Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Exelon Investor Alert:  February 14, 2020 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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Lieff Cabraser reminds investors of the upcoming deadline to move for appointment as lead plaintiff in the class action that has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities.of Exelon Corporation (“Exelon” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EXC) between February 9, 2019 and November 1, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

HEXO Investor Alert: January 27, 2020 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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Lieff Cabraser reminds investors of the upcoming deadline to move for appointment as lead plaintiff in the class action litigation on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of  HEXO Corp. (“HEXO” or the “Company”) (NYSE: HEXO) between January 25, 2019 and November 15, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty in March 2020 Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

Elizabeth Cabraser, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty in March 2020 Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

The Duke Law School Bolch Judicial Institute is holding an intensive 3-day mass-tort MDL instructional program from March 11-13, 2020. Faculty will include two Duke Law professors, six experienced MDL judges, and 25 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…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Annika K. Martin Appointed to Sedona Conference Working Group Series Leadership Council

Lieff Cabraser Partner Annika K. Martin Appointed to Sedona Conference Working Group Series Leadership Council

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has been appointed to The Sedona Conference Working Group Series Leadership Council after serving for the past three years on the Steering Committee of Working Group 1, the Electronic Document Retention and Production group. [Read more…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Signals Approval of Landmark $215M Settlement for Ex-Gynecologist’s Patients

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On Monday January 6, 2020 a federal judge in Los Angeles signaled that he would give final approval to USC’s landmark, $215-million federal class-action settlement with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, who has been accused of sexual abuse and misconduct relating to tens of thousands of female patients while he was the head gynecologist at the USC student health center for over two decades. [Read more…]

Class Counsel Announce U.S. District Court Grants Final Approval to $135m Settlement in Navistar Diesel Engine EGR Emissions Defect Litigation

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Owners and lessees of affected vehicles must file their claims by May 11, 2020 to recover up to $2,500 cash, up to $10,000 rebate on a new Navistar truck, or up to $15,000 for documented costs relating to the alleged defect

January 3, 2020, New York—(BUSINESSWIRE)—On January 3rd, 2020, Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted final approval to the proposed settlement of multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of plaintiff truck owners and lessees alleging that Navistar, Inc. and Navistar International, Inc. sold or leased 2011-2014 model year vehicles equipped with certain MaxxForce 11- or 13-liter diesel engines that had a defective EGR emissions system. Judge Gottschall concluded that the parties’ class action settlement is a fair, reasonable, and adequate resolution of plaintiffs’ claims. [Read more…]

New Incidences of Sexual Assault on Frontier Airlines Are Example of Growing Problem

New Incidences of Sexual Assault on Frontier Airlines Are Example of Growing Problem

As reported by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, sexual assault on airplanes continues to be a steadily growing problem.

In October 2018, a 14-member government task force was created to study sexual misconduct on airplanes after the FBI issued a warning to airlines and to the public at large that the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial airline flights had been increasing “at an alarming rate.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Reach $35M Settlement with Bank of America in California Unpaid Mortgage Interest Case

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Reach $35M Settlement with Bank of America in California Unpaid Mortgage Interest Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Bank of America North America has agreed to pay $35 million to settle a borrower class action lawsuit accusing the company of failing to comply with a California law requiring banks to pay interest on mortgage escrow accounts. [Read more…]

Nashville News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos and TV Station WSMV Resolve Dispute

Nashville News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos and TV Station WSMV Resolve Dispute

As reported by The Nashville Business Journal, longtime news anchor Demetria Kalodimos announced Wednesday that she has settled her lawsuit with her former employer, WSMV Channel 4, an NBC-affiliated television station in Nashville, Tennessee. The lawsuit against WSMV and the station’s owner, Meredith Corp., accused the media companies of gender and age discrimination as well as breach of contract, among other claims. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Names New Partners for 2020

Lieff Cabraser New Partners 2020

We are proud to announce that Andrew Kaufman, Kelly McNabb, John Nicolaou, Yaman Salahi, and Tiseme Zegeye have been promoted to partner.

Andrew, who works in our Nashville office, has a practice that focuses on financial fraud, consumer protection, and product defect cases. John and Kelly are located in New York City, where John works on securities and financial fraud cases and Kelly has a practice dedicated to holding corporations accountable for injuries that devastate her clients’ lives. Yaman and Tiseme work in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, where Yaman works on antitrust and employment discrimination matters and Tiseme’s practice focuses on employment discrimination.

Congratulations to all!

