Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Judge Close To Granting Preliminary Approval of $48.95M Settlement in Knorr, Wabtec No-Poach Antitrust Case

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As reported by Law360 (Subscription), U.S District Judge Joy Flowers Conti has indicated she is close to granting preliminary approval to a $48.95 million settlement of the antitrust lawsuit in which employee plaintiffs alleged Knorr-Bermse AG and Wabtec Corp. improperly agreed not to hire each other’s employees resulting in suppressed and lost wages. The settlement proceeds will be distributed to workers of both companies. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit Against Huntington Memorial Hospital and Dr. Patrick Sutton to Move Forward

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Judge Otis D. Wright’s March 16, 2020 Order dismissed a small subset of claims from plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint but ordered that the case move to trial on numerous other individual and class claims including sexual assault, negligence, and punitive damages

On March 16, 2020, the Honorable Otis D. Wright, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California issued a ruling that the class action sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf on behalf of multiple Jane Doe plaintiffs and what are estimated to be thousands of class members against Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital and Dr. Patrick Sutton should move forward. While dismissing some of the Doe plaintiffs’ sexual harassment and gender violence claims on procedural grounds, the Judge’s Order found sufficient grounds for the plaintiffs’ sexual assault, sexual battery, negligence, gross negligence, and punitive and exemplary damages claims, a subset of the sexual harassment and gender violence claims advanced by some of the Doe plaintiffs, and significantly, also upheld plaintiffs’ collective class action claims, and directed that the litigation should move forward to formal discovery and trial. [Read more…]

Fraud Class Action Filed Against Health Technology Company Greenway Health by Lieff Cabraser

Fraud Class Action Filed Against Health Technology Company Greenway Health by Lieff Cabraser

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of a Florida pediatrics group against health technology company Greenway Health for alleged fraud and other deceptive practices in connection with the sale of Greenway’s Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) systems, marketed to and used by healthcare providers. [Read more…]

AAN Investor Alert: April 28, 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 Aaron’s, Inc. (“Aaron’s” or the “Company”) (NYSE: AAN) between March 2, 2018 and February 19, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

If you purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Aaron’s during the Class Period, you may move the Court for appointment as lead plaintiff by no later than April 28, 2020. A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. Your share of any recovery in the actions will not be affected by your decision of whether to seek appointment as lead plaintiff. You may retain Lieff Cabraser, or other attorneys, as your counsel in the action. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Move to Consolidate Fraud & Injury Lawsuits in Nationwide Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), plaintiffs in Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury cases united to file two consolidated complaints on Wednesday, unifying allegations that the vaping powerhouse caused widespread lung injuries by aggressively and fraudulently marketing its devices to underage teens and younger children. [Read more…]

Chemical Companies Fail to Get Polyurethane Price-Fixing MDL Dismissed

Chemical Companies Can't Dismiss Polyurethane Price-Fixing MDL

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered that a group of chemical manufacturers face class action litigation accusing them of conspiring to manipulate the prices of two chemicals used to make polyurethane. The complaint alleges that BASF, Covestro LLC and Dow Chemical Co. used plant closures and limited supplies to illegally drive up the prices of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, and toluene diisocyanate, necessary components of widely-used polyurethane. Defendants’ attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed were denied. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” at 2020 Benchmark Litigation Awards Ceremony

Lieff Cabraser Named “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” at 2020 Benchmark Litigation Awards Ceremony

Firm also receives “Impact Litigation” awards for Fiat/Chrysler EcoDiesel fraud and Plains All American Oil Spill cases

Benchmark Litigation, the self-described “definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” held its ninth annual U.S. West Coast awards ceremony on Friday March 5th, at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, where it honored recipients with its 2020 litigation awards. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Student-Athletes Against NCAA and Former Track Coach John Rembao

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Today, three former student-athletes filed a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the NCAA Board of Governors, and John Rembao, the former track and cross-country coach at the University of Arizona, University of Texas-Austin and other NCAA universities. The complaint alleges that the NCAA put student-athletes at all NCAA member schools in harm’s way by failing to prohibit sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual contact between coaches and student-athletes, and by permitting coaches accused of sexual abuse to move unfettered between NCAA schools. The lawsuit seeks immediate adoption of clear and best practices around coach-student relationships, and compensation for those who were subjected to abuse as a result of the NCAA’s failures to employ such practices. [Read more…]

Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the University of Michigan by Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel

