Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

San Francisco Federal Judge Grants Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Stopping Enforcement of Executive Order Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

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In January and February of 2017, the City and County of San Francisco (California) and the County of Santa Clara (California) filed lawsuits to stop enforcement of President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.” These complaints were ultimately supported by 36 cities and counties in California and across the country, from Jersey City to New Orleans to Seattle, and all parts in between. On April 14, 2017, the Court heard arguments on the Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction against the executive order as unconstitutional and harmful to the public nationwide. On April 25, 2017, Judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the Plaintiffs’ request and issued a nationwide preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the executive order against jurisdictions deemed sanctuary jurisdictions. [Read more…]

“Where are the Gatekeepers?” Bruce Leppla to Speak at the Investment Company Institute May 2017 General Members Meeting

Bruce Leppla to Speak at the Investment Company Institute May 2017 General Members Meeting

Lieff Cabraser attorney Bruce W. Leppla will be speaking at the Investment Company Institute’s May 4, 2017 General Members Meeting on “Where are the Gatekeepers? The Need for Investment Firm Oversight of the Capital Markets.” Mr. Leppla and his partners represent institutional investors in major class and opt-out investment loss recovery litigation in circumstances where such losses are due to fraud or serious corporate misconduct. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights Sarah Knuckey Wins Columbia Presidential Teaching Award

Lieff Cabraser Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights Sarah Knuckey Wins Columbia Presidential Teaching Award

Columbia Law School has announced that Sarah Knuckey, the Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights, has received a 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty. The award is presented annually at the Law School’s Commencement ceremony and honors a small number of instructors nominated by the Columbia community who display a commitment to excellent and innovative teaching. [Read more…]

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina Business Court Judge Michael Robinson has denied the Carolinas HealthCare System’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the hospital giant of driving up health care costs through illegal efforts to prevent competition. The lawsuit, filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in September of 2016, accuses CHS of placing improper contract restrictions on insurers forbidding them from guiding customers to lower-cost competing hospitals. [Read more…]

Target Recalls Easter Toys Due to Child Safety Hazards

Target Recalls Easter Toys Due to Child Safety Hazards

Major retailer Target is recalling more than half a million Easter toys due to risks that children can eat the toys, which ingestion can cause intestinal obstructions, severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and can even be life-threatening. A “Fast Track Recall” was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday for 560,000 water-absorbent Hatch and Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino that are sold at Target for a dollar each. [Read more…]

NFL Concussion Lawsuits Move Forward To Involve Opt-Out Cases

NFL Concussion Lawsuits Move Forward To Involve Opt-Out Cases

In the multidistrict NFL concussion litigation, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that former NFL players who opted out of the original April 2015 settlement will be able to file a new complaint. These 53 opt-out cases involve 153 former NFL players, including football stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, “who decided not to join the 22,000 others taking part in an uncapped settlement related to concussions and degenerative neurological conditions resulting from their playing days,” according to Law360. Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman has been named class counsel and will be representing the opt-out plaintiffs in the litigation. [Read more…]

New District Court Ruling Sets Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit to Move Forward

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Moves Forward

On April 12, 2017, District Court Judge Analisa Torres granted plaintiffs’ motion to amend their complaint and add new representative plaintiffs, denied Goldman Sachs’ motions to dismiss the new plaintiffs’ claims, and ordered the parties to submit proposals by April 26, 2017, on a process for addressing Magistrate Judge Francis’ March 2015 Report and Recommendation on class certification. [Read more…]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE−Warning: Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors Not Coming Close to “Counting Every Beat”

New Testing Confirms Fitbit’s PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors “Highly Inaccurate”

New Independent Study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine Confirms the Significant Inaccuracy of the Heart Rate Monitors Made by Fitbit, Self-Proclaimed “Digital Healthcare Company”

April 11, 2017–San Francisco–Researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa announced the results of new independent testing on a selection of wearable heart rate monitors, confirming findings in previous studies that the PurePulse™ technology used in Fitbit’s popular fitness trackers is wildly inaccurate during moderate and high-intensity exercise. [Read more…]

United Airlines Involuntary Passenger Removal Incident Sparks Further Controversy On Flight Overbooking

United Airlines Involuntary Passenger Removal Incident Sparks Further Controversy On Flight Overbooking

The past weekend’s incident on a United Airlines flight where a passenger was forcibly removed by security from an aircraft after refusing to give up his seat to a United employee has shed increased light on the all-too-common practice of airlines bumping passengers off planes when flight are overbooked. The practice is an ongoing problem as so many flights are routinely overbooked. A viral video of the United passenger being violently being dragged off the flight has sparked outrage, concern, and a social media uproar towards the airline and its policies and passenger dealings. [Read more…]