“Big Tech’s Reckoning With Antitrust Has Arrived” — Katherine Lubin Benson Moderates Upcoming BASF Panel

“Big Tech’s Reckoning With Antitrust Has Arrived” -- Katherine Lubin Benson Moderates Upcoming BASF Panel

Lieff Cabraser partner Katherine Lubin Benson will be moderating a Bar Association of San Francisco Antitrust & Business Regulation Section panel on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. online via Zoom. The panel, entitled “Big Tech’s Reckoning With Antitrust Has Arrived,” will feature a discussion of the recent government and private actions against Big Tech with government regulators, members of the bar, and legal scholars. [Read more…]

Six Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

Six Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2021 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, Kelly M. DermodyEric B. FastiffSteven E. FinemanWendy R. FleishmanAnnika K. Martin, and Robert J. Nelson. Lawdragon also selected Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser to be inducted into its Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame, where she joins Richard Heimann who was inducted in 2020. The Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame includes lawyers who are among “the most acclaimed of their generation, having led America’s signature law firms to unprecedented heights, achieved civil rights advances and changed our world for the better.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Class Action Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Devereux Foundation and QualityHealth Staffing, LLC on Behalf of “Most Vulnerable” Children Across the U.S.

Devereux Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Plaintiffs’ complaint against the behavioral health giant Devereux alleges imminent threat of abuse in effort to secure injunctive relief as quickly as possible for thousands of the most-vulnerable U.S. children from 13 states presently living under Devereux control

Lieff Cabraser announces the filing of a federal class action sexual abuse lawsuit in Pennsylvania on behalf of six individuals and a putative class of thousands of other children across the U.S. against Devereux Foundation (a/k/a Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health) and QualityHealth Staffing, LLC. The complaint details multiple alleged violations of state and federal law, including assault; battery; failure to report child abuse; Title IX creation of a sexually hostile culture/heightened risk of sexual harassment; deliberate indifference to prior sexual harassment; negligence and failure to provide safe environment with adequate protection, supervision, and care; negligent hiring of unsuitable personnel; negligent retention of unsuitable personnel; negligent supervision; gross negligence; and negligent misrepresentation. [Read more…]

Kenneth Byrd Comments on Eleventh Circuit’s Upholding of Punitive and Compensatory Damages in Florida Tobacco Litigation

Kenneth Byrd Comments on Eleventh Circuit’s Upholding of Punitive and Compensatory Damages in Florida Tobacco Ligation

As reported by Law.com (subscription), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an award of $6.25 million in compensatory damages and $20.7 million in punitive damages against tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris in favor of a now-deceased former smoker, Judith Berger. The panel found that the punitive damages 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…]

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…]

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…]