Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

FAF INVESTORS: December 24, 2020 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 First American Financial Corporation (“First American” or the ”Company“) (NASDAQ: FAF) between February 17, 2017 and October 22, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Enoxaparin Case Team Receives Antitrust Institute’s 2020 Private Enforcement Award

Lieff Cabraser Enoxaparin Case Team Recognized as Honorees for AAI 2020 Antitrust Enforcement Awards

Historic antitrust case against Momenta Pharmaceuticals over illegal drug price-fixing led to second largest indirect purchaser antitrust pharmaceutical settlement in history

At a virtual awards ceremony held on November 12, The American Antitrust Institute formally presented its selection of leading legal practitioners and economists to be recognized as honorees for the 2020 Antitrust Enforcement Awards, a list that includes the Lieff Cabraser team that worked on the Enoxaparin case: Brendan P. Glackin, Katherine Lubin BensonAdam GitlinDean M. HarveyBruce LepplaDavid RudolphMichelle Lamy,  Mark P. ChalosAndrew Kaufman, and Kenny Byrd. Lieff Cabraser partner Eric Fastiff was a Program Co-Chair for the event. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to Speak at 2020 Equal Rights Advocates Virtual Gala

Equal Rights Advocates 2020 Virtual Gala

Equal Rights Advocates is hosting its annual gala this Friday, November 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm. The virtual gathering will celebrate the women and gender-expansive workers, students, activists, and leaders who are making 2020 such a significant year in our nation’s journey toward true racial equity and gender justice. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Paulina do Amaral Serve as Faculty in Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

Elizabeth Cabraser and Paulina do Amaral Serve as Faculty in Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

On Monday, November 9, 2020, Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser and Paulina do Amaral served as featured faculty in Duke Law School’s Mass-Tort MDL Certificate Program. Other faculty included Duke Law professors, experienced MDL judges, and lawyers who have either served as preeminent mass-tort lead counsel or chaired specific-task MDL committees. The program is designed for both plaintiff and defense lawyers looking to transition into the tort and consumer mass-tort field who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments, and for those more experienced attorneys focused on refining their skills in the field. [Read more…]

Paulina do Amaral to Speak at “Law Seminars International’s 16th Annual Conference on Litigating Class Actions”

Lieff Cabraser partner Paulina do Amaral will speak at Law Seminar’s 16th Annual “Litigating Class Actions” conference, which will be broadcast on November 12-13, 2020. Paulina will discuss how class actions played a role in the path to recovery of damages resulting from the opioid crisis, as well as reviewing a case study on the RICO claims filed on behalf of Alaska and Washington native communities. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey, Kelly Dermody, and Tiseme Zegeye to Speak at American Bar Association’s 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Kelly Dermody, Dean Harvey, and Tiseme Zegeye to Speak at American Bar Association’s 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference  

Lieff Cabraser partners Dean Harvey, Kelly Dermody, and Tiseme Zegeye will be speaking at the American Bar Association’s 14th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, which will be virtually broadcast from November 11-13, 2020. Dean will be discussing how labor law intersects with antitrust law in the first concurrent program of the conference. Kelly will participate in a discussion on “Effective EEO, Anti-Bias and Anti-Bullying Employee Training Programs,” where she will address innovative and effective strategies to combat discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace, and Tiseme will participate in a discussion on “Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Workplace,” where she will explore the many uses of these technologies, including their effectiveness in hiring, training and assessing performance. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Katherine Benson to Speak at NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation Conference & Class Action Symposium

Elizabeth Cabraser and Katherine Benson to Speak at NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation Conference & Class Action Symposium

Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser and Katherine Lubin Benson will be speaking at the 2020 National Consumer Law Center’s (NCLC) Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Class Action Symposium taking place virtually November 9-20, 2020. [Read more…]

U.S. News & Best Lawyers Honors Lieff Cabraser in 2021 Edition of ‘Best Law Firms’

U.S. News & Best Lawyers Honors Lieff Cabraser in 2021 Edition of ‘Best Law Firms’

U.S. News & Best Lawyers has announced its “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2021. 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.” [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam Named 2020 Top Women California Lawyers by Daily Journal

Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam Named 2020 Top Women California Lawyers by Daily Journal

The Daily Journal has published its annual listing of Top Women Lawyers in California, which includes a 13th-time selection for Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser and first-time kudos for Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam. The Top Women Lawyers award recognizes exemplary female attorney trailblazers and changemakers doing cutting-edge legal work in their field. [Read more…]

National Law Journal Names Richard M. Heimann and Annika K. Martin 2020 “Litigation Trailblazers”

National Law Journal Names Richard M. Heimann and Annika K. Martin 2020 “Litigation Trailblazers”

