Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Daily Journal Honors Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as Top Women Lawyers for 2017

Daily Journal Honors Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as Top Women Lawyers for 2017

The Daily Journal (subscription) has published its annual listing of Top Women Lawyers in California, which includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody. The awards recognize leading female attorneys who are actively involved in cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions with the most influential impact across the legal field. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser on the VW Diesel Settlements: A Road to Justice for Consumers & the Environment

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

As a result of Volkswagen’s conduct in installing “cheat devices” in its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines to evade emissions standards, consumers “became unwitting accomplices in one of the biggest auto-related scandals in U.S. history, driving vehicles that were emitting as much as 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides into the earth’s atmosphere.” In an op-ed piece published today by The Recorder, Elizabeth Cabraser anatomizes the VW case and its attendant historic settlements, unprecedented for their scope and complexity, combining consumer compensation, environmental relief, fines and penalties, coordinated by the Department of Justice, EPA, California Air Resources Board and California Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and class plaintiffs. [Read more…]

Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

A recent R.J. Reynolds financial filing indicates the tobacco giant faces more than 2,700 tobacco injury lawsuits that still await trial in Florida state courts. Because Florida provides special reduced appellate bond requirements for tobacco companies, there are more pending tobacco injury lawsuits in the Sunshine State than all other states combined. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named to Leadership Position in Generic Drugs Pricing Antitrust Litigation

Lieff Cabraser Named to Leadership Position in Generic Drugs Pricing Antitrust Litigation

Beginning in February 2015, Lieff Cabraser conducted an extensive investigation into dramatic price increases of certain generic drugs. Lieff Cabraser worked alongside economists and industry experts and interviewed industry participants to evaluate possible misconduct. In December of 2016, Lieff Cabraser, with co-counsel, filed the first case alleging price-fixing of levothyroxine, the primary treatment for hypothyroidism, among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Staff Pitches in at SF Food Bank to Kick Off 2017 Food From the Bar Drive

Lieff Cabraser Staff Pitches in at SF Food Bank to Kick Off 2017 Food From the Bar Drive

On Friday May 19th, five Lieff Cabraser paralegals donated their time and efforts to voluteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank as part of Lieff Cabraser’s 2017 commitment to Food From The Bar. Corrie Anderson, Ali Brilliant, Diamond Lewis, Rami Bata, and Eileen Beltran (in photo, above) all worked to sort and package food for soup kitchens and neighborhood pantries served by the Food Bank, and had a great time doing it. [Read more…]

Lawsuits Move Forward Against Helmet Maker Riddell Over Football Concussion Injuries

Lawsuits Move Forward Against Helmet Maker Riddell Over Football Concussion Injuries

A Pennsylvania federal court judge has issued an order allowing claims to proceed against football helmet maker Riddell Inc., in the National Football League (NFL) concussion injuries litigation. A total of 95 personal injury claims against Riddell have been included in the multidistrict action against the NFL over athlete concussions. [Read more…]

Automakers Reach Combined $554 Million Settlement on Dangerous Takata Airbags

Automakers Reach Combined $554 Million Settlement on Dangerous Takata Airbags

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and BMW have agreed to pay a combined $553.6 million in a settlement of pending multidistrict litigation over the dangerous Takata airbag defects, which have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. Under the settlement’s terms, BMW of North America LLC will pay $131 million, Subaru of America Inc. will pay $68.2 million, Mazda North American Operations will pay $75.8 million, and Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $278.5 million. [Read more…]

Nashville Business Journal Names Mark Chalos a “Best of the Bar” Attorney for 2017

Nashville Business Journal Names Mark Chalos a "Best of the Bar" Attorney for 2017

The Nashville Business Journal has named Mark Chalos to its 2017 “Best of the Bar” award list in the category of litigation and dispute. Highlighting Nashville’s “most-talented and most-respected legal professionals,” the list includes a select group of Nashville attorneys who are each noteworthy in their respective fields. The award-winning attorneys are nominated and ranked by their peers, and will be honored on June 27th at a gala luncheon event and profiled in a special Nashville Business Journal publication. [Read more…]

Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

The use of noncompete clauses in employment contracts has grown enormously. Designed to prevent employees from leaving for a competitor, noncompete agreements also work to bind employees to one company, ultimately making it more difficult for them to get ahead. As noted by the New York Times, this reflects “a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work,” and the paper further notes that employment lawyers see noncompete agreement usage “exploding.” [Read more…]

AT&T Facing Thousands of Consumer Complaints About Bait-and-Switch Overcharging

AT&T Facing Thousands of Consumer Complaints About Bait-and-Switch Overcharging for Services

A CBS News investigation has revealed over 4,200 customer complaints that have been filed with the federal government against AT&T and DirecTV relating to false deals, rescinded promotions, and overcharging in the past two years alone. An excellent video report by correspondent Anna Werner lays out the story and describes how the company reportedly overcharges consumers, in part by first offering drastic discounts that disappear once monthly bills start showing up. [Read more…]