New Embryo Preservation Law Aims at Government Oversight of Fertility Centers

Fertility clinic failures

Recent equipment failures in California and Ohio destroyed thousands of eggs, embryos

As reported by the Washington Post, Ohio state senator Joe Schiavoni is pressing for legislation intended to improve standards and operational security at fertility clinics that store human eggs and embryos for future use. Coming in the wake of failures at clinics in California and Ohio that led to the destruction of thousands of preserved eggs and embryos, the measure includes express penalties for clinics found to violate the new safeguards. Preliminary data from an investigation into March 2018 Cleveland clinic failures indicates the large-scale egg and embryo loss was largely preventable; health authorities in Ohio noted that the facility had previously reported recordkeeping deficiencies as well as insufficient communication mechanisms for potential preservation tank problems. [Read more…]

Judge Holds Racketeering Lawsuit Against State Farm Over Election Manipulations Can Go Forward

Judge Holds Racketeering Lawsuit Against State Farm Over Election Manipulations Can Go Forward

Insurer is accused of secretly and improperly funding state judge’s campaign so it could get a $1 billion judgment against overturned

U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon has ruled that Lieff Cabraser’s class action lawsuit can proceed against State Farm over charges the insurer acted illegally in spending millions on a secret campaign to get a judge elected to state court who would then rule in State Farm’s favor in a massive pending fraud lawsuit. After losing an earlier lawsuit where it was hit with a $1.05 billion judgment, plaintiffs allege State Farm defrauded them of the judgment by “handpicking Judge Karmeier, covertly funneling millions into his campaign and lying about its support for the judge in communications to the Illinois Supreme Court and counsel for the class.” [Read more…]

Swinomish Tribe Files RICO Opioids Lawsuit in Federal Court Against Pharmaceutical Giants

Macro of oxycodone opioid tablets

Action seeks justice against opiate drug manufacturers and distributors for Swinomish Tribe opioid deaths in Washington State

On behalf of northwestern Washington’s Swinomish Tribe, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit in federal court in Seattle against a wide range of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors alleged to be responsible for the explosive opioid epidemic across the United States and on the Swinomish Reservation. The tribe’s complaint alleges these companies convinced patients, hospitals, and physicians that opioids were safe for long-term use, despite significant evidence indicating the drugs are relatively ineffective in treating chronic pain, as well as being highly addictive. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s Band The R-23s Raise Nearly $14,000 for the Family Violence Appellate Project

Lieff Cabraser’s Band The R-23s Raise Nearly $14,000 for the Family Violence Appellate Project

Lieff Cabraser’s house band The R-23s came in 2nd place at the Family Violence Appellate Project’s (FVAP) 2018 “Banding Together to End Domestic Violence” annual battle-of-the-bands fundraiser on June 20th at The Chapel in San Francisco. The R-23s raised $13,950 for the FVAP, a nonprofit organization that represents domestic violence survivors and their families before the California Court of Appeals. [Read more…]

2018 ABA Survey of Federal Class Action Law Published

2018 ABA Survey of Federal Class Action Law Published

The American Bar Association (ABA) has published its 2018 “Survey of Federal Class Action Law,” whose contributors include Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth Cabraser, Kenneth Byrd, and Fabrice Vincent, as well as senior Lieff Cabraser paralegal Todd Carnam. The book provides a comprehensive, circuit-by-circuit analysis of federal class action law as it relates to emerging issues of the 21st century. Ms. Cabraser is the Executive Editor and Mr. Carnam is a Contributing Editor; Mr. Vincent is Co-Chair of the Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee of the ABA, and Mr. Byrd co-wrote the chapter on the 11th Circuit. [Read more…]

Outrage Grows as USC Tyndall Doctor Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

Outrage Grows as USC Tyndall Doctor Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

Widespread media attention and public awareness are growing in the wake of the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were patients of gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. as students at the University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]

American Bar Association Names John Spragens a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” for 2018

American Bar Association Names John Spragens a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” for 2018

The American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division has selected Lieff Cabraser associate John T. Spragens as a 2018 On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer. The ABA notes the On the Rise award is a testament to Spragens’ superb legal reputation and long-standing service to the public good. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos & Kenneth Byrd Elected to Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

Mark Chalos & Kenneth Byrd Elected to Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Kenneth S. Byrd will serve in leadership roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for the 2018-2019 year. Mark was elected Secretary of the TTLA and Treasurer of the TTLA’s Political Action Committee, “Lawyers Involved for Tennessee” (LIFT). At the same time, Kenny was re-elected to the TTLA Board of Governors. [Read more…]

“Shock, Dismay, and a Resolve to Hold USC and Dr. George Tyndall Accountable for Sexual Misconduct and Cover-Up” – A Post by Lawyer and USC Alum Annika K. Martin

