Recall of Valsartan Blood Pressure Medication Expanded to Some Lots of Losartan Over Similar Fears of Carcinogen Tainting

Losartan Recall

As reported by CBS News, Macleods Pharmaceuticals is recalling another 32 lots of its widely used blood pressure medication Losartan that was sold nationwide, after finding the medication contained trace amounts of a probable carcinogen known as NMBA. [Read more…]

Judge Sets Oct 21st Deadline for Northern California PG&E Wildfire Claims

California Wildfires

As reported by Law360, Northern California wildfire victims will have until October 21, 2019 to file proof of claims against PG&E as a result of a ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali made on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The deadline was imposed despite objections from Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, who argued that a four-month deadline provides insufficient time to optimally reach fire victims with potential claims.  [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Win 2019 “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” Award at Annual FVAP Charity Event

Lieff Cabraser's Rockin' Band The R-23s

We are delighted to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s in-house rock and roll band The R-23s have won the coveted “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” award after winning big at the annual Family Violence Appellate Project’s June 20th  Banding Together to End Domestic Violence fundraising event at The Chapel in San Francisco. Along with receiving first place and Best Band bragging rights, the R-23’s were able to account for $22,817 toward the event’s total contribution of $186,687 to help California survivors of domestic violence! [Read more…]

First Amended Complaint Filed in Select Portfolio Servicing Mortgage Fraud Litigation

High-cost mortgage loans

Lieff Cabraser has filed the First Amended Class Action Complaint on behalf of plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit in New York alleging that Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. is defrauding customers through improper interest rate change calculations and illegal collection of late fees on post-acceleration mortgage loans. As a result of the improper practices detailed in the complaint, SPS customers are overpaying for their mortgage loans. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin to Discuss Discovery Case Law Updates at 2019 Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum

Annika K. Martin to Discuss Discovery Case Law Updates at 2019 Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum

The fifth annual Complex Litigation E-Discovery forum, co-founded and produced by Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin, will be held September 19-20, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event’s second discussion group, “Discovery Case Law Update” at 10:45-11:45 on September 20th, will be led by Ms. Martin along with co-facilitators Jacksy Bilsborrow of Weitz & Luxenberg and Zachary Wool of Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix.

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Ohio Federal Judge Open to Plaintiffs’ “Novel Ideal” for Faster Settlement of Nationwide Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Open to Plaintiffs’ “Novel Ideal” for Faster Settlement of Nationwide Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster appeared receptive to an inventive new settlement proposal introduced on behalf of about 40 local government entities by plaintiffs’ attorneys at the June 25 hearing in Ohio federal court. Judge Polster oversees nearly 2,000 lawsuits in the opioid multidistrict litigation. Plaintiffs’ proposal would establish a “negotiation class” composed of all the individual cities and counties in the U.S. to seek a global settlement deal with opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies alleged to have been responsible for fueling the unprecedented opioid epidemic. [Read more…]

Ex-USC Gynecologist George Tyndall Arrested in Sex Abuse Cases in Los Angeles

USC

Tyndall’s sexual abuse and misconduct of hundreds of female USC students led to a $215 million settlement for victims, formal notice for which to go out July 11

Reports are emerging that former USC gynecologist George Tyndall, the focus of a massive sexual abuse and misconduct class action that recently resulted in a settlement for victims valued at $215 million, has been arrested at his home in Los Angeles to face sexual abuse charges related to 16 individual patients. Tyndall’s lawyers confirmed the new of his arrest, noting that Tyndall maintains his innocence and refutes the hundreds, even thousands, of accusations and allegations made against him. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Lexi J. Hazam Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in California Woolsey Fire Cases

Lexi J. Hazam Appointed Co-Lead in California Woolsey Fire Cases

On June 21, 2019, Judge William F. Highberger of the Superior Court of California issued a Case Management Order naming Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Personal Injury practice group Lexi J. Hazam as Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the coordinated Woolsey Fire Cases relating to the devastating 2018 fire that burned more than 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. [Read more…]

Fabrice Vincent Appointed Co-Chair of the Products Liability Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation

Fabrice N. Vincent Appointed Co-Chair of the Products Liability Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation

We are pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Fabrice Vincent has been appointed Co-Chair of the Products Liability Committee of the American Bar Association. The ABA Section of Product Liability features a diverse committee of professionals from many different ages and backgrounds who write and speak on a variety of topics on product liability. The committee offers its members the opportunity to work and engage with colleagues who are experienced in the committee’s area of expertise in order to educate newer attorneys entering the field and help to develop advanced practice skills. [Read more…]

Daily Journal Names Elizabeth Cabraser A “2019 Top Plaintiffs’ Lawyer”

Daily Journal Names Elizabeth Cabraser A “2019 Top Plaintiffs’ Lawyer"

The Daily Journal has named Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser to its annual listing of “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” recognized for her groundbreaking work in personal injury and environmental law. The Journal uses its Top Plaintiff Lawyer awards to acknowledge attorneys’ active involvement in significant cases that make a difference in California and the world. [Read more…]

