Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Camp Wildfire Devastates Over 100,000 Acres, 40,000 Evacuated, PG&E Reports Equipment Flaws in Area

Firefighters fighting burning blaze

Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends in northern California, especially those who have lost their lives, homes, and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires.

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.

Various news reports indicate that the fire, being called the Camp Fire, broke out early Thursday and has already grown to burn over 80,000 acres in Northern California near Chico, essentially wiping out the town of Paradise and causing at least 40,000 residents to evacuate.

As the fire continues to rage, with only 5% containment, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. today informed Cal Fire regulators that a high-voltage line close to the starting point of the now-huge Camp Fire had experienced a problem and outage just before the first flames appeared. PG&E made a small filing to the California Public Utilities Commission indicating that it had recorded an outage on the line about 20 minutes before the Camp Fire started, approximately 6:15 a.m. Thursday, November 8th. [Read more…]

New Wildfires Break Out in Ventura County – Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire

California Wildfires

New large scale wildfires have broken out in Ventura County, California, affecting areas in Oak Park, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Bell Canyon, and other areas, fires that are spreading with near unprecedented speed. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and other outlets, the affected acreage has grown double in size in just a few hours from 14,000 acres to 35,000. A significant number of homes and other structures are already reported lost, and there are concerns that more residents will be affected as the fires show signs of moving further west toward the heavily populated San Fernando valley. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Honored as 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

MPC & JTS Mid-South Super Lawyers 2018

We are proud to announce that Super Lawyers has made its 2018 selections for the Mid-South region for attorneys “who exhibit excellence in practice.” Mark Chalos has been selected as a Super Lawyer and John Spragens has been named a Rising Star. Between three Rising Star accolades and eight Super Lawyer nods, this is Mark’s 11th time on the lists, while the 2018 listing is John’s third Rising Star selection.  [Read more…]

MCHP INVESTORS REMINDER:  Lieff Cabraser Alerts Investors to Approaching Deadline in Class Action Against Microchip Technology Inc.

mchp reminder

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP reminds investors of the rapidly approaching deadline to move for appointment as lead plaintiff in the class action litigation that has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of Microchip Technology Inc. (“Microchip” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MCHP) between March 2, 2018 and August 9, 2018, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Workers and Businesses in the Oil Industry Affected by the 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill Could Be Part of a Class Action Lawsuit

oil spill

The following is being released by the law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Keller Rohrback LLP, Cappello & Noël LLP, and Audet & Partners LLP about the lawsuit Andrews v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., No. 2:15-cv-04113.

A class action lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (“Plains Pipeline”) has been certified as a class action for another group and may be proceeding to trial.  This lawsuit claims that due to the May 19, 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill, workers and businesses that support the Santa Barbara oil industry suffered financial losses with the subsequent pipeline shutdown.  [Read more…]

USC Tyndall Sexual Misconduct Settlement a “Step Forward” for Victims of Abuse at USC

USC Tyndall Sexual Misconduct Settlement a “Step Forward” for Victims of Abuse at USC

New op-ed piece by Cherylyn Lebon includes comments from Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin who represents women in the class lawsuit against USC

The Los Angeles Daily News has published an opinion piece praising the terms of the recently-announced federal class action settlement of the lawsuit filed against George Tyndall and the University of Southern California (USC) on behalf of hundreds of women alleging sexual misconduct by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. [Read more…]

Court Grants Final Approval to $42.5 Million Settlement of British Airways Frequent Flyer Ticket Surcharges Class Action

Air Travel Complaints

In 2012, Lieff Cabraser filed a class action lawsuit against British Airways over what its frequent flyers alleged was the imposition of extortionate “fuel surcharges” on individuals who wanted to redeem their British Airways frequent flyer miles for air tickets. After months of concerted investigation, Lieff Cabraser’s team tenaciously pursued a six-year course of litigation against an opponent that took the most aggressive positions on every possible issue.

Our firm won every dispute in the case — two motions to dismiss, class certification, Rule 23(f) appeal, summary judgment, Daubert motions, motions in limine, and numerous contested discovery issues.   [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Honored in 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & Best Lawyers

best law firms 2019

U.S. News & Best Lawyers has announced its “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2019,” listings that include multiple Tier 1 honors for Lieff Cabraser. The listings are based on “a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.” [Read more…]

Sonosky Chambers, Lieff Cabraser, and Zwerling Schachter File RICO Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Native Tribal Health Care Providers Against Drug Manufacturers and Distributors for False and Deceptive Marketing of Dangerous Prescription Opioid Drugs

Opioids Lawsuit Filed

Federal RICO action that is largest tribal complaint in history seeks justice from opiate drug manufacturers and distributors for unprecedented community and medical costs and American Indian and Alaska Native opioid deaths in Alaska

On behalf of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chugachmiut, the Copper River Native Association, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Southcentral Foundation, today the law firms of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit in federal district court in Anchorage against Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Teva, Allergan, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Insys, Mallinckrodt, McKesson, Health Mart Systems, AmerisourceBergen, Walgreen Co., the Kroger Co., Albertson’s, CVS and related entities responsible for the explosive opioid epidemic across the United States and in the impacted Alaska Native communities. [Read more…]

MCHP INVESTORS NOTICE: Lieff Cabraser Reminds Investors of Deadline in Class Action Against Microchip Technology Inc.

microchip securities reminder

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP reminds investors of the upcoming deadline to move for appointment as lead plaintiff the class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of Microchip Technology Inc. (“Microchip” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MCHP) between March 2, 2018 and August 9, 2018, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]