Physician sexual abuse of patients

On a beautiful spring morning in 2004, on an outdoor stage in view of Tommy Trojan, I accepted my diploma from the University of Southern California’s law school. I was so proud to be a USC graduate that day, and for many days and years after that, as I used my law degree to fight for those who had been harmed by others. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against George Tyndall, M.D., and the University of Southern California for Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Other Serious Offenses

Womens Health Clinic

June 6th, 2018–BUSINESSWIRE–Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf LLC have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. while they were students at University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]

Consumers Reach Deal in Exploding Samsung Top-Loading Washers Case

Consumers Reach Deal in Exploding Samsung Top-Loading Washers Case

Consumers have reached a settlement in the multidistrict litigation against Samsung and retailers over exploding top-loading washing machines, which consumers report can vibrate and blow themselves apart. Some owners of affected machines may receive a new Samsung or other brand washing machine, rebates, or a “free in-home repair to reinforce their washers’ top.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and ERA Announce Joy Kruse Gender Justice Memorial Fund

Joy Kruse Gender Justice Memorial Fund

Lieff Cabraser and Equal Rights Advocates (“ERA”) announce the creation of the Joy Kruse Gender Justice Memorial Fund. Joy was an active supporter of ERA, a San Francisco-based non-profit devoted to expanding economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. The fund, created in Joy’s memory, reflects Joy’s passion for social justice. Joy Kruse passed away on May 22, 2018, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She leaves a community that loved her deeply, a legacy of impressive legal accomplishments, and the communities she served (including through Equal Rights Advocates) much stronger because of her dedication and leadership. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Speak on Anticompetitive Practices in the Labor Market at Harvard Law School

Dean Harvey to Speak on Anticompetitive Practices in the Labor Market at Harvard Law School

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be featured as a distinguished speaker at the “Unrigging the Market: Convening to Restore Competitive Labor Markets” program, taking place at Harvard Law School on June 13, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm ET. He will be participating in the panel titled “Anticompetitive Practices in the Labor Market.” [Read more…]

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases, Gender Pay Disparities, and the Future

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases

Law.com’s online journal The Recorder caught up with Lieff Cabraser partner and Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group Kelly M. Dermody for a substantial and wide-ranging question and answer session published June 1st (subscription). Noting Ms. Dermody’s leadership on equal pay and promotion gender class actions against industry giants like Google and Goldman Sachs, the publication talked to her about arbitration and class waivers, culture and its shaping of the law, and current progress on gender issues, among other topics. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Rock Stars Volunteer at SF-Marin Food Bank for 2018 Food From the Bar Drive

Lieff Cabraser Rock Stars Volunteer at SF-Marin Food Bank for 2018 Food From the Bar Drive

Lieff Cabraser staff donated their time and effort to volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank as part of Lieff Cabraser’s 2018 commitment to Food From The Bar. A huge thanks to team members Diamond Lewis, Xiang Li, Tannah Hess, Mary Laing, Leah Nutting, Rebecca Krause, Cayla Gordon and Cameron Miller for making LCHB’s Food From The Bar Volunteer Day a success. Volunteers worked to sort and package food for soup kitchens and neighborhood pantries served by the Food Bank, and had a great time doing it. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Talks to Law.com About Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

Kelly Dermody Talks to Law.com About Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

Recently, in a decision expected to have large-scale impact for companies and workers, the U.S. Supreme Court gave its approval to employment contracts that include class action waivers. Law.com spoke with Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group, about the case. As the journal notes, “Dermody is involved in some of the biggest labor and employment class actions around, and has long pushed companies to create and foster equal playing fields for all workers.” [Read more…]

Class Action Lawsuit For Pacific Fertility Center Storage Tank Failure Adds Tank Manufacturer As Defendant

Cryogenic Preservation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 31, 2018 – Victims of the storage tank disaster at Pacific Fertility Center have filed an amended complaint in their class action lawsuit, which provides new information and developments related to the March 2018 tank failure incident. The lawsuit, arising out of the mishandling of thousands of embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center, names Chart Industries, Inc. as a new defendant alongside the previously-named defendants Pacific Fertility Center and Prelude Fertility, Inc. The amended complaint was filed by Interim Class Counsel from the law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (Lieff Cabraser), Girard Gibbs LLP, and Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane PLC (Peiffer Wolf). [Read more…]

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver has written a piece for the Impact Fund legal practitioner blog titled “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions.” The piece looks at the gender discrimination case Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, No. 10-6950 (S.D.N.Y.), wherein the court recently certified a Rule 23(b)(3) class of female vice presidents and associates who challenge Goldman Sachs’ performance evaluation, compensation, and promotion processes, and explains how the Dukes’ cases limits on class actions don’t apply. [Read more…]