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

On June 17, 2019, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint in the consumer fraud litigation against Teva, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Solco Healthcare based on reports that huge amounts of the hypertension drug Valsartan, the generic equivalent of the hypertension drug Diovan, were contaminated with a carcinogen called NDMA. This contamination and the subsequent sale and marketing of the tainted Valsartan perpetrated fraud and violation of warranties on the patient population for Valsartan, as well as violating other laws relating to the safe sale and distribution of prescription drugs. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Take on New Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Take on New 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 take on new leadership roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for the 2019-2020 year. Mark has been elected Vice President of the TTLA, after previously serving as Treasurer and Secretary, and will continue to serve as the Treasurer of the TTLA’s Political Action Committee, “Lawyers Involved for Tennessee” (LIFT). For his part, Kenny was re-elected to the TTLA Board of Governors. [Read more…]

ADMS INVESTORS NOTICE: Lieff Cabraser Investigates Claims Against Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

ADMS INVESTORS NOTICE: Lieff Cabraser Investigates Claims Against Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Lieff Cabraser is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Adamas” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ADMS), including investors who purchased Adamas common stock directly in the Company’s January 24, 2018 secondary public offering (“SPO”).

Adamas investors who wish to learn more about the investigation should click here or contact Sharon M. Lee of Lieff Cabraser toll-free at 1-800-541-7358. [Read more…]

Sarah London to Speak at American Association for Justice’s Annual Mass Torts Seminar

Sarah London to Speak at American Association for Justice’s Annual Mass Torts Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London will be speaking at the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) annual mass torts seminar, “Everything You Want to Know About Mass Torts (But Are too Afraid to Ask),” at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 26, 2019. Sarah will be discussing the basics of Mass Tort Litigation in a presentation entitled “MDL 101.” The seminar will feature some of the nation’s leading mass tort litigators who will provide a comprehensive view of the critical aspects and nuances of litigating mass tort cases. [Read more…]

Michael Miarmi to Discuss Delaware Investor Law Issues at Council of Institutional Investors Webinar

Michael Miarmi Delaware Law Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Michael Miarmi will be presenting a webinar entitled “Delaware Law Update: What Investors Need to Know” for the Council of Institutional Investors on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm. The webinar will feature a panel discussion that explores the critical role Delaware law plays in shaping business, both in the United States and around the world, as a result of its advanced general corporation law and dedicated business court, the Delaware Court of Chancery. [Read more…]

Erwin Chemerinsky to Present First 2019 Elizabeth Cabraser Summer Lecture: “The Supreme Court Term in Review: 2018–2019,” presented by Legal Aid at Work

Erwin Chemerinsky

As part of its 2019 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series, local Bay Area nonprofit Legal Aid at Work will present, “The Supreme Court Term in Review: 2018–2019,” a lecture by famed constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law  and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. The lecture will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:30pm at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco. The lecture series, named in honor of Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, strives to present a wide spectrum of topics and views affecting public interest law. [Read more…]

Myth vs. Fact Guide to the USC Dr. George Tyndall Sexual Abuse Settlement

USC and Dr. George Tyndall Sexual Abuse Cases

Below you will find comprehensive information on the settlement of the sexual abuse and gender violence filed on behalf of thousands of University of Southern California students against Dr. George Tyndall and USC.

Additional information is available on the official Settlement website. Anyone who thinks they may be a member of the class should visit the official website to read Court-approved information. 

MYTH: The class action settlement prevents survivors from filing individual lawsuits.

FACT: Women can choose to opt-out of the class action settlement and pursue their civil claims in court if they believe that is what is best for them. The settlement does not prevent any woman from pursuing her claim in court – instead, it simply provides an additional choice for survivors in how they wish to pursue their claims, if at all. Without the settlement, a survivor’s only choice is litigation. With the settlement, a survivor can still choose litigation if she wishes, or she can choose to participate in the settlement. The settlement increases choices for survivors; it doesn’t prevent anyone from doing anything.

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Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Issues Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval

USC

On June 13, 2019, Judge Steven V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement of the gender violence and sexual abuse litigation against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. The settlement will require USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients through a $215 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate.  [Read more…]

Preliminary Approval Granted to Settlement in Navistar Diesel Engine EGR Emissions Defect Litigation

Navistar MaxxForce Diesel Engine Emissions Settlement

$135 million settlement provides class members with $2,500 per truck or $10,000 rebate off new truck, or option to seek up to $15,000 per truck in out of pocket damages caused by alleged defect

On June 12, 2019, Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an Order granting preliminary approval to a proposed settlement of multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of plaintiff truck owners and lessees alleging that Navistar, Inc. and Navistar International, Inc. sold or leased 2011-2014 model year vehicles equipped with certain MaxxForce 11- or 13-liter diesel engines equipped with a defective EGR emissions system. Judge Gottschall ruled that the proposed class action settlement which had been submitted to the Court on May 28, 2019, is likely to be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate in addressing plaintiffs’ claims, and that the Court was also likely to certify the Settlement Class for purposes of implementing the settlement. [Read more…]

Steven Fineman Welcomed as Incoming Board-Chair of ADL New York Region

Steven Fineman Welcomed as Incoming Board-Chair of ADL New York Region

On June 12, 2019, Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey Region held its Annual Meeting with over 150 leaders, supporters, and community partners. The evening was an opportunity to welcome incoming leadership, including Lieff Cabraser Managing Partner Steven E. Fineman as Board Chair and Co-President of The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation Heidi Packer Eskenazi as Vice Chair. The 2018-2019 Glass Leadership Institute class was also recognized for their completion of the program and entry into the ADL New York leadership community. [Read more…]