The National Law Journal (subscription) has named its 2020 Litigation Trailblazers, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Richard M. Heimann and Annika K. Martin. The award recognizes 35 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes, and who are truly agents of change.” [Read more…]

American Lawyer Names Jonathan Selbin and Lieff Cabraser 2020 Industry Awards Finalists

American Lawyer Names Jonathan Selbin and Lieff Cabraser 2020 Industry Awards Finalists

The American Lawyer has released its list of Industry Awards Finalists for 2020, which includes Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin, who is one of eight finalists for Litigator of the Year. In addition, Lieff Cabraser has been selected as one of six finalists for Boutique/Specialty Firm of the Year. The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony taking place on January 14th, 2021. [Read more…]

SoCal Edison Utility Equipment Found to be Source of Deadly Woolsey Fire

California Wildfire

As reported by CNN, a newly released investigative report has determined that the 2018 Woolsey Fire was sparked by equipment owned and controlled by SoCal Edison. One of the largest and most destructive fires in Los Angeles history, the Woolsey fire burned more than 96,000 acres, destroyed 1,634 structures and caused three deaths. [Read more…]

Melissa Gardner to Discuss California Consumer Privacy Act and its Impact on Existing Laws at BASF Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Conference

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Lieff Cabraser partner Melissa Gardner will speak at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s 2020 Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Virtual Conference on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Melissa will be featured on the panel “How the CCPA Relates to Other Existing Laws,” where she and Latham & Watkins partner Michael Rubin will explore how the CCPA interacts with other laws, such as trade secret protections, HIPAA and other special purpose data. The panel will also feature perspectives on the CCPA in consumer privacy litigation, where the contours of its private right of action; its potential to support common law and derivative claims; and its safe harbor protections are being tested. [Read more…]

Federal Court in Texas Requires All Voters and Poll Workers to Wear Masks at the Polls

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Texas Governor’s Exemption for Polling Places From the Statewide Mask Mandate is Declared ‘Invalid and Void’ – Voting Rights Advocates Celebrate ‘Major Victory for Democracy’

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – A federal court in San Antonio, Texas issued a ruling last night requiring that all voters, poll workers, and poll watchers wear masks at the polls throughout the state leading into the November election.  The ruling, issued in a voting rights lawsuit brought by Mi Familia Vota, the Texas NAACP, and an individual Texas voter, takes effect immediately at all Texas polling sites. [Read more…]

Voting Rights Groups Defeat Texas Governor’s Discriminatory Voter Safety Protocol Exceptions

Voting Rights

Federal court finds Governor’s mask exceptions at polling stations violated Voting Rights Act by imposing a discriminatory burden on non-white voters

San Antonio, TX–(BUSINESSWIRE)–On October 27, 2020, U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliam issued an Order finding that Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29 exempting poll workers from health and safety mask protocols in the state during the current election to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act and immediately voiding the discriminatorially deterrent mask-mandate exceptions of GA-29. The Judge’s Order was issued in response to a lawsuit originally filed on July 15, 2020 by Mi Familia Vota, the Texas State Conference NAACP, and individual Texas voters challenging certain of Texas’ in-person election practices as unsafe, high-risk, and unequal during the COVID-19 pandemic.  [Read more…]

Judge Rules Juul and Altria Can’t Escape Majority of Plaintiffs’ Claims in Nationwide Juul E-Cigarette Fraud and Injury Litigation

Juul E-Cigarette Injuries

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on October 23rd, 2020, U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California issued a ruling that plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Juul and Altria had adequately pled their cases, finding their public nuisance and negligence claims against the e-cigarette makers and marketers to be legitimate. Complaints against Juul and Altria allege they deliberately and deceptively marketed their devices to addict underage teens to nicotine, in the process unleashing a nationwide youth vaping epidemic. [Read more…]

Silverado Fire: New California Wildfire Breaks Out in Orange County

California Wildfires

500 firefighters are already battling the growing flames as 20,000 homes are evacuated

Early on Monday October 26, 2020, a wildfire broke out in Orange County, California in the area of Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road. The City of Irvine immediately issued an evacuation order that has now grown to 100,000 residents as the fire rapidly spread. Dubbed the Silverado Fire, the fast growing wildfire critically injured two firefighters as it spread to 4,000 acres with no containment. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Win 2020 “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” Award at Annual FVAP Charity Event

Lieff Cabraser's R23s!

We are delighted to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s in-house rockers, The R-23s, once again took the prestigious “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” Award at last night’s virtual Banding Together to End Domestic Violence benefit for the Family Violence Appellate Project. This marks the fifth year in a row the R-23s have rocked the FVAP house to the utmost critical acclaim! Along with receiving the Judge’s Choice award for musical excellence, the band also took the third place slot for funds raised to help California survivors of domestic violence! [Read more…]