Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

California Family Joins Class Action Lawsuit Against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines Over Coronavirus Exposures on Mexico Grand Princess Cruise

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Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

As reported by FOX News, a California family has joined a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the more than 2,800 passengers who were negligently exposed to COVID-19 on the Princess Cruise Lines Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco to Mexico in February of 2020. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Testifies at Tennessee Senate Judiciary Hearing on Proposed COVID Liability Protections Bill

mpc covid liability protection bill

As reported by The Nashville Post (subscription), both the Tennessee House and Senate judiciary committees advanced bills Tuesday, drafted with the help of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other business groups, intended to protect businesses, schools and other organizations from coronavirus-related litigation. [Read more…]

Deposition of Key Witness in the University of Michigan / Dr. Robert Anderson Decades-Long Sexual Abuse Class Action Will Go Forward

University of Michigan / Dr. Robert Anderson

As reported by the Detroit News, lawyers will be allowed to depose a key witness as part of the lawsuits against the University of Michigan involving literally decades of alleged sexual abuse by the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson. In a ruling made June 10th, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ordered that Thomas Easthope be deposed in July for trial preservation in the lawsuits against UM and the Board of Regents linked to Anderson – the former head of University Health Service and team physician for the UM Athletic Department from 1968-2003.

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Robert J. Nelson and Naomi Pomeroy Discuss Business Interruption Insurance Claim Denial and Litigation on Heritage Radio Network Snacky Tunes Podcast

Restaurant Justice, Wrongful Insurance Denial Cases

As part of their continuing series of conversations on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the restaurant industry, Heritage Radio Network’s weekly food news podcast “Snacky Tunes” spoke with award-winning chef/owner of Portland’s Beast and Expatriate Naomi Pomeroy and national plaintiffs’ lawyer and Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson. Together, the two are helping lead the charge on #JUSTICEFORRESTAURANTS, a series of lawsuits filed against insurers that are denying restaurants’ insurance claims for interrupted business relief related to the shelter in place orders associated with the Coronavirus pandemic. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File First Class Action Lawsuit Against Carnival & Princess Cruise Lines Over Coronavirus Exposures on Mexico Grand Princess Cruise

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More than 2,000 passengers affected; lawsuit follows similar April 2020 class action against Carnival/Princess over February Hawaii Cruise

The law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Mary Alexander & Associates, and Nelson & Fraenkel, LLP have filed the first class action lawsuit on behalf of the more than 2,800 passengers negligently exposed to COVID-19 on the Princess Cruise Lines Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco to Mexico from February 11, 2020 through February 21, 2020. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. [Read more…]

Law360 Profiles “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” Jonathan Selbin

Law360 Profiles “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” Jonathan Selbin

Law360 has published an in-depth profile on Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbinnamed a 2020 “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar.” The award recognizes lawyers who “not only excel in the courtroom in large-scale litigation, but also take on leadership roles at their firms.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Mary Alexander File Class Action Against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines in Los Angeles Federal Court Alleging Extreme Negligence

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Lieff Cabraser and Mary Alexander announce the filing of a class action lawsuit in Federal Court in L.A. against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines alleging that these companies negligently spread the COVID-19 pandemic among their own passengers and crew. More than 60 individuals who were passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship in February 2020 filed the lawsuit alleging gross negligence on the part of both cruise lines in the handling of passenger health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak. [Read more…]

Berkeley Law and Legal Aid at Work Launch 2020 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer (Remote) Speaker Series: “Employment Law in the COVID Era”

EJC 2020 Summer (Remote) Speaker Series Blog

As part of their 2020 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer (Remote) Speaker Series, Berkeley Law and local Bay Area nonprofit Legal Aid at Work will present “Being a Lawyer in Pandemic Times: Perspectives From the Field – Employment Law in the COVID Era,” a webinar featuring Lieff Cabraser partner Yaman Salahi, Staff Attorney DeCarol Davis from the Legal Aid at Work Workers’ Rights Clinic, and Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation and Training at the Impact Fund. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:15 PST. The annual lecture series, named in honor of Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, strives to present a wide spectrum of topics and views affecting the current state of public interest law. [Read more…]

New York Votes to Extend Child Victims Act ‘Look-Back’ Window for Reporting Sexual Abuse

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

The New York State Legislature has approved a bill extending the Child Victims Act that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse more time to bring lawsuits for allegations that occurred even decades ago. As reported by (subscription), on Wednesday, lawmakers in the state voted to extend the legal “look-back” window by an extra year, officially pushing the filing deadline for new claims to August 2021. [Read more…]

LOPE INVESTOR ALERT: July 13, 2020 Filing Deadline in Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

Securities fraud

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (May 28, 2020) – 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 publicly traded common stock of Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (“Grand Canyon” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOPE) between January 5, 2018 and January 27, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

Duke and UNC Accused of Unlawful “No-Poach” Agreement in Class Action Lawsuit

Duke 'No-Poach' Case

This case on behalf of non-medical faculty follows Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s successful similar action against Duke on behalf of medical faculty that led to a $54.5 million settlement in 2019.

