LA Times: How Restaurants Are Struggling to Pay Rent During Coronavirus Pandemic

Robert J. Nelson and Naomi Pomeroy Discuss Business Interruption Insurance Claim Denial and Lawsuits on OpenTable’s ‘In it Together’ Webinar Series

The impact of the Coronavirus on the restaurant industry has been massive. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, restaurant owners have been forced to cut costs and cut staff. Even after receiving government-issued Paycheck Protection Program money, many still cannot afford to pay their rent or payroll. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Robert Nelson Named “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for 2020

Elizabeth Cabraser and Robert Nelson Named “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for 2020

The Daily Journal (subscription) has named Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Robert J. Nelson to its annual list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. After reviewing hundreds of nominations, The Daily Journal honors a chosen 100 of California’s leading lawyers who are involved in “the most cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions, and who have had the greatest impact in and beyond the legal industry.” [Read more…]

11th Circuit Upholds $2 Million Plaintiff’s Injury Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

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

As reported by Law360 (subscription required), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $2.12M verdict against the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds in favor of a smoker’s widow. The three judge panel also said she was entitled to a new trial on punitive damages in her Engle progeny case, that is, a trial that would only concern the amount of damages to be assessed, with the underlying judgment of RJ Reynolds’ guilt and responsibility carrying through from the previous trial. The decision is being viewed as a significant victory for the plaintiff. [Read more…]

Final Approval Granted to Settlement of Nationwide Mercedes-Benz Vehicle A/C Mold and Mildew Case

Mold in vehicle air conditioning

Uncapped settlement will provide reimbursement for qualified past repairs and all or part of the cost of future repairs to owners and lessees of approximately 2.5 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles affected by the alleged HVAC system mold and mildew defects

Lieff Cabraser and Corpus Law Patel announce U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has granted final approval to a nationwide settlement between vehicle owners/lessees and Mercedes-Benz to end the class action product defect litigation over claims that certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles were affected by HVAC system defects that led to noxious odors inside the vehicles that could be severe enough to render the luxury vehicles unfit for driving. [Read more…]

Univ. of Michigan Vice President Overrode Decision to Fire Sexual Predator Dr. Robert Anderson Despite Abuse Allegations

University of Michigan

As reported by The Detroit News, new testimony in the sexual abuse litigation against the University of Michigan and the late Dr. Robert Anderson has revealed that a longtime UofM vice president overturned a 1979 decision to fire Anderson, university doctor and athletics program physician, over allegations he sexually assaulted hundreds of students. The decision allowed Anderson to remain employed at the university overseeing the care of athletes and other students for another 24 years. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Graco Child Car Seat Fraudulent Marketing & Injuries Litigation

Mark Chalos Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Graco Child Car Seat Fraudulent Marketing & Injuries Litigation

On September 9, 2020, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May of the Northern District of Georgia issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser Nashville Managing Partner Mark P. Chalos to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the multidistrict litigation centered in Georgia against Graco accusing the company of improper, fraudulent, and dangerous marketing of child car booster seats. [Read more…]

Vaping Seen to Dramatically Increase Chances of Contracting Covid-19, Intensification of Coronavirus Illness

Juul dangers

Emerging data on coronavirus indicate radically heightened risks, particularly for young vapers and smokers

The New York Times reports that experts are warning the corona virus and its attendant respiratory disease are more easily contracted by and can cause elevated damage to the already-scarred lungs of smokers and vapers. Several new studies have found that smoking can double a person’s risk of severe covid-19 symptoms, and researchers are now reporting that young adults who vape are five times more likely to contract the coronavirus. There are also heightened concerns about other vape liquid additives such as Vitamin E acetate, which can further expose the lungs of vapers to toxins and foreign contaminants. This exposure weakens the body’s ability to fight diseases as airways become clogged and the flow of oxygen to the blood is impeded. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Win Summary Judgment in Favor of Public School Students in Department of Education CARES Act Fund Misallocation Lawsuit

Desks in public school classroom

On September 4, 2020, United States District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich issued an Order granting summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed on behalf of public school students from California, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia challenging an unlawful restriction imposed by US Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos on over $16 billion in funds that Congress allocated to schools under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) Act. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Score Win on Failed Statute of Limitations Defense in NCAA/Rembao Student Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Track women athletes

Judge’s order preserves NCAA portion of the case, moving it to Indiana federal court; also upholds plaintiffs’ false imprisonment claims as adequately pled for litigation

September 3, 2020, San Francisco—(BUSINESSWIRE) —In March 2020, three former student-athletes filed a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the NCAA Board of Governors, and John Rembao, the former track and cross-country coach at the University of Arizona, University of Texas-Austin and other NCAA universities. Filed on behalf of the students by the law firms Fegan Scott and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the complaint alleges that the NCAA put student-athletes at all NCAA member schools in harm’s way by failing to prohibit sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual contact between coaches and student-athletes, and by permitting coaches accused of sexual abuse to move unfettered between NCAA schools. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief to Help Economically Disadvantaged Public School Students Receive CARES Act Funding

Desks in public school classroom

On August 28, 2020, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of public school students from California, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia challenging an unlawful restriction imposed by US Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos on over $16 billion in funds that Congress allocated to schools under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) Act. [Read more…]

Class Action Against University of Michigan Seeks Justice for Survivors of Dr. Robert E. Anderson, to Create Lasting Change at U of M

Michigan stadium

Amended complaint includes additional survivor seeking to represent interests of other victims; references new deposition testimony of a former UM employee Easthope

