Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

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…]

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation From Fund Set Up By Six California Catholic Dioceses

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation From Fund Set Up By Six California Catholic Dioceses

Survivors need to be aware of fast-approaching January 31, 2020 deadline for all claims

Individuals who were sexually abused by priests across six California Catholic dioceses now have the option to file claims to receive money from a new independent compensation program managed outside the church. The Independent Compensation Program (“ICP”), initially announced in May of this year, is a part of an ongoing effort by the Dioceses to repair their relationships with their communities and offer restitution for past abuses. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s Evan Ballan Wins Pro Bono Victory for Elderly San Francisco Widow

Lieff Cabraser's Evan Ballan Wins Pro Bono Victory for Elderly SF Widow

We are proud to report that Lieff Cabraser associate Evan Ballan has won a pro bono victory in San Francisco Superior Court for an elderly San Francisco widow in a debt collection lawsuit wherein she was sued by a collections clearinghouse that had purchased her credit card debt. Thanks to Evan’s fierce advocacy, the client not only avoided trial, but received an early “Christmas Miracle” of seeing the entire lawsuit dismissed by the court with prejudice. [Read more…]

Filing Deadline for 2017-2018 Northern California Wildfire Claims Extended to December 31, 2019

Northern California Wine Country Fires

Proof of claim process is easy but must be completed by Tuesday December 31st, 2019

If you were affected by the PG&E fires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you have until 5 PM on Tuesday December 31st, 2019 to file a Proof of Claim. The form is simple. It takes ten minutes to fill out, yet half of those who had painful losses have not filed a claim. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Sexual Assault Class Action Against Frontier Airlines

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Lawsuit alleges the carrier fails in its duty to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assaults of passengers on its flights

San Francisco, December 16, 2019—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser, Tyler H. Fox and Maass Law announce the filing of a federal class action lawsuit in Denver on behalf of two Colorado residents alleging that Frontier Inc. has failed to have and follow policies and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assaults of passengers on its flights. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Secure $35M Settlement With Momenta Pharma in Lovenox Blood Clot Drug Antitrust Class Action

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), the parties in the Lovenox/Enox blood clot drug antitrust lawsuit have announced a $35 million settlement in the class action lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of buyers of generic Lovenox (enoxaparin) that accused the company and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals of illegally conspiring to prevent other drug companies from competing in the sale of enoxaparin, used in the treatment of heart attacks and to prevent and control deep vein thrombosis. [Read more…]

HEXO Corp. Shareholder Class Action:  January 27, 2020 Filing Deadline – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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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 HEXO Corp. (“HEXO” or the “Company”) (NYSE: HEXO) between January 25, 2019 and November 15, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Uber Safety Report Shows Nearly 6,000 Incidents of Sexual Assault Over Past Two Years

Uber Safety Report Shows Nearly 6,000 Incidents of Sexual Assault Over Past Two Years

Uber recently released a highly-anticipated safety report, wherein the ridesharing giant, revealed that it received 5,981 reports of serious sexual assault in the U.S. during 2017 and 2018. The claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to outright rape, with almost 500 incidents of rape reported. [Read more…]

Northern California Wildfire Victims Secure PG&E Agreement to Provide $13.5 Billion in Compensation for Fire Victims

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Victims Must File Claims Before December 31, 2019 Court Deadline

San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2019 — The Official Tort Claimants Committee (“TCC”), representing fire victims and other tort claimants in Pacific Gas & Electric’s (“PG&E”) bankruptcy reorganization, announce an agreement with PG&E to provide $13.5 billion in compensation for the fire victims and other tort claimants. This agreement comes after months of the TCC negotiating with PG&E on behalf of fire victims and other claimants. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Talks with Law360 About National Opioids Case, Other Litigation, Career

Elizabeth Cabraser Talks with Law360 About National Opioids Case, Other Litigation, Career

Law360 (subscription) has published an in-depth interview with Lieff Cabraser founding  partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser that includes a focus on the complexities of navigating the nationwide opioid litigation, which has pitted local communities against the prescription drug industry as those harmed seek redress over the destructive opioid addiction crisis. [Read more…]

Baxter International Inc. Shareholder Class Action: January 24, 2020 Filing Deadline – Contact Lieff Cabraser

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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 Baxter International Inc. (“Baxter” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BAX) between February 21, 2019 and October 23, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

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Elizabeth Cabraser to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Lawyer’s 2019 ‘Industry Awards’

Elizabeth Cabraser to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Lawyer’s 2019 ‘Industry Awards’

At its annual Industry Awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday, December 4th in New York City, The American Lawyer will present Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser with its Lifetime Achievement award. Elizabeth is among six recipients to be honored this year. [Read more…]