May 27, 2020, Durham, North Carolina—(BUSINESSWIRE)— Lieff Cabraser, Edelstein & Payne, and Elliot Morgan Parsonage announce the filing of a class action labor antitrust “no-poach” lawsuit against Duke University on behalf of Lucia Binotti, a Professor at UNC, and a proposed class of non-medical faculty at Duke and UNC, from 2001 through February 5, 2018. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks To The Tennessean’s David Plazas About Fair Trials, The Law, and COVID-19 Insurance Claim Problems

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos recently spoke with The Tennessean’s Opinion Editor, David Plazas, in a wide-ranging conversation about law, society, and the impact of COVID-19 on the American justice system. Topics included how the pandemic is affecting the courts’ ability to carry out fair trials, and how the denial of coronavirus business interruption insurance claims is affecting  small businesses across the U.S. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Annika K. Martin Appointed Interim Co-Class Counsel for Plaintiffs in U of M / Anderson Sexual Abuse Class Action

University of Michigan

On May 26, 2020, Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin was appointed to serve as Plaintiffs’ Interim Co-Class Counsel in the sexual abuse litigation against the University of Michigan and Dr. Robert E. Anderson pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of former student-patients, alleges that Anderson abused his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care, and that the University of Michigan and its Regents allowed and enabled that abuse during his employment at the University from 1968 through 2003. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin Named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360

Jonathan Selbin Named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360

Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin has been selected by Law360 as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” for 2020. The publication named 10 plaintiffs’ attorneys who have “won landmark victories in high-profile class-action lawsuits on behalf of clients across the country,” a list that includes Jonathan, who achieved a multi-year string of success in cases for improper phone and text harassment of consumers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, leading to settlements totaling nearly $370 million in 17 separate cases. [Read more…]

Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling Talc-Containing Baby Powder in U.S. & Canada


As reported by The Wall Street Journal, health-products giant Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will discontinue the sale of its talc-containing Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada, citing lowered sales in the wake of widespread litigation over alleged links between the powder and ovarian cancer in women who used the product for years. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Alexandra Foote File Lawsuit Against Berkley North Pacific Group for Denial of Beast Business Insurance Claims

Restaurant Justice, Wrongful Insurance Denial Cases

Federal class action filed in Oregon on behalf of James Beard award-winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s celebrated Portland restaurant alleges breach of contract and unfair trade practices

May 12, 2020, Portland, Oregon–(BUSINESSWIRE)–Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Law Office of Alexandra Foote, and the Portland, Oregon firm Stoll Berne announce the filing of a nationwide federal class action breach of contract lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against Berkley North Pacific Group, Berkley Insurance Company, W.R. Berkley Corporation, and Continental Western Insurance Company. The action is filed on behalf of James Beard award-winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s celebrated restaurant Beast and all similarly-situated restaurants with business interruption insurance from the defendant insurers. The complaint alleges that after Pomeroy’s Beast restaurant suffered catastrophic financial losses in the wake of government-ordered shutdowns, the restaurant’s business interruption policy claims were wrongly denied coverage by Berkley North Pacific Group and the related insurers. [Read more…]

Judge Grants Class Certification in Allergan Antitrust Litigation

Judge Grants Class Certification in Allergan Antitrust Litigation

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a New York federal judge has granted class certification in an antitrust lawsuit wherein Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel represent a group of pharmaceutical purchasers, union benefit plans, and other buyers of Allergan’s blockbuster dry-eye disease drug Restasis. The sweeping litigation accuses the drugmaker of misconduct intended to illegally limit competition from generic drugs to the detriment of patients. [Read more…]

New Data Theft Class Action by Users of Venmo, Stripe, and Other Payment Platforms Against Plaid Alleges Violations of Data Privacy Laws

Plaid Financial Privacy Suit

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Lieff Cabraser has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in California alleging that financial tech start up Plaid Inc. stole Venmo and Stripe users’ personal banking data and sold that data to third party apps without the users’ consent in violation of federal and state privacy laws. Plaid, which recently agreed to be acquired by global payments behemoth Visa for $5.3 billion, provides third-party bank account authentication services for several well-known payment and investment apps, including Venmo, Coinbase, Square’s Cash App, and Stripe. [Read more…]