Lieff Cabraser Announces Proposed Settlement of Fuel Economy Cases in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, & Products Liability Litigation

Fuel economy

Settlement with owners and lessees of Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and VW vehicles valued at up to $96.5 million

New York—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser announces the settlement of class action litigation on behalf of owners and lessees of approximately 98,000 gasoline-powered Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Bentley vehicles sold and/or leased in the U.S. The settlement secures up to $96.5 million to resolve claims that the affected vehicles were equipped with software that, as calibrated, caused the vehicles to emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) and obtain up to 1 MPG less fuel economy than was originally represented. [Read more…]

Benchmark Litigation Names Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2019

Benchmark Litigation Names Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2019

Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody to its Top 250 Women in Litigation 2019 listing. Benchmark Litigation, touted as “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” covers the United States, Canada, Latin America and, most recently, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, –  is now in its twelfth year of publication. [Read more…]

Six Lieff Cabraser Partners Named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 & Under Hot List”

Six Lieff Cabraser Partners Named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 & Under Hot List”

Benchmark Litigation, “the definitive guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States,” has announced this year’s Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List. The list highlights lawyers who are standouts among the top young talent in their respective practice areas in the United States and Canada. [Read more…]

October 21 2019 Deadline for Northern California Wildfire Claims Against PG&E

Northern California wildfire victims, including those who suffered injury and losses as a result of the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires, have only until October 21, 2019 to file proof of claims against PG&E.

Bankruptcy proceedings force narrow window for Wine Country and Camp wildfire victims to make claims

Northern California wildfire victims, including those who suffered injury and losses as a result of the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires, have only until October 21, 2019 to file proof of claims against PG&E. Formal notice of the filing deadline was issued in June by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali after PG&E announced its plans to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [Read more…]

Teens Hospitalized For Juul-Related Lung Damage Skyrocket in Numbers

Teens Hospitalized For Juul-Related Lung Damage Skyrocket in Numbers

CBS News reports that within the last month at least a dozen young people in Wisconsin ranging from teens to those in their mid-thirties have been hospitalized requiring treatment for severe lung damage, and that the number is steadily rising. All the affected patients appear to have been harmed by using Juul vaped tobacco products. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody and Four Other Outstanding California Women Lawyers Receive the ABA’s 2019 Margaret Brent Award

Kelly Dermody 2019 Margaret Brent Award

On August 11, 2019, five extraordinary lawyers from California were honored at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco with the 2019 ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, considered by many to be the highest award for women in the legal profession. [Read more…]

New York State and 18 Other Jurisdictions Drastically Expand Window on Child Sexual Abuse Cases

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Victims can now bring suit for much older abuse cases that would in the past have been blocked by statutes of limitation

Nonprofit think tank Child USA reports that no fewer than 19 jurisdictions in the United States are significantly expanding their windows on the prosecution of sexual abuse crimes. On August 14, 2019, New York State will be the first to do so by extending its criminal statute of limitations for felony prosecutions for sexual abuse to victims aged 28 and for misdemeanor prosecutions to victims aged 25. The new law will also allow civil claims against individuals and institutions to be brought by adults up to age 55, and removes the 90-day notice requirement for claims against public institutions. The new law further opens a 1-year “revival window” against individuals and institutions that will allow past abuse to be reported and prosecuted. This new mandate was signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019. [Read more…]

AbbVie Medical Fraud Lawsuit Highlights Growing Nationwide Concern With Big Pharma Paying Doctors to Get New Customers

AbbVie Medical Fraud Lawsuit Highlights Growing Nationwide Concern With Big Pharma Paying Doctors to Get New Customers

As reported by USA Today, there is a growing concern across the U.S. over the apparent surge in dangerous and highly expensive medications being pushed on the public by drug manufactures whose main concern is not turning a new corner in patient health but rather turning over millions in profits. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Get AbbVie Medical Fraud Case Remanded to State Court

Plaintiffs Get AbbVie Medical Fraud Case Remanded to State Court

On September 18, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones sued AbbVie, Inc. for violations of the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (“IFPA”) by providing kickbacks to healthcare providers throughout California relating to sale of the immunosuppressive drug Humira. Defendant AbbVie removed the case to federal court, arguing that the State of California should be disregarded as a nominal for jurisdictional purposes. [Read more…]

Official Facebook Page for Northern California Wildfire Assistance Program Goes Live

Wildfire Assistance program

Attendant website at www.norcalwildfireassistanceprogram.com also made public

The Wildfire Assistance Program has announced the posting of their official Facebook page with updates and information about the program. The Program will provide urgent need funds to certain persons affected by the 2017 and 2018 Wildfires in Northern California. [Read more…]

Law.com’s “Meet the Attorneys” in the Hotchkiss School Sexual Assault Case

Hotchkiss sexual abuse case lawyers

The Connecticut Law Tribune and Law.com (subscription) recently published an overview of the lawyers prosecuting and defending claims in the suit accusing the Hotchkiss School of breach of fiduciary duty for allegedly taking no action to protect boys allegedly sexually abused at the school decades ago. In late July 2019, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden for the second time rejected a request by the attorneys representing the Hotchkiss School to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the prestigious college preparatory institution, ruling in favor of the plaintiff that a jury trial should take place. [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster appears to be signaling support for the inventive new settlement approach proposed earlier this summer by attorneys for local government plaintiffs in the federal opioids litigation on behalf of about 40 local government entities. According to the publication, in the nearly two-hour hearing held on August 6th, Judge Polster expressed virtually zero criticism of the negotiation class concept and dismissed several objections voiced by the defendants and state attorneys general. Though a ruling was not issued, the judge left onlookers with a solid impression that he was likely to endorse the novel approach. [Read more…]

Wendy Fleishman and Sarah London to Speak at HarrisMartin’s JUUL, E-Cigarettes & Vaping Conference

Wendy Fleishman and Sarah London to Speak at HarrisMartin’s JUUL, E-Cigarettes & Vaping Conference

Lieff Cabraser partners Wendy R. Fleishman and Sarah R. London will be speaking at HarrisMartin’s “JUUL, E-Cigarettes & Vaping Conference: Emerging Litigation and Liability Theories Agenda,” at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Wendy will be discussing the marketing of e-cigarettes to teens and children in a presentation entitled “JUUL and Our Kids: Marketing and Promoting the JUUL Device From ‘Vaporized’ to ‘Make the Switch.’” [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Seek Relocation for Gilead Sciences Inferior HIV Drugs Trial

Plaintiffs Seek Relocation for Gilead Sciences Inferior HIV Drugs Trial

In lawsuits against pharma giant Gilead Sciences, plaintiffs across California allege they suffered ill effects from HIV drugs made and distributed by Gilead that were more harmful derivatives than other drugs the company had created but not sold until its stock of the inferior drugs was exhausted. As reported by the Daily Journal (subscription), attorneys for some of those plaintiffs are asking the judge to switch the case to a venue and location that would be more reachable and meaningful than the current Santa Clara County location. In an earlier tentative ruling, California Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman proposed that the 19 consolidated personal injury lawsuits be tried in Santa Clara County. Alternative venue suggestions include Alameda, San Francisco and Los Angeles counties. [Read more…]