Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2020

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Daily Journal (subscription) has named Lieff Cabraser partners Kelly M. Dermody and Anne B. Shaver as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2020. This is Anne’s third time receiving the award, while Kelly joins the list for the eighth time since 2011. [Read more…]

Voting Rights Advocates Challenge Unsafe and Unequal Elections in Texas during a Pandemic 

Voting Rights

Complaint Filed on behalf of Mi Familia Vota, the Texas NAACP, and individual Texas voters seeks to ensure that Texas in-person voters will be able to cast their votes safely.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 15, 2020) – Today, Mi Familia Vota, the Texas NAACP, and individual Texas voters filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas challenging Texas’s in-person election practices, which are unsafe, high risk, and unequal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Free Speech For People, the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, and the law firm of Lyons & Lyons represent the plaintiffs in this case. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Re-Elected to Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association for 2020-2021

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Re-Elected to Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association for 2020-2021

We are pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Kenneth S. Byrd have been re-elected to continue in leadership roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for the 2020-2021 year. Mark will repeat his position as TTLA Vice President, after earlier serving as Treasurer and Secretary, and Kenny was re-elected to the TTLA Board of Governors. [Read more…]

Bridge Magazine: “University of Michigan is poorly serving sexual abuse survivors”

University of Michigan

Bridge Magazine has published a powerful opinion piece, written by California Western School of Law Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo, examining the private claims resolution program the University of Michigan has established for survivors of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, a former UM physician accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of former students. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Upholds Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s Robocall Ban

robocalls tcpa

Abusive and harassing robocalls and texts remain against the law, and consumers continue to have remedies available when they receive such unwanted communications

As reported by Law360, on July 6, 2020, The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s sweeping ban on unsolicited and harassing autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls and text messages made to consumers without their consent. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Seek Release of DirecTV Customer Contact Info Sealed in Earlier Improper Texting Lawsuit

texting

Thousands of known DirecTV customers who received illegal texts will lose their right to arbitrate their privacy claims

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel have requested the district court for permission to contact nearly 9,100 known DIRECTV customers who were plaintiffs’ in a 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action lawsuit against the satellite TV giant to notify them that in the wake of the class action suit, they may now bring individual privacy violation claims against DIRECTV under the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). [Read more…]

2015, 2017, 2018 Northern California Fire Victims Trust Now Fully Funded – July 1st, 2020

Northern California Wine Country Fires

The PG&E Fire Victim Trust announced today that it has been funded effective today. The Trust received the Fire Victim Trust settlement proceeds from PG&E which includes 476,995,175 shares of PG&E Common Stock and the first installment of cash funding of $5.385 billion ($5.4 billion reduced by previous court-ordered advances of $15 million) in accordance with PG&E’s Plan of Reorganization. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Nationwide Class Action Breach of Contract Lawsuit on Behalf of Six Prominent Nashville Restaurants Against Erie Insurance Exchange Over Refusal to Pay Business Insurance Claims

Nashville

July 1, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee—Lieff Cabraser, The Higgins Firm, and the Law Office of Alexandra Foote have filed a federal nationwide class action lawsuit against Erie Insurance Exchange on behalf of six Nashville-area restaurants and bars accusing the insurance carrier of breach of contract in its failure to pay valid business interruption insurance claims. This is the first such federal class action filed in Nashville. [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey Named “Top 2020 Antitrust Lawyers in California”

Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey Named “Top 2020 Antitrust Lawyers in California”

The Daily Journal (subscription) has named its Top Antitrust Lawyers in California, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Brendan P. Glackin and Dean M. Harvey. Brendan and Dean are featured in the Daily Journal’s “2020 Top Antitrust Lawyers in California” special edition, which discusses their past successes and ongoing case work in individual profiles. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Univ. President Mark Schlissel To Attend Next Court Conference in U of M / Dr. Robert Anderson Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

