Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

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…]

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Support of Stay on Travel Ban

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Support of Stay on Travel Ban

On February 16, 2017, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Darweesh, et al. v. Trump, et al. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in support of the current stay on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order restricting entry to the United States. [Read more…]

VW Litigation Update: Judge Approves $1 Billion 3-Liter Engine Settlement in Emissions-Cheating Scandal

Judge Approves $1 Billion 3-Liter Engine Settlement in Emissions-Cheating Scandal

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer has granted preliminary approval to a new $1 billion settlement involving 78,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel owners in the infamous VW emissions-cheating scandal. Under this newest settlement in the litigation, Volkswagen will compensate owners of these 3-liter diesel engine vehicles, and repair or buy back as many as 20,000 Touareg and Audi Q7 SUVs. [Read more…]