KPMG Agrees to $10M Deal To End 10-Year Gender Discrimination Suit

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Gets Class Action Status After 13 Year Battle

Plaintiffs alleged widespread gender disparities in pay, promotion within sexist culture at accounting giant

As reported by Law360 (subscription), “big four” accounting firm KPMG has agreed to pay over $10 million to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of hundreds of female Advisory and Tax professionals at KPMG accusing the company of pay and gender discrimination. [Read more…]

Most Juul MDL Dismissal Bids from Defendants Seen as Likely to be Rejected

Juul E-Cigarette Injuries

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on March 26, 2021, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick of the Northern District of California issued a tentative ruling indicating he will deny all the motions to dismiss, except for certain state claims with no class representatives, in multidistrict injury and fraudulent advertising litigation against e-cigarette manufacturer Juul. Complaints in the cases against Juul allege the company deliberately and deceptively marketed its devices to addict underage teens to nicotine, in the process unleashing a nationwide youth vaping epidemic. [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin Named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360

Brendan Glackin Named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360

Law360 has named Lieff Cabraser partner Brendan Glackin a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” for 2021. The publication selected 11 plaintiffs’ attorneys, “heavyweights in the fields of antitrust, securities and class action law…as well as champions of diverse legal theories holding corporations accountable and protecting the rights of consumers.” [Read more…]

Small Business Administration to Open Up Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant Applications Within Next Few Weeks

Justice for Restaurants

As leading advocates for client restaurants and bars seeking to recover unpaid insurance monies, Lieff Cabraser is gratified to announce that as part of the country’s new stimulus package, the SBA (Small Business Administration) is likely to open up Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant applications within the next few weeks. 

The Small Business Administration is expected to open up Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant applications within weeks of President Biden signing the new stimulus package into law. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan March 17th, 2021, and the President is expected to sign the bill by Friday 3/19. In a press conference, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Or.) announced that, “this is the start of the great American restaurant recovery.” [Read more…]

California Supreme Court Ends Cash Bail for Those Who Can’t Afford It

California Supreme Court Ends Cash Bail for Those Who Can’t Afford It

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, in a momentous decision the California Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to require defendants to remain behind bars because they cannot afford to post bail pending their trial. The new ruling would allow defendants to be set free, as long as they pose little risk of harming others or failing to return to court [Read more…]

LORDSTOWN SHAREHOLDERS: May 17, 2021 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (March 24, 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 securities of Lordstown Motors Corp. (“Lordstown” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: RIDE; RIDEW) between August 3, 2020 and March 17, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and The Equal Justice Society File Amicus Brief on Behalf of Civil Rights Groups and Scholars in Support of Hospital Worker’s Race Bias Suit

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Supporting the U.S. House of Representatives Efforts to Obtain Trump Financial Records

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on March 18, 2021, Lieff Cabraser and The Equal Justice Society filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a coalition of civil rights groups, law school professors and other scholars in support of a Black former hospital worker’s race bias suit. In the brief, the amici argue that even a single use of the N-word “annihilates the well-being” of its target and constitutes discrimination. [Read more…]

VELODYNE INVESTORS: May 3, 2021 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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Lieff Cabraser announces that class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (“Velodyne” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VLDR; VLDRW) between November 9, 2020 and February 19, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

If you purchased or otherwise acquired Velodyne securities during the Class Period, you may move the Court for appointment as lead plaintiff by no later than May 3, 2021.  A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. Your share of any recovery in the actions will not be affected by your decision of whether to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.  You may retain Lieff Cabraser, or other attorneys, as your counsel in the action. [Read more…]

Illinois Electricity Consumers Fight ComEd Attempt to Escape from Rate Bribery Class Action

ComEd Tries to Get Court to Toss Massive Rate Fraud Class Action

Plaintiff lawyers in ComEd class action lawsuit point to multiple millions thieved in Madigan bribery scheme

In the wake of Commonwealth Edison’s attempt to get the massive class action lawsuit over its bribery of a powerful Illinois lawmaker dismissed, plaintiffs have filed a brief in federal court asking a judge to deny the utility’s effort to have the case thrown out. [Read more…]

North Carolina’s Live Oak Bank and Two Tech Spin-offs Accused of Unlawful “No-Poach” Agreement in Class Action Suit

North Carolina’s Live Oak Bank and Two Tech Spin-offs Accused of Unlawful “No-Poach” Agreement in Class Action Suit

Lieff Cabraser has filed a class action labor antitrust “no-poach” lawsuit against Live Oak Bank and its two tech spin-offs, Apiture and nCino, on behalf of a former employee of two of the companies and at least seven hundred potential class members. As reported by the Triangle Business Journal, the lawsuit alleges that Live Oak’s tech spin-offs share an illegal no-hire agreement with the bank “to suppress competition for each other’s employees.” [Read more…]

Michelle Lamy Selected to Serve on Equal Rights Advocates’ Litigation Committee

ML Joins Equal Rights Advocates Liti

Lieff Cabraser attorney Michelle Lamy has been selected to join the Litigation Committee of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA). ERA is one of the country’s premier legal organizations, dedicated to protecting and expanding educational and economic access and opportunities for women and girls, tackling gender-based harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of discrimination in schools and in the workplace, with a focus on women of color and those from disadvantaged communities. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman to Moderate Wage and Hour Panel at National Employment Lawyers Association Spring Seminar

RG Moderates Panel at 2021 NELA Spring Seminar Blog

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will be moderating a panel entitled “Corporations Are Deponents, My Friend: Taking 30(b)(6) Depositions In Wage & Hour Cases” at the National Employment Lawyers Association Spring Seminar: New Issues, Creative Solutions: Emerging Issues In Wage & Hour Law taking place March 18-19, 2021. [Read more…]

USA9 Verification: Prisoners Will Qualify for New Stimulus “Debit Cards”

Justice

THE QUESTION as posed to WUSA9: Will prisoners get the $1,400 stimulus checks in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill? THE ANSWER: Yes, inmates qualify for checks, just as they did with the previous two rounds of stimulus checks passed during the Trump administration. But that doesn’t mean they will actually get the money in their own hands. Details below. [Read more…]

Costco and Other Retailers Settle Kona Coffee Class Action Advertising Fraud Lawsuit

Kona Coffee Blog

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Costco, Marshalls and Gold Coffee Roasters have reached agreements with Hawaii’s Big Island coffee farmers to settle the class action lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel accusing them of falsely labeling ordinary coffee beans as premium “Kona” coffee. The settlement includes a $6 million payment from Gold Coffee Roasters to Kona coffee growers. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Talks to The Washington Post About GOP Pushback Against Sending CARES Act Stimulus Checks to Inmates

Kelly Dermody Talks to The Washington Post About GOP Pushback Against Sending CARES Act Stimulus Checks to Inmates

Over 1.4 million incarcerated Americans won economic relief late last year after CARES Act stimulus checks for inmates (which had been denied by the Trump administration despite congressional approval) were ruled as proper following a federal lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser and the Equal Justice Society. As The Washington Post reports, however, in the days before the approval of the latest coronavirus stimulus bill (which included another round of stimulus payments), many republican lawmakers pushed back on allowing the checks to be sent to prisoners. [Read more…]