Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Mark Chalos Talks to Trial Magazine About the Critical Importance of Juries

Mark Chalos Quoted in AAJ Trial Magazine Article Highlighting the Importance of Juries

An article in the January 2019 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine uses a recent injury case to highlight the importance of jurors to our civil justice system. In the case, the question of whether to let a jury decide a pivotal matter arose on the issue of defendants’ summary judgment motion to have the case dismissed entirely. [Read more…]

Florida Smoker Finally Wins $27 Million Judgment Against Philip Morris

FL Smoker Receives $27M Judgment in Berger Tobacco Suit

In 2014, Lieff Cabraser won a trial verdict against Philip Morris on behalf of injured smoker Judith Berger, who started using cigarettes at age 14. The jury awarded compensation in the amount of $6.25 million, then added an additional $20,760,000.14 in punitive damages against the cigarette maker. Thereafter, the trial judge substantially undercut the claims at the defendants’ urging, reducing the compensatory award to $3.75 million and eliminating the punitive damages award. Philip Morris further appealed the reduced damages award, claiming falsely that plaintiffs’ counsel had characterized the tobacco industry as “pedophiles” to the jury. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Featured in WSB-TV Atlanta Report on Mercedes-Benz Mold Lawsuits

Annika K. Martin Featured in WSB-TV Atlanta News Report on Georgia Mercedes-Benz Mold Lawsuits

In May of 2017, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the Mercedes-Benz Vehicle AC Mold class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers in federal court in Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA over complaints that various Mercedes vehicles, dating as far back as the 1999 model year through to the present, have a serious design defect that causes the air conditioning system to accumulate mold and mildew, spewing extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles any time the air system is in use. [Read more…]

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Class Action Practice Group of the Year

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Class Action Practice Group of the Year

Law360 has announced the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, selecting Lieff Cabraser for Practice Group of the Year in the category of Class Action Law. This distinguished recognition honors “law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry.” This is the fourth time in four years our firm has received the Practice Group of the Year designation. [Read more…]

$307.5M Class Settlement with Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Will Compensate Owners and Lessees, Provide Repairs that Protect Environment while Maintaining Performance and Fuel Economy

Government-approved emissions modifications, substantial cash payments to become available upon settlement approval for approximately 100,000 eligible vehicles; extended warranties to protect long-term reliability and performance

San Francisco, CA—A class action settlement agreement filed today by the consumer plaintiffs in the Fiat Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep (FCA) “EcoDiesel” Litigation will, if approved, provide eligible owners and lessees with substantial cash payments in addition to government-approved emissions modifications and extended warranties. The proposed settlement totaling $307.5 million ($280 million from FCA and $27.5 million from Bosch) was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation overseen by Judge Edward M. Chen. [Read more…]

Kelly M. Dermody Elected to Membership in the American Law Institute

KMD Elected to Membership in ALI

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group, has been elected as a member of the American Law Institute. The Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. [Read more…]

Media Groups Challenge 9th Circuit Ruling in Nike Copyright Infringement Suit

Nike copyright blog

As reported by Law360, the American Society of Media Photographers and the National Press Photographers Association have joined forces to file a 25-page amicus brief in support of photographer Jacobus Rentmeester, who Lieff Cabraser represents in a suit claiming that Nike Inc. violated copyright law by improperly using his famous 1984 image of Michael Jordan for its “Jumpman” logo. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit Against Southern California Edison for Losses and Damages Arising from the 2018 Woolsey Fire

California Wildfire

Los Angeles—(BUSINESSWIRE)—On December 20, 2018, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court on behalf of Los Angeles residents Lisa Brown, Mirjam Kostichek, Malibu resident Anthony Stearns d/b/a Radfish Malibu against Southern California Edison Company and Edison International (“Edison”) for negligence, trespass, inverse condemnation and the violation of the California Public Utilities and Health and Safety codes in relation to the 2018 Woolsey Fire that ravaged over 96,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in November of 2018. The fire, one of the largest and most destructive in Los Angeles history, tore through Malibu as well as parts of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of West Hills and is alleged to have been started by equipment owned and controlled by SoCal Edison near its Chatsworth substation. [Read more…]

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of San Francisco City and County Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

San Francisco Opioid Lawsuit Filed

The City Attorney of San Francisco, Dennis Herrera, in conjunction with Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel, has filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco against the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors responsible for the manufacturing, transmission, and sale of dangerous, highly addictive and often lethal prescription opioids such as Oxycontin and fentanyl in San Francisco. The lawsuit alleges these companies orchestrated a widespread fraud in which they made billions by deceptively marketing these drugs to the people of San Francisco while representing the drugs as safe and effective, creating thousands upon thousands of addicts. [Read more…]