Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

New Study Finds Monsanto Weedkiller Chemical Increases Cancer Risk by up to 41%

New Study Finds Monsanto Weedkiller Chemical Increases Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has found that exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, can increase a person’s risk of cancer by up to 41 percent. As reported by the Daily Mail, “Roundup is believed to be the UK’s most widely used weedkiller and, globally, the most popular in history.” [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Discusses Two-Sided Markets and Antitrust Law at California Lawyers Association Webinar

Dean Harvey Discusses Two-Sided Markets and Antitrust Law at California Lawyers Association Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey is teaching a webinar on “Antitrust Analysis in Two-Sided Markets” for the California Lawyers Association (CLA) from 12:00-1:00pm on February 21, 2019. The webinar is being put together by the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the CLA and will feature a panel discussion that will explore the treatment of two-sided markets in antitrust law, with an emphasis on how the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ohio v. American Express has been interpreted by courts and invoked by litigants thus far, and how the case is likely to shape legal theories and analysis in antitrust cases going forward. [Read more…]

Powerful CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor: “A USC Gynecologist Shattered My Illusions”

CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor

CNN has published a striking opinion piece written by USC alumna, Meggie Kwait, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC health center. Ms. Kwait recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Provides Written Comments on Proposed Federal Civil Rules Changes

MPC Comments on Proposed Changes to Federal Civil Rules

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has convened to review proposed changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6), the first major changes since the rule was first adopted in the early 1970s. The changes relate to pretrial identification and review of individuals designated by corporations to testify on the corporation’s behalf in civil lawsuits. The current amendment would require litigants to meet and confer about “the number and description of the matters for examination and the identity of each person the organization will designate to testify.” As detailed by AmLaw Litigation Daily, the plaintiffs bar is generally in favor of the change, though as the publication notes there are some plaintiff-side objections “to the call to limit the number of topics that can be covered.” [Read more…]

Samsung Exploding Washers Class Action Settlement to Make More Than $200 Million Available to Class Members

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

A federal court judge has granted preliminary approval to a settlement between Samsung Electronics and consumers who asserted claims that certain Samsung top-load washing machines could have their tops detach, their drain pumps fail, and even explode during normal use. Between the terms of the settlement preliminarily approved by Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the existing washer recall, more than $200 million is being made available to the class. [Read more…]

USC to Enact Campus-Wide Reforms to Prevent and Report Sexual and Racial Misconduct, Provide Monetary Relief to Thousands of Former Tyndall Patients as Part of Class Action Settlement

USC and Dr. George Tyndall Sexual Abuse Cases

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – University of Southern California (USC) students and alumni today filed a class action settlement agreement resolving claims related to gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. that will require USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize all of Tyndall’s patients through a $215 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Sexual Harassment at Women Judges Conference

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Sexual Harassment at Women Judges Conference

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Kelly Dermody will speak on the attorney panel at the upcoming National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) “#WETOO in the Legal Workplace” conference in Sacramento, California. The conference will present an exploration of sexual harassment in the legal setting in collaboration with the California Women Lawyers and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. [Read more…]

NVDA INVESTORS NOTICE: Lieff Cabraser Reminds Investors of Deadline in Class Action Against NVIDIA Corporation

NVIDIA Securities Fraud Reminder

Lieff Cabraser reminds investors of the upcoming 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 securities of NVIDIA Corporation (“NVIDIA” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: NVDA) between August 10, 2017 and November 15, 2018, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Speaks on Predatory California Bail Bonds Litigation at California Public Defenders Association Seminar

Dean Harvey Speaks on Predatory California Bail Bonds Litigation at California Public Defenders Association Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be speaking at the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) “New Statutes” seminar taking place on March 29, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, California. Dean’s talk is titled, “The Newly-Filed Lawsuit Challenging Unfairly High Non-Refundable Premiums Charged for Bail Bonds.” [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Testifies in Washington About Proposed Changes to the Corporate Deposition Rules

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Mark P. Chalos, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, testified on February 8, 2019 at the Federal Rules Advisory Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., regarding proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure governing the deposition of corporate entities. [Read more…]