Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Investigation Into the Northern California Wine Country Fire Origins

Investigation Into the Northern California Wine Country Fire Origins

2017 Wine Country Wildfires

A series of fires in Northern California wine country, most still burning over a week later, have killed 41 people and seriously injured over 100. They have destroyed approximately 220,000 acres and close to 6,000 buildings, including thousands of homes as well as wineries, farms, hotels and restaurants, and retail businesses. Nearly 100,000 people were displaced across Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties, with many still unable to return home or without homes to return to. These fires are the most destructive in California history, and property and business losses are expected to be in the billions.
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CFPB Under Big Bank Attack for Upholding Consumers’ Rights

CFPB Under Big Bank Attack for Upholding Consumers' Rights

The Huffington Post has published an important op-ed piece by Paul Bland, Executive Director of Public Justice, about the banking industry’s increasingly dishonest and desperate attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new forced arbitration ban that is intended to allow consumers to be able to work together via class action lawsuits to defend their rights in the face of fraud and predatory practices by banks. The banks want the rule destroyed so that they can be left unaccountable for the kinds of fraud and predatory actions that have made recurrent and shocking headlines over the last several years.

As Bland puts it,

“If you’ve been following the debate in Washington over forced arbitration, you know that there’s been one all-consuming issue: whether Congress will overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) rule prohibiting class-action bans in arbitration agreements for consumer financial products before the deadline (which is probably November 13) to do so via the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a law that allows Congress to intervene and kill an agency’s rule within a set number of days.

“The CFPB rule was the result of years of data-based study, ultimately concluding that consumers are better off if they can band together in court to hold big banks – like Wells Fargo, for example — liable when those banks break the law. Individual consumers rarely find it worthwhile to pursue small claims in arbitration on their own, and even if they did, because arbitration is secret, it would not stop big banks from continuing their lawless practices.”

The full article is available on the Huffington Post website.

About Public Justice

Public Justice pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses. The Public Justice Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable membership organization that supports Public Justice’s cutting-edge litigation and educates the public about the critical issues it addresses. Membership includes leading trial lawyers, appellate lawyers, consumer advocates, environmental attorneys, employment lawyers, civil rights attorneys, class action specialists, law professors, law students, public interest advocates, and other people who care about justice. Learn more at publicjustice.net.

Mark Chalos at November AAJ Seminar on Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Mark Chalos at November AAJ Seminar on Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will be speaking at the upcoming American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation Seminar from November 28-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Chalos will be presenting on “Working Together to Combat the Opioid Crisis” on Wednesday, November 29th. [Read more…]

New Talc Injury Trials Focus on How Asbestos Can Contaminate Talc

Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Accused of Asbestos Contamination

The focus of some trials against Johnson and Johnson (J&J) over the link between the company’s talcum powder products and women’s terminal ovarian cancer has shifted to the connection between the talc itself and contamination from asbestos, a fiber that includes the mineral chrysotile and has been known for decades to lead to deadly diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancer. [Read more…]

Hawaii Judge Blocks Latest Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Blocks Latest Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the White House from implementing its latest version of a travel ban, which was set to go into full effect on October 18th. This newest iteration of the ban, issued on September 24th, aimed to indefinitely bar travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela from entering the United States. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Talks to the Washington HeraldNet About Customer Fury Over Fraudulent Short-Term Health Plans

Rachel Geman Talks to the Washington HeraldNet About Customer Fury Over Fraudulent Short-Term Health Plans

While short-term medical health plans have received recent White House support, numerous lawsuits have been filed nationwide by angry customers disputing exclusions over pre-existing conditions and the outright denial of claims under these reduced-duration insurance policies. [Read more…]

SCG INVESTORS ALERT: Lieff Cabraser Announces Securities Class Action Against SCANA Corporation

Securities Class Litigation Filed Against SCANA Corporation

Lieff Cabraser announces that class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of SCANA Corporation (“SCANA” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SCG) between January 19, 2016 and September 22, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin to Participate in Fordham/ACS Panel Discussion – Class Action Reform Efforts: Promoting Fairness or Shutting the Courthouse Doors?

Class Action Reform Efforts: Promoting Fairness or Shutting the Courthouse Doors?

Join the Fordham and New York Chapters of the American Constitution Society for “Class Action Reform Efforts: Promoting Fairness or Shutting the Courthouse Doors?”, an in-depth discussion of the role of class actions in the U.S. legal system with a focus on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 currently before Congress. Our distinguished panel consists of:

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Equifax Investors – Lieff Cabraser Notifies Investors of Upcoming Deadline in Equifax Securities Class Action

Equifax Investors - Lieff Cabraser Notifies Investors of Upcoming Deadline in Equifax Securities Class Action

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Lieff Cabraser law firm reminds investors of an upcoming deadline to move for appointment as lead plaintiff in securities class litigation brought on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of Equifax Inc. (“Equifax” or the “Company”) (NYSE: EFX) between February 25, 2016 and September 7, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]