American Antitrust Institute Successfully Opposes Drug Makers’ Attempts to Enjoin New California Law Outlawing Pay-for-Delay Drug Settlements

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Lieff Cabraser serves as counsel for amicus AAI, who successfully secured denial of drug makers’ requested injunction against the new pro-competition law AB 824

Lieff Cabraser serves as counsel for amicus American Antitrust Institute, on whose behalf the firm filed a brief in opposition to drug makers’ attempts to enjoin a new California law (AB 824) which outlaws pay-for-delay drug settlements. The motion for preliminary injunction against Assembly Bill 824 was brought by the so-called “Association for Accessible Medicine.” [Read more…]

Plantronics Shareholders: January 13, 2020 Filing Deadline in Securities Class Action

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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 Plantronics, Inc. (“Plantronics” or the “Company”) (NYSE: PLT) between January 2, 2018 and November 5, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Baxter Shareholder Alert: January 24, 2020 Filing Deadline in Class Action– Contact Lieff Cabraser

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Lieff Cabraser reminds investors of the upcoming deadline to move for appointment as lead plaintiff in the class action that has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of  Baxter International Inc. (“Baxter” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BAX) between February 21, 2019 and October 23, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Health Organizations Warn More Children Are Swallowing Dangerous Toy Magnets

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As reported by The Washington Post, the number of children ingesting rare-earth magnets — often made into desktop toys — has skyrocketed in the last three years. When ingested, these tiny magnets are capable of shredding a child’s intestines as they are often 10 times stronger than ordinary magnets. As The Post notes, “if multiple rare-earth magnets — each the size of a BB pellet — are swallowed, they can pull together inside the intestines, potentially causing life-threatening holes and blockages that most often require emergency surgery.” [Read more…]

Exelon Shareholder Alert: February 14, 2020 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (December 26, 2019) – The law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Exelon Corporation (“Exelon” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EXC) between February 9, 2019 and November 1, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Sarah London Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

Sarah London Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

On December 20, 2019, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of the Northern District of California issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London  as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in the nationwide multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Settlement of Lovenox/Enoxaparin Drug Antitrust Class Action with Momenta and Sandoz

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$120 million aggregate settlement will benefit hospitals, insurers and companies that pay for their employees’ healthcare costs, and uninsured people affected by the pharma companies’ alleged anticompetitive conduct

Lieff Cabraser is proud to announce that Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sandoz Inc. have agreed to settlements totaling $120 million in the antitrust class action about enoxaparin, a life-saving drug. The settlement will compensate hospitals, insurers, companies that pay for their employees’ healthcare costs, and uninsured people in Tennessee and 29 other jurisdictions who allegedly overpaid for Lovenox® or generic enoxaparin. The named plaintiffs in the class action are Nashville General Hospital, a nonprofit hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and DC 37, a health plan for hundreds of thousands of public-sector union members in New York. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Settlement of Nationwide Mercedes-Benz A/C Mold and Mildew Case

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Uncapped settlement will provide reimbursement for qualified past repairs and all or part of the cost of future repairs to owners and lessees of approximately 2.5 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles affected by the alleged Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system mold and mildew defects

New York, December 20, 2019—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser and Corpus Law Patel announce that plaintiff vehicle owners and lessees have reached a nationwide settlement with Mercedes-Benz to end the cl ass action product defect litigation over claims that certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles were affected by HVAC system defects that led to noxious odors inside the vehicles that could be severe enough to render the luxury vehicles unfit for driving. [Read more…]

$52 Million Settlement in Farmers Group Insurance Illegal Pricing Lawsuit Gets First Nod

$52 Million Settlement in Farmers Group Insurance Illegal Pricing Lawsuit Gets First Nod

As reported by the Texas Lawyer (subscription), on Monday, December 16, 2019, Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas gave the first round of approval to a settlement of a class action against Farmers Group Inc. valued at $52 million arising from allegations the insurance company systematically charged their existing customers more than they did new customers for the same insurance coverage in violation of the law. The company was also accused of keeping their loyal existing customers in the dark about lower available rates. [Read more…]

Class Action Lawsuits Play Critical Role in the Fight to Protect Consumers and Workers from Being Cheated – Slate.com

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Powerful and straightforward piece in Slate reveals how Americans have had their consumer and employee rights stripped away from them

Since their inception, class action lawsuits have provided consumers with a mechanism to challenge and deter large corporations from breaking the law. Over the last decade, however, hundreds of millions of Americans have seen themselves legally prohibited from bringing or joining such lawsuits as the imposition of forced arbitration has skyrocketed to restrict their rights. Forced arbitration provisions drastically limit the rights of consumers and employees. As Slate observes, this onetime major recourse for individuals facing illegal behavior by giant corporations is reeling in the wake of a Supreme Court “determined to stamp them out.” [Read more…]