September 1, 2020, Detroit, MI—(BUSINESSWIRE)—A new victim of Dr. Robert E. Anderson has come forward in an amended class action complaint against the University of Michigan, seeking to serve as a representative for the thousands of other students who were put in harm’s way by the school physician from 1968 to 2003. The amended complaint was filed by Lieff Cabraser, The Miller Law Firm, and Sauder Schelkopf, who were previously appointed as interim class counsel by Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, who is overseeing the litigation. [Read more…]

Michael Sobol Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation by Best Lawyers for Northern California

Michael Sobol Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation by Best Lawyers for Northern California

Only one lawyer gets “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for each specialty and location

Best Lawyers has published its new lawyer and law firm ratings for 2021, and we are proud to highlight Lieff Cabraser Michael W. Sobol’s selection as “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation for Northern California. [Read more…]

Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, and Trick Dog File Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Farmers Group, Inc. and Other Insurers Over Improper Denial of Business Insurance Claims

Justice for Restaurants

Lieff Cabraser and the Law Office of Alexandra L. Foote expand their state and federal lawsuits on behalf of world-renowned restaurants against multiple insurers with new case on behalf of Thomas McNaughton’s restaurants and bars for denial of proper business interruption insurance claims

August 26, 2020, San Francisco–(BUSINESSWIRE)–Lieff Cabraser and the Law Office of Alexandra L. Foote announce the filing of a new breach of contract lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of Thomas McNaughton’s celebrated restaurants Flour + Water and Central Kitchen, and the acclaimed bar Trick Dog, against Farmer’s Group Inc., Mid-Century Insurance Company, and Truck Insurance Exchange alleging the improper denial of valid business interruption insurance claims in the wake of Covid-19. The complaint alleges that in the wake of substantial financial losses incurred after government-ordered Coronavirus-driven business shutdowns, the plaintiff restaurants and bar made claims on their business interruption insurance policies and were instantly denied coverage by the defendant insurers. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Named Co-Lead Counsel in Federal Evenflo Child Booster Seat Fraud and Injury Litigation

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Named Co-Lead Counsel in Federal Evenflo Child Booster Seat Fraud and Injury Litigation

On August 27, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper appointed Lieff Cabraser Nashville Managing Partner Mark P. Chalos as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation centered in Massachusetts against Evenflo accusing the company of improper, fraudulent, and dangerous marketing of child car booster seats. [Read more…]

Final Approval Granted to $48.95M Knorr Wabtec Railway Industry Employee No-Poach Antitrust Settlement

Railway freight cars and train

Lawsuit alleged the companies agreed to under-the-table and illegal deals to not-hire each other’s employees in order to keep wages and job competition low

On August 26, 2020, Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted final approval to a settlement of the labor antitrust litigation filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of railway workers who alleged an illegal scheme by Knorr and Wabtec to improperly avoid hiring each other’s employees to artificially suppress compensation and competition in the related job market. Judge Conti found the settlement merited final approval, and approved the proposed Notice Administrator, the forms of Notice and the Notice Plan, conditionally certified a Settlement Class that satisfied all prerequisites for Rule 23(a) and (b) certification. [Read more…]

Eric Fastiff Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Antitrust Litigation by Best Lawyers for Northern California

Eric Fastiff Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Antitrust Litigation by Best Lawyers for Northern California

Only one lawyer gets “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for each specialty and location

Best Lawyers has published its new lawyer and law firm ratings for 2021, and we are proud to highlight Lieff Cabraser Eric B. Fastiff’s selection as “Lawyer of the Year” for Antitrust Litigation for Northern California. [Read more…]

California Appeals Court Rules Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Defective Products Sold Through Its Site

California Appeals Court Rules Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Defective Products Sold Through Its Site

Lieff Cabraser attorney Evan Ballan & Ben Siminou of Siminou Appeals file persuasive amicus brief on behalf of Public Justice and the CAOC in support of injured plaintiff Angela Bolger

A California Court of Appeals has ruled that Amazon can be held strictly liable in the state for dangerously defective products sold by third parties on its website, including those listed as being “Fulfilled by Amazon.” The pivotal decision comes after evidence was presented showing that the company’s online marketplace is flooded with defective, dangerous, counterfeit, substandard, and even flat-out illegal products. [Read more…]

Sixteen Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as Lawdragon “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” for 2020

Sixteen Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as Lawdragon “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” for 2020

Lawdragon legal magazine has published its list of “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” for 2020, outstanding lawyers who specialize “in representing plaintiffs in securities and other business litigation, antitrust, and whistleblower claims.” [Read more…]

Black Football Players Accuse NFL of Racial Bias in Concussion Injury Payouts

New York Court Denies NFL’s Bid to Throw out CTE Injury Lawsuit

As reported by the NY Times, retired National Football League players Najeh Davenport and Kevin Henry have filed legal actions against the NFL for allegedly discriminating against black players who filed dementia-related claims dating back to 2013. Davenport and Henry asked the court to stop the NFL from evaluating players using race-based benchmarks, and to re-examine black players with “race neutral” testing. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Partner Mark Chalos Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation by Best Lawyers for US Southeast

Mark Chalos Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation by Best Lawyers for US Southeast

Only one lawyer gets “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for each specialty and location

Best Lawyers has published its new lawyer and law firm ratings for 2021, and we are proud to highlight Lieff Cabraser Mark P. Chalos’ selection as “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation for the U.S. Southeast. [Read more…]