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Lawsuit alleges that for over three decades the University of Michigan allowed Dr. Robert E. Anderson to violate the trust of and sexually abuse young male student-patients

Lieff Cabraser, The Miller Law Firm, and Sauder Schelkopf, LLC announce that a class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against the University of Michigan and its Regents for allowing and enabling a University physician, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, to sexually abuse students while employed by the University from 1968 until 2003. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of former student-patients who allege Anderson used his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Establish Fund to Benefit Tornado Victims Across Tennessee

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Nashville, Tenn. – National plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) announce the creation of the “Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief Fund” through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide assistance to victims of the March 3, 2020 tornadoes across Tennessee. The fund allows attorneys and others in Tennessee and nationwide to contribute donations to relief efforts in Tennessee following the recent devastating tornadoes. [Read more…]

GERN Investors:  March 23, 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 the common stock of Geron Corporation (“Geron” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GERN) between March 19, 2018 and September 26, 2018, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

At a March 3rd hearing, the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals upheld a class action settlement resolving claims over Facebook’s allegedly inappropriate collection of data from users’ private messages and then profits by improperly sharing that information with third parties in violation of U.S. privacy laws. The court rejected an argument made by a single class member objector who claimed the deal was of negligible value to Facebook users. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke recently with Education Week for the article “School Districts Are Suing JUUL Over Youth Vaping. Do They Stand a Chance?” on the role districts will play in the huge wave of litigation against e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul. For their part, school districts seek to recover the costs of smoking prevention programs, counseling, and treatment for addicted students – the same students JUUL allegedly targeted with their fraudulent and predatory vaping ad campaigns. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty in Upcoming 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 its intensive 3-day mass-tort MDL instructional program beginning, Wednesday, 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…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Grants Final Approval to Landmark $215M Settlement for Ex-Gynecologist’s Student Patients

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), on February 26, 2020, Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting final approval to the $215 million settlement between USC and a class of thousands of women who claim they were sexually abused by university doctor George Tyndall between 1989 and 2016. [Read more…]

NBC News Nashville Reports on Lieff Cabraser’s Lawsuit Against Evenflo Company Fraudulent Marketing of Dangerous Child Car Seats

Lawsuit filed over Evenflo Big Kid Booster Seat Safety

As alleged in a new lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser on behalf of parents who purchased Evenflo’s Big Kid Booster car seats, Evenflo has known since 2012 or earlier that its Big Kid Booster Seat is not safe for children weighing less than forty pounds. The booster seat also does not appreciably reduce the risk of serious injury or death from side-impacts or collisions. NBC-TV Nashville featured a report on the new lawsuit, including an interview with Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos, lead attorney on the case. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Settlement of Knorr and Wabtec Employee No-Poach Antitrust Lawsuit

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Proposed settlements with world’s dominant railway equipment suppliers will provide $48.95 million for employees who alleged their compensation was adversely impacted by an agreement between Knorr and Wabtec not to poach each other’s employees

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. announce a total of $48.95 million in settlements to resolve antitrust claims of a class of approximately 8,396 employees of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation and certain subsidiaries (“Wabtec”) and Knorr-Bremse AG and certain subsidiaries (“Knorr”). Knorr has agreed to pay $12 million, and Wabtec has agreed to pay $36.95 million. [Read more…]

New York Gynecologist Robert Hadden, Who Evaded Prison in Controversial 2016 Sex-Crime Plea, Now Faces New Allegations

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Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman represents one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuits against Dr. Hadden

The New York Times reports that the Manhattan district attorney’s office has announced that it has opened an investigation into new allegations of abuse against NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital gynecologist Robert A. Hadden. The announcement came just a month after the wife of a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate publicly declared that she, too, was one of Hadden’s victims and amid calls from elected officials and women’s rights groups for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. to resign over his handling of previous cases against Hadden. [Read more…]

Michelle Lamy To Be a Featured Panelist at Upcoming Stanford Law School “Women in Plaintiffs’ Law” Event

Michelle Lamy Stanford Law Event

Lieff Cabraser attorney Michelle Lamy will be participating in a panel discussion this Wednesday, February 26th, from 12:45-2:00 p.m. at Stanford Law School focusing on “Women in Plaintiffs’ Law.” The event will feature women who practice plaintiffs’ law and work at a variety of private and public interest firms around the Bay Area who will speak about their experiences as plaintiffs’ attorneys. [Read more…]