Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Lieff Cabraser Summer Associates Team up With SF Bar Justice and Diversity Center to Provide Free Legal Help in the Community

Lieff Cabraser Summer Associates Team up With SF Bar Justice and Diversity Center to Provide Free Legal Help in the Community

Every year Lieff Cabraser lawyers participate in a summer associate pro bono project organized through the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center. This year, under the supervision of Lieff Cabraser attorneys Phong Nguyen and Michael Levin-Gesundheit, Lieff Cabraser summer associates Hope Brinn and Nick Lee developed the factual and legal record to help a local man secure the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits that he deserved and had previously been denied. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty at American Association for Justice Class Action December Seminar

Lieff Cabraser’s Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty at American Association for Justice Class Action December Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin will speak as Featured Faculty at the American Association for Justice’s “Class Action” seminar taking place on December 5th, 2019 at The Westin New York at Times Square in New York City. Mark Chalos will lead the program as one of the two Course Advisors for the event, and all three will present on latest issues in Class Action law, including a discussion of the groundbreaking proposed opioids litigation negotiation class, class action trials, damages and class damages models, current toxic tort cases, and new class actions on the horizon. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Receives AJC 2019 Judge Learned Hand Award

Kelly Dermody Receives AJC 2019 Judge Learned Hand Award

Photo: Kelly Dermody (right) with keynote speaker California Congresswoman Katie Porter

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody received the 2019 American Jewish Committee Judge Learned Hand Award at a ceremony held in San Francisco on November 6, 2019. The Judge Learned Hand Award is the highest honor the organization presents to individuals in the legal profession. [Read more…]

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Ann B. Shaver, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

The Register reports that over 8,000 female Microsoft employees have appealed a judge’s decision to deny class certification in a gender lawsuit against the tech giant in which female employees and ex-employees allege pay discrimination and claim that top management at Microsoft knew there was a problem but failed to fix it. [Read more…]

New Tech Designed to Monitor Worker Safety May be Violating Privacy Laws

New Tech Designed to Monitor Worker Safety May be Violating Privacy Laws

Gizmodo reports that major manufacturing and shipping companies across the U.S. are asking their manual laborers to wear a new kind of motion sensor they claim is designed to insure worker safety. These devices can provide feedback to alert workers to potentially hazardous bends and twists. However, critics of the devices feel that they may be too intrusive, providing employers with the ability to inspect workers’ every move, and “opening an obvious path to intensive micro-surveillance of their productivity.” [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Releases Detailed Report on Negative Impacts of Forced Arbitration

American Association for Justice Releases Detailed Report on Negative Impacts of Forced Arbitration

An article published in the November 2019 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine highlights a new research report examining the devastating impact forced arbitration has had on the rights of American workers and consumers. The report looks at how forced arbitration suppresses claims against corporations specifically when corporations harm workers and consumers by cheating, stealing, or even breaking the law. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Honored as 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer

Mark Chalos Honored as 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos has been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2019. In its annual report on Mid-South Region attorneys, Super Lawyers highlights those who “who exhibit excellence in practice.” Between three Rising Star accolades and nine Super Lawyer nods, this is Mark’s 12th time on the lists. [Read more…]

U.S. News & Best Lawyers Honors Lieff Cabraser in 2020 Edition of ‘Best Law Firms’

U.S. News & Best Lawyers Honors Lieff Cabraser in 2020 Edition of ‘Best Law Firms’

U.S. News & Best Lawyers has announced its “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2020. The listings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that “includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms.” [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Comments at FTC Workshop on Proposed Suggestions for Improving Claims Rates in Consumer Class Actions

Elizabeth Cabraser Comments at FTC Workshop on Proposed Suggestions for Improving Claims Rates in Consumer Class Actions

As reported by Bloomberg Law, speakers at a recently held Federal Trade Commission workshop on improving claims rates in consumer class actions agreed that creating a government-run website to publicize and legitimize class settlements could increase the amount of money that class members actually receive. [Read more…]

Claims Deadline Extended to December 20, 2019 for 2017-2018 Northern California Wildfires

Northern California Wine Country Fires

Easy Proof of Claim process must now be completed by Friday December 20, 2019

If you suffered losses as a result of the Northern California wildfires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you now have until 5 PM on Friday, December 20th, 2019 to file a Proof of Claim. The form is simple, and takes ten minutes to fill out. No lawyer is required — though Lieff Cabraser is open to representing as clients those with substantial, complex claims who would benefit from a lawyer and who have not yet filed their Proof of Claim. [Read more…]

