Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Final Approval Granted to $54.5m Duke/UNC “No Poach” Antitrust Case Settlement

$54.5 Million Settlement in Duke/UNC "No Poach" Employee Anticompetition Lawsuit

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles granted final approval to the proposed settlement of the Duke/UNC “No Poach” case valued at $54.5 million.

The settlement includes an unprecedented role for the United States Department of Justice to monitor and enforce extensive injunctive relief. Assistant Attorney General Delrahim remarked: “Permitting the United States to become part of this settlement agreement in this private antitrust case, and thereby to obtain all of the relief and protections it likely would have sought after a lengthy investigation, demonstrates the benefits that can be obtained efficiently for the American worker when public and private enforcement work in tandem.” Please visit dukeuncemployeesettlement.com for more information. [Read more…]

Wendy Fleishman Named Co-Lead Counsel in Riddell Sports Section of NFL Concussion Litigation

Football Concussions Litigation

Judge rules claims against Riddell Sports in National Football League Concussions Case can move forward

On September 27, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody named Lieff Cabraser and the Brad Sohn Law Firm as Lead Counsel for claims against helmet maker Riddell Sports Group Inc. The claims are part of the large nationwide multidistrict litigation continuing against the NFL over claims the football league should be held liable for the widespread and pervasive concussion-related injuries affecting multiple generations of professional football players. Judge Brody named Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman to represent former players with claims against Riddell. [Read more…]

12 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

12 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its annual report on New York Metro attorneys, highlighting the “best of the best” who “demonstrate the highest degree of professional achievement and peer recognition.” Twelve Lieff Cabraser attorneys have been selected as New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars this year. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named Class Counsel in Now-Certified Lovenox Antitrust Class Action Against Momenta & Sandoz

Lieff Cabraser Named to Leadership Position in Generic Drug Antitrust Litigation

Case alleges Momenta and Sandoz conspired to monopolize the production and distribution of enoxaparin, a generic version of the blood clot drug Lovenox

As reported by Law360, Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has certified a class of thousands of buyers of generic Lovenox (enoxaparin) who brought a federal antitrust case against Momenta Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz Inc. accusing the pharma companies 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…]

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

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

On September 13, 2019, U.S. District Judge James G. Carr ordered tobacco giant Philip Morris USA Inc., to finally pay up on a $20 million verdict won against it by now-deceased former smoker, Judith Berger, saying that the company’s arguments for a new trial “served no other purpose than to delay payment of the judgment” it had been ordered to pay. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Speak at Antitrust Division of Justice Department’s Public Workshop on Competition in Labor Markets

Dean Harvey to Speak at Antitrust Division of Justice Department’s Public Workshop on Competition in Labor Markets

On Monday, September 23, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will participate in a panel discussion at the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department’s public workshop on “Competition in Labor Markets” at the DOJ Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The event will feature a number of well-known antitrust and competition lawyers, experts, and scholars. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos to Speak at American Bar Association Conference on Class Actions

Mark Chalos to Speak at ABA Conference on Class Actions

On October 18th, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will participate in a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s 23rd Annual National Institute on Class Actions in Nashville. The discussion is entitled: “How Big is Your Audience? Crescendos and Diminuendos in the Class-Action World.” [Read more…]

Eleven Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Lawdragon “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers”

Eleven Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Lawdragon “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers”

Lawdragon legal magazine has published its first annual listing of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers,” a listing that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth CabraserLin ChanEric FastiffBrendan GlackinDean HarveyLexi HazamRichard Heimann, Sharon Lee, Annika K. Martin, David Rudolph, and Daniel Seltz. [Read more…]

Juul and Other ‘Daredevil’ Startups Break Rules and Play With Fire

Juul and Other ‘Daredevil’ Startups Break Rules and Play With Fire

New article in Medium highlights Juul Stroke Injury lawsuit and includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London

A new piece published in Marker, Medium’s business publication takes aim at ‘lawless’ startups, so-called “Daredevil Unicorns” worth a billion dollars or more, such as Uber, Airbnb, and Juul, who stand out for their unabashed readiness to break rules that almost everyone else observes and an “utter disregard for the societal rubble they leave behind.” [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Comments on National Effort to Collect Company Pay Data

Kelly Dermody Comments on National Effort to Collect Company Pay Data

As reported in Bloomberg Law, the U.S. government is now collecting detailed race and gender pay data from thousands of companies in an effort to eliminate wage discrimination in the workplace. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser to Receive Consumer Law’s Top Award

Elizabeth Cabraser to Receive Consumer Law’s Top Award

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser was selected to receive the 2019 Vern Countryman Award, consumer law’s most prestigious award. One of the nation’s most accomplished plaintiffs’ attorneys, Cabraser is a co-founder and partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, one of the country’s largest law firms serving clients seeking redress for financial and consumer fraud, anti-competitive practices, harmful drugs and products, and illegal employment practices. [Read more…]

VIDEO: Lieff Cabraser’s House Band The R-23s – Full Performance at 2019 “Law Rocks” Benefit

VIDEO: Lieff Cabraser’s House Band The R-23s – Full Performance at 2019 “Law Rocks” Benefit

On Thursday, June 20th, 2019, Lieff Cabraser’s house band The R-23s delivered an epic set at the Family Violence Appellate Project’s 2019 Battle of the Bands. Ultimately taking home first place in the battle and receiving the coveted “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” award, the R-23’s were able to raise nearly $23,000 toward the event’s total contribution of $186,687 to help California survivors of domestic violence! [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL ‘Negotiation Class’

Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class'

As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has approved the innovative and unprecedented approach of creating a negotiation class of government authorities empowered to negotiate a global settlement with drug manufacturers accused of fueling the destructive opioid addiction crisis that has swept the nation. The “negotiation class” concept was originally [Read more…]

Lawmakers Advance FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Lawmakers Pass FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to send the FAIR Act (a bill to end forced arbitration) to the House floor for a vote. The vote on the bill is expected to take place as early as next week. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on “Expert Handling of Expert Witnesses” at October 2019 TTLA Strategies Forum

Mark Chalos on “Expert Handling of Expert Witnesses” at October 2019 TTLA Strategies Forum

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will be speaking at the upcoming Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) 2019 Strategies Forum, “Filling Your Tackle Box: Strategies from Pre-Suit to Pre-Trial,” on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. Mark will be discussing “Expert Handling of Expert Witnesses” from 3:15-4:15pm. [Read more…]

American Lawyer Publishes Lifetime Achievement Award Profile on Elizabeth Cabraser

American Lawyer Publishes Lifetime Achievement Award Profile on Elizabeth Cabraser

We are delighted to announce that Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been selected to receive The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement award. Elizabeth is among seven recipients to be honored this year at the publication’s Industry Awards in December, where they will each speak about their extraordinary careers. [Read more…]

FDA Issues Official Warning to JUUL Labs Over Illegal Marketing Practices

FDA Issues Official Warning to JUUL Labs Over Illegal Marketing Practices

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration transmitted an official warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc. alleging violations of federal regulations by JUUL for marketing its e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes without approval from the FDA. The letter expressed serious governmental concerns and requested additional specific information from JUUL about its advertising targeted at youths and students in school. [Read more…]