Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Katherine Benson Discusses Shareholder Derivative Actions at Institutional Investors 2020 Fall Conference

Kathrine Benson Discusses Shareholder Derivative Actions at Institutional Investors 2020 Fall Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Katherine Lubin Benson recently joined a virtual roundtable discussion on “Shareholder Derivative Actions as a Tool To Improve Corporate Governance” as a part of the Council of Institutional Investors 2020 Fall Conference: Corporate Governance in the Wake of Covid-19. [Read more…]

NCAA Continues to Claim it has No Legal Responsibility to Protect Student-Athletes from Sexual Abuse

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NCAA court filing with State Supreme Court echoes earlier argument made in U.S. District Court that the organization does not ‘owe’ student-athletes protection from sexual abuse and harassment

As reported in The Orange County Register, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) has filed a brief in support of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in a potentially groundbreaking State Supreme Court case, asking the court to rule that the USOPC does not have a legal responsibility to protect student-athletes from sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or inappropriate sexual contact from coaches. [Read more…]

SoCal Edison Utility Equipment May Be Source of Massive San Gabriel Mountains Bobcat Fire

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As one of the largest fires in Los Angeles County history reaches 38% containment, Federal investigators are examining evidence provided by SoCal Edison relating to a power transmission facility in the area where the Bobcat Fire started over two weeks ago. According to the utility, SCE equipment near the reported start of the fire, close to Cogswell Dam in the San Gabriel Mountains, experienced “an issue” five minutes earlier. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Senior Paralegal Florencia Cudos Named KIND 2020 Advocate of the Year

Non-profit advocacy group Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) has named Lieff Cabraser Senior Paralegal Florencia Cudos its 2020 “Advocate of the Year” for her volunteer work with undocumented, unaccompanied minors. KIND highlighted Florencia’s “exceptional contributions” and her “above and beyond advocacy for her clients.” Congratulations Florencia!

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Katherine Benson Selected as New Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Counsel

Katherine Benson Selected as New Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Counsel

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Katherine Lubin Benson has been selected as one of six new lawyer representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Counsel for the 2020-2023 term. The application process is extremely competitive, and selections are made via a voting system of all of the federal judges. [Read more…]

How Sexual Predator Dr. Robert Anderson Survived Firing Despite Early Allegations he Abused Male Students

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New testimony reveals Anderson was protected and retained, putting him in position to molest hundreds if not thousands of additional students and athletes over the next 24 years

As reported by The Detroit News, new documents and testimony have emerged from a recent deposition in the sexual abuse litigation against the University of Michigan and the late Dr. Robert Anderson that provide some answers as to how Anderson was able to survive firing despite credible allegations as early as 1979 that he had sexually assaulted numerous male students in exam rooms. [Read more…]

AbbVie Agrees to $24 Million Settlement with California Department of Insurance and Whistleblower Over Humira Marketing Fraud

AbbVie Medical Fraud Lawsuit Highlights Growing Nationwide Concern With Big Pharma Paying Doctors to Get New Customers

Lawsuit alleged AbbVie pharmaceutical company committed fraud in promotion of blockbuster prescription drug Humira

The California Department of Insurance has announced a settlement agreement with AbbVie Inc. to resolve a lawsuit alleging the pharmaceutical giant violated the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (Act) by providing kickbacks to healthcare providers throughout California relating to the sale of its blockbuster immunosuppressive drug Humira. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files RICO, Negligence, Nuisance Lawsuit Against JUUL & Altria on Behalf of Boulder Valley (Colorado) School District for Deceptive and Misleading Youth Targeting and Devastating Injuries from JUUL E-Cigarettes

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Lawsuit includes allegations that JUUL and Altria deliberately and expressly sought to develop and market the blockbuster sequel to combustible cigarettes, the “Most Successful Consumer Product of All Time”

September 15, 2020, Denver, Colorado—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser announces that it has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Colorado against JUUL and Altria on behalf of the Boulder Valley School District for violations of Colorado law and of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) as well as negligence and nuisance laws relating to the companies’ creation and youth-targeted marketing of a new nicotine delivery product to maximize profits through addiction. [Read more…]

LA Times: How Restaurants Are Struggling to Pay Rent During Coronavirus Pandemic

Robert J. Nelson and Naomi Pomeroy Discuss Business Interruption Insurance Claim Denial and Lawsuits on OpenTable’s ‘In it Together’ Webinar Series

The impact of the Coronavirus on the restaurant industry has been massive. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, restaurant owners have been forced to cut costs and cut staff. Even after receiving government-issued Paycheck Protection Program money, many still cannot afford to pay their rent or payroll. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Robert Nelson Named “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for 2020

Elizabeth Cabraser and Robert Nelson Named “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for 2020