The Chemours Company Investors: December 9, 2019 Filing Deadline in CC Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

The Chemours Company Investors: December 9, 2019 Filing Deadline in CC Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (October 25, 2019) – The law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces announces that securities fraud class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of The Chemours Company (“Chemours” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CC) between February 16, 2017 and August 1, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). [Read more…]

VW Audi Bentley Porsche Fuel Economy Lawsuit Settlement Program is Now Underway – Submit Your Claims Now

Fuel Economy

Online portal for fuel economy settlement claims processing is up and active for owner and lessee claims

The claims portal at vwmpgsettlement.com is now open for all current and former owners/lessees of affected gasoline-engine vehicles in the Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen fuel economy class action settlement. As a result of the settlement reached in the litigation, potential compensation totaling $96.5 million is available to the class members to resolve claims that the affected vehicles were equipped with software that, as calibrated, caused the vehicles to emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) and obtain up to 1 MPG less fuel economy than was originally represented. Class members may submit their claims for payment online through the settlement website.
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Annika K. Martin to Appear as Featured Faculty at American Association for Justice Discovery Masters Class Seminar

Annika K. Martin to Appear as Featured Faulty at American Association for Justice Discovery Masters Class Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will speak as Featured Faculty at the American Association for Justice’s “Discovery Masters Class: Overcoming Obstructive Discovery” seminar taking place from November 21-22, 2019 at the AAJ Headquarters in Washington, DC. [Read more…]

Three Lieff Cabraser Partners To Lead Discussions at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Three Lieff Cabraser Partners To Lead Discussions at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

The Fall 2019 “Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference” is being held this week from October 22-24 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos, Wendy R. Fleishman, and Sarah R. London will be participating in discussion panels at the conference. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Discusses Class Action Audiences and Reach at 23rd American Bar Association Class Action Conference in Nashville

Mark Chalos Discusses Class Action Audiences and Reach at 23rd ABA Class Action Conference in Nashville

On October 18th, 2019, Lieff Cabraser’s Mark P. Chalos, Managing Partner of the firm’s Nashville office, participated in a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s 23rd Annual National Institute on Class Actions in Nashville entitled, “How Big is Your Audience? Crescendos and Diminuendos in the Class-Action World.” The extremely-well-received discussion was one of the highlights of the conference, and was delivered to a full-house of top lawyers and legal experts. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser to Serve as Featured Faculty in Class Action Symposium at Lewis and Clark Law School

Elizabeth Cabraser to Serve as Featured Faculty in Class Action Symposium at Lewis and Clark Law School

Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser will serve as Featured Faculty at an academic symposium for attorneys, law professors and students, judges, law clerks, and public officials, entitled “Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: The Next 50 Years” taking place Nov. 1-2, 2019 at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon. Ms. Cabraser will discuss “Class Action Objectors/2018 Rule 23 Amendments” on the symposium’s first day at 3:15 p.m. [Read more…]

Law.com Highlights Sarah London Among Lawyers Seeking to Lead Juul Lawsuits

Law.com Highlights Sarah London Among Lawyers Seeking to Lead Juul Lawsuits

Law.com highlights individual lawyers seeking leadership roles in Juul MDL

As reported by Law.com (subscription), a diverse set of nearly 50 lawyers have submitted proposals to lead the national multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. One of the proposed leadership teams includes Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London, and if approved would be one of the most diverse in multidistrict litigation history. The team includes ten women and three minority lawyers. The group may also add two additional women. [Read more…]

NorCal WILDFIRE CLAIMS ALERT: October 21st Deadline Fast Approaching for 2017 and 2018 Northern California Wildfire Victims to File Claims Against PG&E

NorCal WILDFIRE CLAIMS ALERT: October 21st Deadline Fast Approaching for 2017 and 2018 Northern California Wildfire Victims to File Claims Against PG&E

Only three days remain before the October 21st claim filing deadline for victims of wildfires caused by PG&E power lines in 2017 and 2018.  As reported by the Napa Valley Register, a grassroots group of Northern California fire victims held a press conference on the two-year anniversary of the first of the North Bay fires to bring awareness to fellow fire victims about the Monday, October 21st deadline to file claims against PG&E, as more than half of fire victims have yet to file claims and are thus at risk of losing any compensation from the utility. [Read more…]