Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Kelly Dermody in Law360 on Gender Bias Challenges Facing Uber and Other High Tech Companies

High Tech Gender Discrimination

Law360 (subscription) gives high-tech gender bias a new close look through the lens of Uber’s recent widely-reported fair treatment failure with regard to one high-profile female engineer. Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly Dermody, head of the firm’s Employment Discrimination practice group and managing partner of the San Francisco office, spoke with the publication about challenges facing companies, particularly tech companies, when Human Resources departments are given second-class status. [Read more…]

PBS New Mexico Discusses Sandia Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit

In a recent episode of PBS New Mexico’s In Focus, host Gene Grant and four panelists discuss the federal class action lawsuit recently filed in New Mexico against Sandia National Laboratories alleging the company participated in a pattern of systemic discrimination against women in pay, performance evaluations, and promotions. The panel addresses allegations against Sandia for having a “corporate culture infected with gender bias” and discusses what can be done to support women in the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Volunteer at North Nashville Legal Clinic

Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Volunteer at North Nashville Legal Clinic

This week, Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman volunteered to provide free legal advice during a general legal clinic held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville. Chalos and Kaufman advised attendees on topics including employment law and housing matters. The legal clinic was organized and supported by Lipscomb University’s Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice, & Society. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in LA Times on Emerging Sexual Harassment Claims Against Uber

Kelly Dermody in LA Times on Emerging Sexual Harassment Claims Against Uber

On February 19th, a former Uber employee alleged on her personal blog that she had been sexually harassed while working at the ride-sharing company. The former tech employee stated that when she reported the situation to HR and upper management, they didn’t do anything to handle the offense, noting that even though it was clearly sexual harassment, “it was this man’s first offense” and since he was a “high performer” in the company’s eyes they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was “probably just an innocent mistake on his part.” [Read more…]

Public Justice Director Paul Bland On Recent Immigration Executive Orders

Visa and green card

Writing for Daily Kos, Public Justice’s Executive Director Paul Bland makes a cogent and reasoned argument in favor of allowing class treatment for individuals harmed by recent Executive Orders restricting immigration into the U.S. “While the Administration has grouped all Muslim immigrants and refugees from these seven countries together for the purposes of denying them entry into the United States, it doesn’t want them grouped together when they try to go to court,” Bland writes in the piece. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Named Benchmark Litigation Plaintiff Attorney of the Year

Benchmark Litigation 2017 U.S. Awards

Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser its “Plaintiff Attorney of the Year.” Billed as “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” Benchmark Litigation also recognized Lieff Cabraser’s work on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud litigation as a 2017 “Impact Case,” recognizing the work of our firm along with defense counsel Sullivan & Cromwell that resulted in settlements valued in the aggregate at over $15 billion. [Read more…]

Kenneth Byrd in Nashville Scene on Big Tobacco Sponsorship of Schools

Kenneth Byrd Quoted in Nashville Scene on Tobacco Sponsorship of Schools

The Nashville Scene reports that cigarette giant Phillip Morris, now known as Altria, will be the founding sponsor of the 7th Annual Academies of Nashville gala, an event put on by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce honoring teachers and principals, and recognizing partnerships between business and schools. [Read more…]

VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Settlement Valued at $1.2 Billion Receives Preliminary Approval Along with Separate $327.5M Bosch Deal

Cars in traffic

On February 16, 2017, Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted preliminary approval to a buyback, compensation, and repair settlement for owners and lessees of 3.0-liter diesel engine VW, Porsche and Audi vehicles. This preliminary approval signals a signal step on the path toward final settlement approval, expected to occur in May of 2017. The Court also gave preliminary approval to a separate $327.5 million settlement with German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, which wrote and installed the secret emissions-manipulating software on the affected vehicles. [Read more…]

New Bill Focuses on Class Actions: What Does This Mean For Defense and Plaintiffs’ Attorneys?

New Bill Focuses on Class Actions: What Does This Mean For Defense and Plaintiffs’ Attorneys?

A new bill focusing on class actions was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 15th on a 19 to 12 vote. Known as the 2017 Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (H.R. 985), the legislation was introduced February 9 by committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). [Read more…]