Google Employees Push for Legislation to End Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Google employees are organizing a phone drive that will take place on Wednesday, May 1st to press lawmakers into supporting The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act. The FAIR Act is an initiative recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives seeking to end the use of arbitration agreements in employment contracts so as to sidestep public trials. Widely used across many industries, these clauses are inserted into workers’ contracts more and more frequently to require that the workers waive their right to sue their employers in a real and public court. Instead, employee complaints are funneled into a private legal system, where employers (who fund the system) are viewed as having the upper hand in the settling of job-related disputes. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Class Action Lawsuit Against Hyundai, Kia, and ZF-TRW Automotive for Fraud and Concealment of Deadly Airbag Safety Defect Affecting 12.5 Million Vehicles

Airbag Suits Continue

Airbag control unit (ACU) defect that causes the safety devices to fail affects airbags also supplied to numerous other vehicle manufacturers, including Toyota/Acura, Honda, FiatChrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Mitsubishi

On April 29, 2019, Lieff Cabraser and Baron & Budd filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in California on behalf of consumers across the U.S. against Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motor America, and ZF-TRW Automotive Holding Corp. over defective vehicle airbags that fail to operate during crashes due to electrical overstress (“EOS”). As detailed in the Complaint, a defect in the application-specific integrated circuit (“ASIC”) built into the airbags causes a failure in the Airbag Control Unit that prevents the airbags and the seat belt pretensioners, both vital to maximizing safety in a vehicle crash, from deploying. As the Complaint further alleges, ZF-TRW, Hyundai, and Kia became aware of the ACU defect as early as 2011, but did nothing to protect consumers or warn of the product dangers until 2018. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s The R-23s Compete in Law Rocks San Francisco’s “Battle of the Bands” 2019 Benefit Concert

Lieff Cabraser’s The R-23s Compete in Law Rocks San Francisco’s “Battle of the Bands” 2019 Benefit Concert

Last Thursday at The Chapel in San Francisco, eight legal professional bands, including Lieff Cabraser’s powerhouse R-23s, came together to perform at the Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco “Battle of the Bands” fundraising event for local Bay Area nonprofits. The R-23s rocked out in support of The Arc of the East Bay, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide advocacy, support and education to individuals and families living in East Bay communities who are affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s benefit raised over $136,000, the most yet in the event’s seven-year run of fundraising to support local charities like The Arc of the East Bay. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody A Featured Panelist at American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference

Kelly Dermody A Featured Panelist at American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will speak as a distinguished panelist at the American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will be featured on a panel titled “#MeToo and Beyond: Addressing Sexual Harassment, Pay Inequity and Other Forms of Gender Discrimination in the International Workplace.” [Read more…]

Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down Civil Justice Damages Cap

Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down Civil Justice Damages Cap

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has invalidated a state law that limited damages for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits to $350,000. The court ruled that the 2011 civil justice statute implementing the damages cap was an unconstitutional “special law” that treats people who survive injuries differently than those who don’t; Oklahoma’s constitution forbids caps on damages in death cases. [Read more…]

FDA Orders Medical Device Manufacturers to Stop Selling Transvaginal Mesh Surgical Products

FDA Orders Medical Device Manufacturers to Stop Selling Transvaginal Mesh Surgical Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered Boston Scientific and Coloplast medical device companies to stop selling trans vaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh or bladder sling, products used for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. [Read more…]

New Film ‘When Rules Don’t Apply’ Spotlights Successful Antitrust Challenges to Illegal High-Tech Labor Practices

When Rules Don’t Apply Film

Half-hour film includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser Antitrust & Employment Law partner Dean Harvey on the civil Apple/Google/Intel et al. lawsuit initiated by our firm

In the wake of the successful and precedent-setting lawsuit against numerous tech giants of Silicon Valley, David Donnenfield of Full Frame Productions and Kevin White of Filmmakers Collaborative SF have released “When Rules Don’t Apply,” a new short film highlighting the pivotal legal antitrust actions brought by Lieff Cabraser and its co-counsel against Google, Apple, eBay and other major hi-tech players over the illegal suppression of employee wages and restrictions on employee mobility. [Read more…]

7th Annual Law Rocks Featuring Lieff Cabraser’s R23s is Fast Approaching

7th Annual Law Rocks

Law Rocks Global Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco rock and roll extravaganza is coming up on April 25, 2019. The event will take place at The Chapel in San Francisco and features seven bands composed of local legal professionals in a “Battle of the Bands” benefit for area nonprofits. Lieff Cabraser’s band, The R-23s, will be one of the bands performing at the concert, participating in support of the nonprofit The Arc of the East Bay, whose mission is to provide advocacy, support, and education to individuals and families living in East Bay communities who are affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. [Read more…]

New York AG Sues Private Stem Cell Clinic for Injury and Fraud

Stem Cells

Attorney General sues on behalf of injured patients over “reckless” conduct, “egregious” injuries from wildly expensive treatments

Last week, New York State Attorney General Letitita James sued Park Avenue Stem Cell, a private NYC clinic, for allegedly injuring and defrauding patients. Attorney General James is one of many state and federal regulators scrutinizing a growing field of private clinics and their affiliates that represent — recklessly and without full information — to prospective patients that a variety of illnesses can be reversed or made more tolerable by very expensive stem cell injections. [Read more…]

California Federal Judge Rules DIRECTV Cannot Avoid Robocall Lawsuit

California Federal Judge Rules DIRECTV Cannot Avoid Robocall Lawsuit

As reported by Bloomberg Law (subscription), on Friday March 29, 2019, U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California certified two proposed plaintiff classes in a federal lawsuit against DIRECTV over allegations the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by directing debt collection companies to make unwanted telemarketing phone calls to consumers on their behalf. The Court found that questions common to all class members outweigh any individualized questions of possible consent to the calls. [Read more…]