained asbestos and gave cancer to 22 women, six of whom have already died. [Read more…]

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Should Be Banned From Insurance Policies

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Should Be Banned From Insurance Policies

Formal amendment to the Model Unfair Trade Practices Act seeks to prohibit pre-dispute forced arbitration provisions

According to Insurance Business America, pretty much everyone except big business hates forced dispute arbitration, a diversion of adjudication from open courts to closed, one-sided panels that has been shoved down the throats of consumers across nearly every industry. “Over the last 10 to 15 years, the practice of requiring individuals to agree to arbitrate rather than litigate any future disputes (or forgo the product, service or employment altogether) has been heavily criticized by government agencies, the media, academics and consumer groups.” [Read more…]

21 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

21 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its annual report on Northern California attorneys, highlighting those who “demonstrate the highest degree of professional achievement and peer recognition.” Twenty-one Lieff Cabraser attorneys have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars this year. In addition, Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been named a “Top 10 Northern California Super Lawyer” for 2018, and Elizabeth and Kelly M. Dermody were selected as “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” in the region. [Read more…]

In Wake of USC Sex Scandal Huffington Post Publishes Primer on What Patients Should Expect and Accept During a Gynecologist Appointment

In Wake of USC Sex Scandal Huffington Post Publishes Primer on What Patients Should Expect and Accept During a Gynecologist Appointment

As outrage and media attention continue to escalate in the wake of the USC Dr. George Tyndall sex abuse scandal, the Huffington Post has published a helpful article on “What’s Not Normal (And What Is) When You Go To The Gynecologist.” Lieff Cabraser and other law firms have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of women who allege they were sexually abused, harassed, and/or molested by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., while they were students attending the University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]

All Web Leads Deceptive Practices Class Action Gets Go-Ahead from Federal Court

TCPA Unconsented Intrusive Calls and Texts

Lawsuit may affect as many as 2 million class members

Lieff Cabraser represents plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit alleging that insurance contact and information provider All Web Leads uses deceptive practices to lure customers in the insurance industry. Plaintiffs claim that All Web Leads violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by harvesting the telephone numbers of prospective insurance quote customers, then making unwanted and unconsented customer calls in violation of the law. Plaintiffs also allege that All Web Leads improperly hid the required TCPA disclosure language in fine print on its websites. The company acts as a “middle man” between insurance agents, industry members, and customers. [Read more…]

New Study Shows Physician Burnout, Fatigue and Depression Lead to Major Medical Errors

New Study Shows Physician Burnout, Fatigue and Depression Lead to Major Medical Errors

According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors contribute to an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 deaths per year. A new study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine shows that physician burnout, fatigue, and depression can potentially lead to major medical errors, including errors in judgment, incorrect diagnoses, and technical errors. [Read more…]

Public Justice Honors Elizabeth Cabraser with Highest Honor – the Champion of Justice Award

Public Justice Honors Elizabeth Cabraser with Highest Honor – the Champion of Justice Award

Public Justice has honored Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser with the 2018 Champion of Justice Award for exceptional leadership and advocacy on justice and civil rights. The Champion of Justice Award is the Public Justice Foundation’s highest honor, established to honor lawyers whose work, values and commitment to combating social and economic injustice inspires and motivates the wider legal community. [Read more…]

Appeals Court Affirms $10 Billion VW Diesel Emissions Deal, Noting “Substantial Benefits” to Class Members

Diesel Emissions Fraud

Settlement delivers “substantial, tangible benefits” to class members, with extremely high participation rates

As reported by Law360 (subscription), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed the $10 billion deal between consumers and Volkswagen covering over 475,000 diesel vehicles in the diesel engine emissions fraud scandal that first broke in 2015. The Court upheld the settlement relating to 2.0 liter engine VW, Porsche, and Audi vehicles after reviewing six separate appeals. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos, Kenny Byrd, and John Spragens to Teach at Vanderbilt Law

Mark Chalos, Kenny Byrd, and John Spragens to Teach at Vanderbilt Law

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Appointed as Adjunct Faculty for Fall 2018 “The Practice of Aggregate Litigation”

Lieff Cabraser Nashville attorneys Mark P. Chalos, Kenneth S. Byrd, and John T. Spragens have been appointed to the adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt Law School to teach “The Practice of Aggregate Litigation” in the Fall 2018 semester as part of the school’s 2018-2019 academic year. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Lawsuit by Cannon County, Tennessee Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

Opioids Lawsuit Filed

Lawsuit Seeks Recovery of Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic Wreaking Havoc on the Cannon County Community; Cannon Joins Other Tennessee Cities and Counties Fighting For Justice After Opiate Drug Devastation

SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mark Chalos, of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces that Cannon County, Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors to recover taxpayer money spent to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating the Cannon County community. This case arises out of the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history—the misuse, abuse, and over-prescription of opioid prescription drugs. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partners Headline Class Action Litigation Group Program at 2018 AAJ Conference

Mark Chalos, Annika K. Martin, Kenny Byrd at AAJ CALG Program

Lieff Cabraser partners Mark Chalos, Annika K. Martin, and Kenny Byrd spoke at the July 8 Class Action Litigation Group program as part of this year’s American Association for Justice annual convention. Chalos served as CALG program moderator, while Byrd presented material as part of the “Current and Future Landscape of Class Actions” panel, and Martin, who is the current co-chair of the Class Action Litigation Group, presented on the “Getting the Most Out of Your Team” panel. [Read more…]

VW Diesel Emissions Claims Deadline is Rapidly Approaching for 2.0 Liter Engine Vehicles

September 2018 VW Emissions Deadline

As reported by Green Car Reports, U.S. owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VW cars must complete the filing of their diesel emissions fraud settlement paperwork by September 1st, 2018, to be eligible for at least $5,100 in compensation from Volkswagen. After filing, all claims must be settled by December 31, 2018, but again, they must be submitted by the September 1 deadline to be eligible. [Read more…]