Seven Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

Lawdragon legal magazine has published its annual listing of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,”  a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Kelly M. Dermody, Eric B. Fastiff, Steven E. Fineman, Wendy R. Fleishman, Annika K. Martin, and Robert J. Nelson. Lawdragon also selected Lieff Cabraser founding partner Richard Heimann to be inducted into its 2020 Lawdragon 500

2020-03-27T14:19:15+00:00March 27th, 2020|Awards, Firm News|

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Plaintiff’s Appellate Victory in Laguna Seca Raceway Gross Negligence Case

Court of Appeal’s reversal of trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of two defendants in Kim v. County of Monterey will serve as new benchmark for courts wrestling with the distinction between ordinary and gross negligence ­­­The California Supreme Court has denied a petition for review of the Court of Appeal’s published opinion

2020-03-26T14:17:31+00:00March 26th, 2020|Firm News, Personal Injury|

Federal Judge in New Mexico Denies Motion to Dismiss Twitter Child Privacy Violations Lawsuits

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez has issued an order denying an attempt by Twitter and children’s app developer Tiny Lab, along with multiple advertising company partners, to dismiss claims that the companies secretly collected kid’s location data and personal information in violation of child privacy laws.

2020-03-25T12:28:35+00:00March 25th, 2020|Digital Privacy & Data Security|

11th Circuit Upholds $41 Million Individual Verdict Against RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris in Florida Tobacco Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has upheld a trial verdict of $41.1 million won by Lieff Cabraser against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for their decades-long conspiracy to conceal the hazards of smoking and the lethally addictive nature of cigarettes. The jury award consists of $15.8 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages

2020-03-24T16:03:43+00:00March 24th, 2020|Tobacco Litigation|

PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Over Deaths in 2018 Camp Fire

Second set of criminal convictions in just five years places PG&E among the most criminally-convicted companies in US history As reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Gas and Electricity Co. (PG&E) has agreed to plead guilty to 85 felony counts for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire

2020-03-23T12:46:31+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Fires & Burn Injuries, Personal Injury|

Annika K. Martin Talks to Agenda About the Impact of #MeToo on Corporate Culture

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin spoke recently with web based business resource platform Agenda about the rise of the #MeToo movement in corporate culture and how #MeToo has driven corporations to change how they handle misconduct. Rather than buying off accusers, as was once common, those in charge are instead imposing strong ethical standards

2020-03-20T12:18:53+00:00March 20th, 2020|Employment Law, Sexual Abuse|

Google Street View Privacy Violations Lawsuit $13m Settlement Receives Final Approval

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer has granted final approval to a $13 million settlement over Google’s illegal gathering of network data via its Street View vehicle fleet. Given the difficulties of assessing precise individual harms, the innovative settlement, which is intended in part to disincentivize companies like Google from future

2020-03-20T10:29:05+00:00March 20th, 2020|Digital Privacy & Data Security|

Judge Allows Property Owner Claims to Proceed in Santa Barbara Plains Oil Spill Lawsuit

As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the Central District of California has issued an order denying an attempt by Plains All American Pipeline to escape liability for the harm its 2015 Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara brought to affected property owners after the rupture of one

2021-05-13T00:02:30+00:00March 20th, 2020|Environmental Law|

What Victims Value: Individual and Institutional Offenders “Getting It” and Changing Their Behavior

By Lieff Cabraser Attorney Avery Halfon Harvey Weinstein’s criminal conviction for felony sex crimes may be a watershed moment in our cultural recognition and legal handling of sexual misconduct. The more than 90 women who spoke out about Weinstein’s abuse deserve an enormous amount of credit for their bravery, which awakened a societal sea change

2020-03-19T17:49:09+00:00March 19th, 2020|Sexual Abuse|

Judge Close To Granting Preliminary Approval of $48.95M Settlement in Knorr, Wabtec No-Poach Antitrust Case

As reported by Law360 (Subscription), U.S District Judge Joy Flowers Conti has indicated she is close to granting preliminary approval to a $48.95 million settlement of the antitrust lawsuit in which employee plaintiffs alleged Knorr-Bermse AG and Wabtec Corp. improperly agreed not to hire each other’s employees resulting in suppressed and lost wages. The settlement

2020-03-19T11:24:37+00:00March 19th, 2020|Antitrust, Employment Law|