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…]

Thirty Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers Listings

Thirty Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers Listings

The Best Lawyers in America has announced its 2021 recognition of outstanding attorney leaders in the U.S., a list that we are proud to announce includes a record twenty-six Lieff Cabraser lawyers. The publication’s 27th edition spotlights the top 6% of private practicing attorneys in the U.S., and is based on more than 8 million peer evaluations. This newest edition recognizes over 65,000 lawyers across 147 different practice areas. [Read more…]

Ex-Google Workers Want Sexist Emails and Memes Turned Over in Google Gender Discrimination Suit

google gender and pay discrimination

As reported by Law360, former Google workers represented by Lieff Cabraser who claim the company engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees have urged a California judge to order the tech giant to hand over sexist emails and internal memes created by two unnamed male former employees. [Read more…]

Benchmark Litigation Names Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2020

Benchmark Litigation Names Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2020

Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody to its Top 250 Women in Litigation 2020 listing. Benchmark Litigation, touted as “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” covers the United States, Canada and Mexico – is now in its thirteenth year of publication. The publication also named Elizabeth Cabraser as a Top 20 Trial Lawyer in California for 2020. [Read more…]

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

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

As part of their continuing series of conversations on the impact of the Coronavirus on the restaurant industry, OpenTable’s bi-monthly food news webinar series “In it Together” spoke with award-winning chef/owner of Portland’s Beast and Expatriate Naomi Pomeroy and national plaintiffs’ lawyer and Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson. Together, the two are helping lead the charge of #RESTAURANTJUSTICE, a series of lawsuits filed against insurers who are denying restaurants’ business interruption insurance claims relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. [Read more…]

Graco Booster Seat Fraud Claims Echo Lieff Cabraser’s Current Lawsuit Against Evenflo Company Over Similar Fraudulent Marketing of Dangerous Child Car Seats

graco child car seat injuries

Lieff Cabraser is currently investigating potential claims against Graco child booster seat manufacturer over allegations of fraud and dangerously deceptive marketing leading to child injuries

Earlier this year, Lieff Cabraser filed a lawsuit on behalf of parents who purchased Evenflo’s Big Kid Booster car seats alleging the company knew the seats were unsafe for smaller children yet aggressively marketed them across multiple child ages and sizes regardless. The complaint reports that Evenflo has known since 2012 or earlier that its Big Kid Booster Seat is not safe for children weighing less than forty pounds, and does not appreciably reduce the risk of serious injury or death from side-impacts or collisions. NBC-TV Nashville featured a report on the new lawsuit, including an interview with Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos, lead attorney on the case. [Read more…]

25 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

25 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its annual report on Northern California attorneys, highlighting those who “demonstrate the highest degree of professional achievement and peer recognition.” Twenty-five Lieff Cabraser attorneys have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars this year. In addition, Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been named a “Top 10 Northern California Super Lawyer” for 2020, Kelly M. Dermody and Eric B. Fastiff were selected as “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in the region“ and both Elizabeth and Kelly were selected as “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” in the region. [Read more…]

U.S. Lawmakers Urge FDA to Clear E-cigarettes From Market For Duration of Coronavirus Crisis

Juul E-Cigarette Injuries

As reported by CNN, lawmakers have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to temporarily clear the market of all e-cigarettes for the length of the coronavirus crisis. In a letter, lawmakers highlighted emerging research suggesting that vape use may be tied to an increased risk of acquiring Covid-19 as well as heightened or intensified symptoms. [Read more…]

Proposed Settlement Reached in Disney and Viacom Child Privacy Violation Lawsuits

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), on Wednesday, August 6, 2020, Disney, Viacom, Kiloo and other gaming companies reached a proposed settlement agreement with parents who accused them of violating child privacy protection laws by collecting and selling personal identifying information of children who used their child-focused mobile apps. The lawsuits allege the media giants collected kid’s personal data without parental consent and improperly used it to profit via focus and transmit targeted advertising. [Read more…]

FE INVESTORS: September 28, 2020 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

Securities Class Litigation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (August 6, 2020) – The law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased the common stock of FirstEnergy Corp. (“FirstEnergy” or the “Company”) (NYSE: FE) between February 21, 2017 and July 21, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against Commonwealth Edison for Bribery and Vastly Inflated Electricity Rates

Class Action Lawsuit Against Commonwealth Edison for Bribery and Vastly Inflated Electricity Rates

Suit alleges corrupt scheme under which Commonwealth Edison funneled payments to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives over many years to ensure passage of bills permitting ComEd to charge dramatically higher electric rates in Illinois dating back to 2011

The law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Bellows Law Group, and Mason Lietz & Klinger have filed a federal bribery and corruption class action lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of Commonwealth Edison’s customers and ratepayers alleging that over many years, ComEd paid bribes to Michael J. Madigan, the powerful Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, so that Madigan would ensure passage through the Illinois legislature of bills permitting ComEd to charge higher electric rates. The multi-year illegal scheme benefitted ComEd, defendant Exelon Corporation, and Madigan; the losers were public trust in government, the people of Illinois, and ComEd’s customers. [Read more…]