The Daily Journal (subscription) has named Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Robert J. Nelson to its annual list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. After reviewing hundreds of nominations, The Daily Journal honors a chosen 100 of California’s leading lawyers who are involved in “the most cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions, and who have had the greatest impact in and beyond the legal industry.” [Read more…]

11th Circuit Upholds $2 Million Plaintiff’s Injury Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

Federal Judge Orders Phillip Morris to Pay Delayed $20M Tobacco Verdict

As reported by Law360 (subscription required), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $2.12M verdict against the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds in favor of a smoker’s widow. The three judge panel also said she was entitled to a new trial on punitive damages in her Engle progeny case, that is, a trial that would only concern the amount of damages to be assessed, with the underlying judgment of RJ Reynolds’ guilt and responsibility carrying through from the previous trial. The decision is being viewed as a significant victory for the plaintiff. [Read more…]

Final Approval Granted to Settlement of Nationwide Mercedes-Benz Vehicle 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 HVAC system mold and mildew defects

Lieff Cabraser and Corpus Law Patel announce U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has granted final approval to a nationwide settlement between vehicle owners/lessees and Mercedes-Benz to end the class 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…]

Univ. of Michigan Vice President Overrode Decision to Fire Sexual Predator Dr. Robert Anderson Despite Abuse Allegations

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As reported by The Detroit News, new testimony in the sexual abuse litigation against the University of Michigan and the late Dr. Robert Anderson has revealed that a longtime UofM vice president overturned a 1979 decision to fire Anderson, university doctor and athletics program physician, over allegations he sexually assaulted hundreds of students. The decision allowed Anderson to remain employed at the university overseeing the care of athletes and other students for another 24 years. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Graco Child Car Seat Fraudulent Marketing & Injuries Litigation

Mark Chalos Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Graco Child Car Seat Fraudulent Marketing & Injuries Litigation

On September 9, 2020, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May of the Northern District of Georgia issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser Nashville Managing Partner Mark P. Chalos to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the multidistrict litigation centered in Georgia against Graco accusing the company of improper, fraudulent, and dangerous marketing of child car booster seats. [Read more…]

Vaping Seen to Dramatically Increase Chances of Contracting Covid-19, Intensification of Coronavirus Illness

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Emerging data on coronavirus indicate radically heightened risks, particularly for young vapers and smokers

The New York Times reports that experts are warning the corona virus and its attendant respiratory disease are more easily contracted by and can cause elevated damage to the already-scarred lungs of smokers and vapers. Several new studies have found that smoking can double a person’s risk of severe covid-19 symptoms, and researchers are now reporting that young adults who vape are five times more likely to contract the coronavirus. There are also heightened concerns about other vape liquid additives such as Vitamin E acetate, which can further expose the lungs of vapers to toxins and foreign contaminants. This exposure weakens the body’s ability to fight diseases as airways become clogged and the flow of oxygen to the blood is impeded. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Win Summary Judgment in Favor of Public School Students in Department of Education CARES Act Fund Misallocation Lawsuit

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On September 4, 2020, United States District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich issued an Order granting summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed on behalf of public school students from California, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia challenging an unlawful restriction imposed by US Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos on over $16 billion in funds that Congress allocated to schools under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) Act. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Score Win on Failed Statute of Limitations Defense in NCAA/Rembao Student Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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Judge’s order preserves NCAA portion of the case, moving it to Indiana federal court; also upholds plaintiffs’ false imprisonment claims as adequately pled for litigation

September 3, 2020, San Francisco—(BUSINESSWIRE) —In March 2020, 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. Filed on behalf of the students by the law firms Fegan Scott and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 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. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief to Help Economically Disadvantaged Public School Students Receive CARES Act Funding

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On August 28, 2020, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of public school students from California, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia challenging an unlawful restriction imposed by US Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos on over $16 billion in funds that Congress allocated to schools under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) Act. [Read more…]

Class Action Against University of Michigan Seeks Justice for Survivors of Dr. Robert E. Anderson, to Create Lasting Change at U of M

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Amended complaint includes additional survivor seeking to represent interests of other victims; references new deposition testimony of a former UM employee Easthope

September 1, 2020, Detroit, MI—(BUSINESSWIRE)—A new victim of Dr. Robert E. Anderson has come forward in an amended class action complaint against the University of Michigan, seeking to serve as a representative for the thousands of other students who were put in harm’s way by the school physician from 1968 to 2003. The amended complaint was filed by Lieff Cabraser, The Miller Law Firm, and Sauder Schelkopf, who were previously appointed as interim class counsel by Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, who is overseeing the litigation. [Read more…]

Michael Sobol Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation by Best Lawyers for Northern California

Michael Sobol Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation by Best Lawyers for Northern California

Only one lawyer gets “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for each specialty and location

Best Lawyers has published its new lawyer and law firm ratings for 2021, and we are proud to highlight Lieff Cabraser Michael W. Sobol’s selection as “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation for Northern California. [Read more…]