Lawmakers Announce New ‘FAIR Act’ Bill to End Forced Arbitration

Lawmakers Announce New ‘Fair Act’ Bill to End Forced Arbitration

Democratic lawmakers today announced a new bill aimed at ending the practice of forced arbitration in employment contracts. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal, or FAIR Act, seeks to end the use of mandatory arbitration clauses, which are often inserted into workers contracts to require that employees waive their right to sue their employers. With the right to sue waived, employee complaints instead can only go through a private system where employers are automatically given the upper hand in disputes. [Read more…]

Passage of NY Child Victims Act Presents Vital Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Abuse at Rockefeller Hospital to Seek Redress

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

In 2018 The New York Times published an explosive article detailing a widespread pattern of sexual exploitation and abuse by now-deceased Dr. Reginald Archibald at New York’s Rockefeller University Hospital in a staggering range of incidents dating as far back as the 1950s and extending to a thousand patients or more. Now that New York legislature has passed a groundbreaking expansion of the time period in which survivors can bring lawsuits relating to such offenses, affected patients of Dr. Archibald are empowered to seek redress for their past victimization via legal means. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty in March 2019 Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

EJC and AKM Serve as Faculty in Duke Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

The Duke Law School Bolch Judicial Institute is holding an intensive 3-day mass-tort MDL instructional program from March 13-15, 2019. Faculty will include five experienced MDL judges, five preeminent mass-tort lead counsel, and 13 lawyers who have chaired specific-task MDL committees. The program is designed for plaintiff lawyers interested in getting into the tort and consumer mass-tort field or who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments. [Read more…]

Four Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

Lawdragon legal magazine  has published its annual listing of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,” which includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. CabraserKelly M. Dermody, Eric Fastiff, and Richard Heimann. Selected from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, law firm submissions, and other online nominations, the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers list is a mark of distinction in the legal profession across a wide range of practice areas. The 2019 list, Lawdragon’s 14th such edition, reflects a record-breaking, 40 percent representation of women. [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey to Speak at Santa Clara University School of Law Antitrust Symposium

DMH and BPG Antitrust Symposium

Lieff Cabraser partners Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey will speak at the “Antitrust and Silicon Valley: New Themes and Direction in Competition Law and Policy” symposium at the Santa Clara University School of Law on Friday, March 1, 2019. The event, co-sponsored by the California Lawyers Association: Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section, will feature a number of well-known antitrust and competition lawyers, experts, and scholars. [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Profiled in Plaintiff Magazine

Lexi Hazam Profiled in Plaintiff Magazine

Plaintiff Magazine has profiled Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam in a piece entitled, “Multidistrict Litigator Stares Down Big Pharma and Others with Help From Her Anthropological Background.” The profile describes Lexi’s journey from earning a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Stanford University to thoughts of going on for a Ph.D, to a career shift that led her to law school in the expectation that as a lawyer she could have a more direct positive impact on people’s lives. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to Receive 2019 ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

KMD Margaret Brent Award Blog

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly Dermody has been named as a recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, considered by many to be the highest award for women in the legal profession. Kelly will accept the award along with the four other 2019 recipients at the ABA’s Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco on Sunday, August 11, 2019. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Discusses Two-Sided Markets and Antitrust Law at California Lawyers Association Webinar

Dean Harvey Discusses Two-Sided Markets and Antitrust Law at California Lawyers Association Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey is teaching a webinar on “Antitrust Analysis in Two-Sided Markets” for the California Lawyers Association (CLA) from 12:00-1:00pm on February 21, 2019. The webinar is being put together by the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the CLA and will feature a panel discussion that will explore the treatment of two-sided markets in antitrust law, with an emphasis on how the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ohio v. American Express has been interpreted by courts and invoked by litigants thus far, and how the case is likely to shape legal theories and analysis in antitrust cases going forward. [Read more…]

Powerful CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor: “A USC Gynecologist Shattered My Illusions”

CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor

CNN has published a striking opinion piece written by USC alumna, Meggie Kwait, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC health center. Ms. Kwait recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Provides Written Comments on Proposed Federal Civil Rules Changes

MPC Comments on Proposed Changes to Federal Civil Rules

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has convened to review proposed changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6), the first major changes since the rule was first adopted in the early 1970s. The changes relate to pretrial identification and review of individuals designated by corporations to testify on the corporation’s behalf in civil lawsuits. The current amendment would require litigants to meet and confer about “the number and description of the matters for examination and the identity of each person the organization will designate to testify.” As detailed by AmLaw Litigation Daily, the plaintiffs bar is generally in favor of the change, though as the publication notes there are some plaintiff-side objections “to the call to limit the number of topics that can be covered.” [Read more…]

Samsung Exploding Washers Class Action Settlement to Make More Than $200 Million Available to Class Members

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

A federal court judge has granted preliminary approval to a settlement between Samsung Electronics and consumers who asserted claims that certain Samsung top-load washing machines could have their tops detach, their drain pumps fail, and even explode during normal use. Between the terms of the settlement preliminarily approved by Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the existing washer recall, more than $200 million is being made available to the class. [Read more…]

USC to Enact Campus-Wide Reforms to Prevent and Report Sexual and Racial Misconduct, Provide Monetary Relief to Thousands of Former Tyndall Patients as Part of Class Action Settlement

Physician sexual abuse of patients

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – University of Southern California (USC) students and alumni today filed a class action settlement agreement resolving claims related to gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. that will require USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize all of Tyndall’s patients through a $215 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Sexual Harassment at Women Judges Conference

Kelly Dermody Women Judges Conference

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Kelly Dermody will speak on the attorney panel at the upcoming National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) “#WETOO in the Legal Workplace” conference in Sacramento, California. The conference will present an exploration of sexual harassment in the legal setting in collaboration with the California Women Lawyers and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Speaks on Predatory California Bail Bonds Litigation at California Public Defenders Association Seminar

Dean Harvey Speaks on Predatory California Bail Bonds Litigation at California Public Defenders Association Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be speaking at the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) “New Statutes” seminar taking place on March 29, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, California. Dean’s talk is titled, “The Newly-Filed Lawsuit Challenging Unfairly High Non-Refundable Premiums Charged for Bail Bonds.” [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Testifies in Washington About Proposed Changes to the Corporate Deposition Rules


Mark P. Chalos, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, testified on February 8, 2019 at the Federal Rules Advisory Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., regarding proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure governing the deposition of corporate entities. [Read more…]

GM Trust Negotiates New Proposed Settlement in Ignition Switch Defect Litigation


As reported by Law360 (subscription), the trust for General Motors’ unsecured creditors has submitted a new proposal to a New York bankruptcy court containing a revised proposed settlement of the company’s legacy ignition switch lawsuits, under which consumers who claim GM sold them defective vehicles seek class certification for their claims. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser In Trial Magazine: How to Appeal-Proof Your Verdict

Elizabeth Cabraser In Trial Magazine: How to Appeal-Proof Your Verdict

An article published in the February 2019 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine, features a list from Lieff Cabraser founding partner, Elizabeth Cabraser, of the “7 Ways to Appeal-Proof Your Verdict.” Cabraser notes that while “a verdict for your client may not be the end of your case-sometimes, it is a ticket to a court of appeals.” She recommends 7 steps that can function as a way to “safeguard that verdict.” These include: [Read more…]