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. CabraserKelly M. DermodyEric 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 Hall of Fame. [Read more…]

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

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 reversing the trial court’s ruling in favor of two defendants in Kim v. County of Monterey (Sixth District Court of Appeal, no. H045577; Monterey Superior Court, no. 16-cv-1236). Lieff Cabraser’s client suffered serious injuries when he collided with sandbags placed immediately adjacent to the pavement of the world-renowned Laguna Seca racetrack at an amateur motorcycle event. Reversing the trial court, the Court of Appeal concluded that where, as here, there are disputed questions of fact about whether the defendants (a) increased the inherent risk of an activity and (b) breached their duty by severely departing from an industry standard, those questions must be resolved by a jury, not a court on summary judgment. The opinion provides additional clarity on what the court described as the “not well developed” question of “where to draw the line between ordinary and gross negligence as a legal matter.” [Read more…]

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

Twitter Child Privacy

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. [Read more…]

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

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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 in the amounts of $15.7 million against Philip Morris and $9.6 million against RJ Reynolds. [Read more…]

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

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.

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 on record. The felonies include 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire resulting from a downed PG&E power line. The Camp Fire in Butte County destroyed as many as 19,000 structures and almost completely leveled the town of Paradise. [Read more…]

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

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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 and policy changes to ensure their companies don’t foster environments that enable misconduct. [Read more…]

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

google street view

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 privacy violations, will distribute its monies to eight nonprofit organizations with a history of addressing online consumer privacy issues. [Read more…]

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

oil spill

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 of the company’s onshore pipelines. [Read more…]

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

Abuse Victims

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 through the #MeToo movement that led to this guilty verdict. [Read more…]

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

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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 proceeds will be distributed to workers of both companies. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit Against Huntington Memorial Hospital and Dr. Patrick Sutton to Move Forward

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Judge Otis D. Wright’s March 16, 2020 Order dismissed a small subset of claims from plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint but ordered that the case move to trial on numerous other individual and class claims including sexual assault, negligence, and punitive damages

On March 16, 2020, the Honorable Otis D. Wright, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California issued a ruling that the class action sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf on behalf of multiple Jane Doe plaintiffs and what are estimated to be thousands of class members against Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital and Dr. Patrick Sutton should move forward. While dismissing some of the Doe plaintiffs’ sexual harassment and gender violence claims on procedural grounds, the Judge’s Order found sufficient grounds for the plaintiffs’ sexual assault, sexual battery, negligence, gross negligence, and punitive and exemplary damages claims, a subset of the sexual harassment and gender violence claims advanced by some of the Doe plaintiffs, and significantly, also upheld plaintiffs’ collective class action claims, and directed that the litigation should move forward to formal discovery and trial. [Read more…]

Fraud Class Action Filed Against Health Technology Company Greenway Health by Lieff Cabraser

Fraud Class Action Filed Against Health Technology Company Greenway Health by Lieff Cabraser

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of a Florida pediatrics group against health technology company Greenway Health for alleged fraud and other deceptive practices in connection with the sale of Greenway’s Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) systems, marketed to and used by healthcare providers. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Move to Consolidate Fraud & Injury Lawsuits in Nationwide Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

Juul dangers

As reported by Law360 (subscription), plaintiffs in Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury cases united to file two consolidated complaints on Wednesday, unifying allegations that the vaping powerhouse caused widespread lung injuries by aggressively and fraudulently marketing its devices to underage teens and younger children. [Read more…]

Chemical Companies Fail to Get Polyurethane Price-Fixing MDL Dismissed

Chemical Companies Can't Dismiss Polyurethane Price-Fixing MDL

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered that a group of chemical manufacturers face class action litigation accusing them of conspiring to manipulate the prices of two chemicals used to make polyurethane. The complaint alleges that BASF, Covestro LLC and Dow Chemical Co. used plant closures and limited supplies to illegally drive up the prices of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, and toluene diisocyanate, necessary components of widely-used polyurethane. Defendants’ attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed were denied. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” at 2020 Benchmark Litigation Awards Ceremony

Lieff Cabraser Named “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” at 2020 Benchmark Litigation Awards Ceremony

Firm also receives “Impact Litigation” awards for Fiat/Chrysler EcoDiesel fraud and Plains All American Oil Spill cases

Benchmark Litigation, the self-described “definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” held its ninth annual U.S. West Coast awards ceremony on Friday March 5th, at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, where it honored recipients with its 2020 litigation awards. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Student-Athletes Against NCAA and Former Track Coach John Rembao

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Today, 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. 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. The lawsuit seeks immediate adoption of clear and best practices around coach-student relationships, and compensation for those who were subjected to abuse as a result of the NCAA’s failures to employ such practices. [Read more…]

Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the University of Michigan by Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel

University of Michigan

Lawsuit alleges that for over three decades the University of Michigan allowed Dr. Robert E. Anderson to violate the trust of and sexually abuse young male student-patients

Lieff Cabraser, The Miller Law Firm, and Sauder Schelkopf, LLC announce that a class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against the University of Michigan and its Regents for allowing and enabling a University physician, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, to sexually abuse students while employed by the University from 1968 until 2003. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of former student-patients who allege Anderson used his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Establish Fund to Benefit Tornado Victims Across Tennessee


Nashville, Tenn. – National plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) announce the creation of the “Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief Fund” through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide assistance to victims of the March 3, 2020 tornadoes across Tennessee. The fund allows attorneys and others in Tennessee and nationwide to contribute donations to relief efforts in Tennessee following the recent devastating tornadoes. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

At a March 3rd hearing, the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals upheld a class action settlement resolving claims over Facebook’s allegedly inappropriate collection of data from users’ private messages and then profits by improperly sharing that information with third parties in violation of U.S. privacy laws. The court rejected an argument made by a single class member objector who claimed the deal was of negligible value to Facebook users. [Read more…]