University of Michigan

Article features commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

As reported by The Detroit News, on June 24, 2020, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan ordered University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel to appear at the next virtual status conference regarding multiple lawsuits against the university relating to the conduct of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, a former UM doctor and athletics program physician accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of former student-patients. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File First Class Action Covid-19 Injury Lawsuit Against Holland America Line and Carnival Corporation

cruise ship

First class action brought on behalf of MS Zaandam cruise ship passengers is latest in a series of similar negligence and breach of contract lawsuits filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel relating to Coronavirus-related infection and deaths

The law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC and Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC have filed a federal class action injury lawsuit against Holland America and Carnival Corporation on behalf of cruise ship passengers who traveled on the MS Zaandam in March 2020 and were negligently exposed to Covid-19. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Discusses Competition in Employment Practices at ABA Antitrust Law Section Teleconference

Dean Harvey Discusses Competition in Employment Practices at ABA Antitrust Law Section Teleconference

On May 22, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey discussed competition and antitrust in employment practices at the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s “Tech-Savvy and Talented: Competition in Employment Practices,” teleconference. [Read more…]

Missouri Judge Upholds $2 Billion In Damages Against Johnson & Johnson in Talc Class Action Lawsuit

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As reported by The New York Times, an appellate court in Missouri has upheld over $2 billion in damages against health-products giant Johnson & Johnson, finding that the company was aware of asbestos contamination in its talc for at least 50 years but did not warn consumers. The judge did reduce the verdict from $4.7 billion to $2.1 billion, but refused to eliminate the punitive damages after the evidence at trial showed that Johnson & Johnson’s conduct was “outrageous because of evil motive or reckless indifference.” [Read more…]

Judge To Ban University of Michigan From Contacting Potential Victims in U of M / Dr. Robert Anderson Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

University of Michigan / Dr. Robert Anderson

As reported by The Detroit News, on June 23, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan said she will issue an order barring the University of Michigan from contacting any more potential victims of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, a former UM doctor and athletics program physician accused of sexual assault by hundreds of former student-patients. [Read more…]

Northern California Wildfire Lawsuits Update: Bankruptcy Court Approves PG&E Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan

California Wildfires

A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s $59 billion reorganization plan, resolving a turbulent bankruptcy that started when the nation’s largest utility sparked a series of wildfires that killed more than 100 people, leveled entire California communities, and led it to plead guilty to over 80 separate counts of involuntary manslaughter. As reported by Reuters, the federal bankruptcy court granted final approval to a proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan for PG&E that will cover damages related to its negligence in the deadly 2018 Northern California Camp Fire. [Read more…]

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge: LCHB’s Work Spreading Across the Legal Community

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. - James Baldwin

In February of 2020, Lieff Cabraser’s Employment Practice Group embarked on the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge founded by diversity expert, Eddie Moore, Jr.  This project invites participants to develop their own syllabus of 21 short assignments (essays, podcasts, videos, etc.) to enhance their depth of understanding around the intersections of power, privilege, supremacy, equity, and race. Lieff Cabraser’s team developed and curated their syllabus to focus on the experiences of Black Americans, with the understanding that any 21-day project would necessarily only touch the surface of community experiences and opinions, and also would not be a substitute for learning about the separate histories, joys, and challenges of other communities of color. After completing the project, the Group was excited to share the syllabus firm-wide as an optional tool for all of Lieff Cabraser to expand awareness, compassion, and active engagement in the quest for racial equity. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos to Discuss “COVID19 Litigation – Protecting Our Communities & Holding Wrongdoers Accountable” at Annual TTLA Convention

Mark Chalos to Discuss “COVID19 Litigation – Protecting Our Communities & Holding Wrongdoers Accountable” at Annual TTLA Convention

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will be speaking at the upcoming Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) 2020 Annual Convention, “May the Force be With You,” taking place online from June 17-19, 2020. Mark will discuss “COVID19 Litigation – Protecting Our Communities & Holding Wrongdoers Accountable” from 1:00-1:30pm on Thursday, June 18th. [Read more…]