11th Circuit Upholds $20M Verdict Against Phillip Morris for Injured Smoker in Florida Tobacco Litigation

11th Circuit Upholds $20M Verdict Against Phillip Morris for Injured Smoker in Florida Tobacco Litigation

As reported by Law360 (subscription), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $20.7 million verdict against the tobacco giant Philip Morris in favor of a now-deceased former smoker, Judith Berger. The panel found that the $20.7 million award was within constitutional limits and not excessive, given various facts presented in the case, including that Phillip Morris perpetrated a 50-year conspiracy to conceal the hazards of smoking and the addictive nature of cigarettes while seeking to addict as many Americans, particularly young Americans, as possible. [Read more…]

SOLARWINDS INVESTORS: March 5, 2021 Filing Deadline in Shareholder Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (January 15, 2021) – The law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of SolarWinds Corporation (“SolarWinds” or “the “Company”) (NYSE:  SWI)  between February 24, 2020 and December 15, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Sarah London to Speak at ABA Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committee’s Joint Virtual Regional CLE Program

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London will be featured on a panel at the American Bar Association’s Joint Virtual Regional CLE Program on Thursday January 28, 2021. Sarah’s panel, “Mass Tort and Products Update – Big Cases and Big Developments,” will be discussing some of the biggest and more recent mass torts and MDL cases, including coverage of settlement issues, expert and discovery battles, and appellate rulings. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin to Speak on Prevention Policies at Berkeley Law 2021 Sexual Harassment in Education Virtual Conference

Annika K. Martin to Speak on Prevention Policies at Berkeley Law 2021 Sexual Harassment in Education Virtual Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be featured as a distinguished speaker at Berkeley Law’s 2021 Sexual Harassment in Education Virtual Conference taking place on January 29 – January 30, 2021. On day one of the conference (1/29), Annika will speak in a plenary session entitled “Prevention Education Programs: Is Behavior Actually Changing,” where she will discuss the importance of implementing policies on college campuses that prevent sexual harassment and abuse from occurring. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Represents TransAtlantis in Antitrust Litigation in Germany and the Netherlands against the European Truck Cartel

Lieff Cabraser Represents TransAtlantis in Antitrust Litigation in Germany and the Netherlands against the European Truck Cartel

First lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser in Germany on behalf of TransAtlantis seen likely to give momentum to cartel damages litigation against the truck cartel

January 12, 2021 — Lieff Cabraser’s Munich office is leading aggregate litigation against the infamous European truck cartel of truck manufacturers Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, Volvo/Renault, and Scania. In its 2016 and 2017 decisions, the European Commission fined the truck manufacturers 3.8 billion Euros, the highest fines in the history of the European Commission’s cartel prosecution (case AT.39824). [Read more…]

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Uber’s “Frictionless” Imposition of Contract Terms Abridges Consumer Rights

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Uber’s “Frictionless” Imposition of Contract Terms Abridges Consumer Rights

The opinion is expected to have far-ranging effects in what was a previously insufficiently-explored area of contract formation and consumer rights in the new high-tech era

On January 4, 2021, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an opinion in the high-profile Massachusetts Uber consumer contracts case about how contracts get formed online and what constitutes adequate communication/imposition of strict contract terms. The court ruled that the same two-part test governs agreements consummated over computer or mobile device as for any other type of contract: reasonable notice of contract terms and clear manifestation of assent to those terms. Extending that into the instant consumer case against Uber, the Court held that Uber’s frictionless “one-button” imposition of terms that multiply abridge consumer’s rights is improper. [Read more…]