New York State Senate Passes Child Victims Act

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

After years of being blocked by a Republican-controlled legislature, the Child Victims Act, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman’s and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, has finally been passed by the New York State Senate. As reported by The New York Times, for the past 13 years, activists and Democratic officials in the state of New York have fought to strengthen protections for childhood abuse victims, only to face significant resistance from powerful interests groups including insurance companies, private schools, and leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish communities. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Public Interest Groups Bring Lawsuit Alleging Insurance Companies Conspired to Inflate California Bail Bond Premiums

Lawsuit Brought by Lieff Cabraser and Public Interest Groups Contends Insurance Companies Conspired to Inflate Bail Bond Premiums

Suit filed on behalf of thousands of Californians alleges conspiracy in the bail industry to fix prices and inflate bail bond premiums, making it more difficult for people to afford bail

SAN FRANCISCO — In a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit filed today in California Superior Court, the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Justice Catalyst, Public Counsel, the National Consumer Law Center, and Towards Justice allege that an antitrust conspiracy has fixed the prices of the premiums paid for commercial bail bonds since at least 2004. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Profiled by Law360 as Class Action Group of the Year

Lieff Cabraser Profiled by Law360 as Class Action Group of the Year

Law360 has published an in-depth profile on Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP after previously recognizing the firm as a 2019 Class Action Group of the Year. Law360’s piece highlights Lieff Cabraser’s commitment to battling moneyed corporations on behalf of consumers and winning big.  [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson to Speak at 2019 Impact Fund Class Action Conference in San Francisco

Daniel Hutchinson to Speak at 2019 Impact Fund Class Action Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Daniel Hutchinson will be speaking on Friday February 22nd at the Impact Fund’s 2019 Class Action Conference in San Francisco as part of a panel discussion on the current state of ascertainability, “Ascertainability isn’t a thing. Or is it?” As the conference describes it, “complex litigation experts will discuss the current state of ascertainability in federal and California courts, how to manage class actions to head off ascertainability arguments, and strategies for responding when they inevitably show up in court.” [Read more…]

Michael Sobol Named a Top California Cybersecurity Lawyer for the Second Year Running

Daily Journal Names Michael Sobol a Top California Cybersecurity Lawyer for 2019

The Daily Journal (subscription) has published its second annual “Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers” supplement, a listing that includes Lieff Cabraser partner Michael W. Sobol as one of 20 lawyers “at the forefront of Cybersecurity law in California.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Rings in 2019 at Station Inn Celebration

Lieff Cabraser Nashville 2019

Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office brought 2019 to a great start with its annual New Year’s celebration at the Station Inn in The Gulch. Pictured above are Mark Chalos, managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office (center), Annika K. Martin, and Suzanne Keith (right), Executive Director of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. The party was covered by the Nashville Post (subscription), you can see their site for additional photos. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Speak on the Latest Developments in No-Poach Agreements at the California Lawyers Association (CLA)

DMH to Speak at CLA No Poach Program

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be featured as a distinguished speaker at the “Latest Developments in No-Poach Agreements” program taking place at the California Lawyers Association (CLA) on January 29, 2019 from 12:00pm,-1:00pm. The program is being put together by the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section and the Labor & Employment Section of the CLA and will feature the following: [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to Trial Magazine About the Critical Importance of Juries

Mark Chalos Quoted in AAJ Trial Magazine Article Highlighting the Importance of Juries

An article in the January 2019 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine uses a recent injury case to highlight the importance of jurors to our civil justice system. In the case, the question of whether to let a jury decide a pivotal matter arose on the issue of defendants’ summary judgment motion to have the case dismissed entirely. [Read more…]

Florida Smoker Finally Wins $27 Million Judgment Against Philip Morris

Federal Judge Orders Phillip Morris to Pay Delayed $20M Tobacco Verdict

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 $20,760,000.14 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…]

Annika K. Martin Featured in WSB-TV Atlanta Report on Mercedes-Benz Mold Lawsuits

Annika K. Martin Featured in WSB-TV Atlanta News Report on Georgia Mercedes-Benz Mold Lawsuits

In May of 2017, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the Mercedes-Benz Vehicle AC Mold class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers in federal court in Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA over complaints that various Mercedes vehicles, dating as far back as the 1999 model year through to the present, have a serious design defect that causes the air conditioning system to accumulate mold and mildew, spewing extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles any time the air system is in use. [Read more…]

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Class Action Practice Group of the Year

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Class Action Practice Group of the Year

Law360 has announced the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, selecting Lieff Cabraser for Practice Group of the Year in the category of Class Action Law. This distinguished recognition honors “law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry.” This is the fourth time in four years our firm has received the Practice Group of the Year designation. [Read more…]

$307.5M Class Settlement with Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Will Compensate Owners and Lessees, Provide Repairs that Protect Environment while Maintaining Performance and Fuel Economy

Claims Process Begins for FCA ‘EcoDiesel’ Settlement

Government-approved emissions modifications, substantial cash payments to become available upon settlement approval for approximately 100,000 eligible vehicles; extended warranties to protect long-term reliability and performance

San Francisco, CA—A class action settlement agreement filed today by the consumer plaintiffs in the Fiat Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep (FCA) “EcoDiesel” Litigation will, if approved, provide eligible owners and lessees with substantial cash payments in addition to government-approved emissions modifications and extended warranties. The proposed settlement totaling $307.5 million ($280 million from FCA and $27.5 million from Bosch) was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation overseen by Judge Edward M. Chen. [Read more…]

Kelly M. Dermody Elected to Membership in the American Law Institute

KMD Elected to Membership in ALI

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group, has been elected as a member of the American Law Institute. The Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. [Read more…]

Media Groups Challenge 9th Circuit Ruling in Nike Copyright Infringement Suit

Nike copyright blog

As reported by Law360, the American Society of Media Photographers and the National Press Photographers Association have joined forces to file a 25-page amicus brief in support of photographer Jacobus Rentmeester, who Lieff Cabraser represents in a suit claiming that Nike Inc. violated copyright law by improperly using his famous 1984 image of Michael Jordan for its “Jumpman” logo. [Read more…]