Federal court names Ms. London as co-lead counsel in the national Uber sex assault cases; London also appointed as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the case

On December 5, 2023, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California issued an order in the aggregated multidistrict Uber Technologies, Inc. Passenger Sexual Assault Litigation establishing the plaintiffs’ leadership in the case. Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London was named as one of three Co-Lead counsel for plaintiffs in the litigation, and was also appointed as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel to coordinate and oversee the Plaintiff Steering Committee’s responsibilities and present to the Court and opposing parties the position of the plaintiffs on all matters arising during pretrial proceedings.

The Uber MDL involves allegations about whether Uber Technologies, Inc. and related entities failed to implement appropriate safety precautions to protect passengers. Plaintiffs are former Uber passengers who were sexually assaulted or harassed by their Uber drivers. Plaintiffs bring various claims against Uber, including vicarious liability, negligence, misrepresentation, failure to warn, and product liability claims.

The case will move forward through coordinated discovery and other pretrial proceedings.

About Sarah R. London

A leader in the plaintiffs’ bar, Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London is a determined, skilled, and experienced advocate for the injured. Sarah has risen to national prominence as a result of appointments to and success in leadership roles in multiple pivotal lawsuits, including in recently-filed sexual abuse litigation against Uber as well as in her role as Co-Lead & Liaison Counsel for plaintiffs in the Juul injury/predatory marketing MDL, where her work led to four historic settlements announced in late 2022 with defendant Juul as well as a comprehensive and historic $235 million settlement that was reached between additional defendant Altria and plaintiffs in the midst of a bellwether trial on behalf of the San Francisco Unified School District.

In 2020, Sarah was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation, and in 2019, Sarah was named Subclass Settlement Counsel in In re Flint Water Cases. Sarah also served in lead roles in multiple women’s health cases, including as Liaison Counsel in the state court coordinated proceedings involving the destruction of hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center.

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