Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Consecutive Lieff Cabraser Victories in Florida Tobacco Trials

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In the last two months, two separate juries in federal court in Florida have awarded plaintiffs represented by Lieff Cabraser a total of $68 million in compensatory and punitive damages against major tobacco companies. The lawsuits charged that the tobacco companies engaged in a 50-year conspiracy to mislead the public about the hazards of smoking.

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Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Settlement Summarized

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Settlement Summarized

On November 3, 2014, a settlement was announced in the litigation against Stryker Corporation for the recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants. Under the settlement, Stryker will provide a base payment of $300,000 to patients that received the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems and underwent revision surgery by November 3, 2014, to remove and replace the devices.

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Plaintiffs’ Counsel Comments on Verdict in Whirlpool Defective Front-Load Washers Trial

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel, announced that a jury in federal court in Ohio today returned a verdict in favor of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR). The class action was brought on behalf of Ohio residents who purchased certain models of front-loading Whirlpool Duet washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2008 that had a propensity to develop mold and odors. [Read more…]

Appellate Court Upholds $203 Million Judgment Against Wells Fargo

Bank Misled Customers to Generate Massive Overdraft Fees on Debit Card Purchases

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Michael W. Sobol of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit today upheld the order of U.S. District Judge William Alsup reinstating a $203 million judgment against Wells Fargo Bank. [Read more…]

Air Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and Passengers

Air Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and PassengersAutomakers are recalling millions of vehicles due to allegedly defective air bags which shoot out metal shards when they activate, severely injuring drivers and passengers. The alleged faulty air bags are manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., whose stock shares The New York Times reports have dropped 23 percent in the Tokyo exchange as a result of this widespread air bag issue. [Read more…]

Jurors Hold Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Accountable for Engaging in 50-Year Conspiracy

Damages Totaling $41.1 Million Returned In Florida Federal Court

Attorney Kenneth Byrd of the Nashville office of national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida today returned a verdict of $41.1 million against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for conspiring for decades to conceal the hazards of smoking and the addictive nature of cigarettes. The jury award consists of $15.8 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages in the amounts of $15.7 million against Philip Morris and $9.6 million against RJ Reynolds. [Read more…]

Jurors Hold Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Accountable for Engaging in 50-Year Conspiracy Damages Totaling $41.1 Million Returned in Florida Federal Court

Attorney Kenneth Byrd of the Nashville office of national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a jury in federal court in Florida today returned a verdict of $41.1 million against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for conspiring for decades to conceal the hazards of smoking and the addictive nature of cigarettes. The jury award consists of $15.8 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages in the amounts of $15.7 million against Philip Morris and $9.6 million against RJ Reynolds. [Read more…]

Public Justice and AAJ Contest Dismissal of Big-Pharma Fraud Case

Public Justice and AAJ Contest Dismissal of Big-Pharma Fraud Case

Public Justice (represented by Lieff Cabraser) and the American Association for Justice today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the reinstatement of civil RICO claims that Sanofi-Aventis profited from a scheme to market and sell its antibiotic Ketek by falsely representing the drug’s safety — and concealing its risk of severe liver damage — from the FDA, doctors, and purchasers.

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$175 Million Verdict Based On Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails

$175 Million Verdict Based On Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails

On October 19, 2014, a federal jury in Texas found that Trinity Industries defrauded the U.S. government of $175 million by not reporting its new highway guardrail design changes to the Federal Highway Administration as required by law. As noted by the New York Times, the Texas jury awarded $525 million (the $175 million tripled under federal law) to the United States Treasury, making the verdict the third largest jury award in the U.S. this year.

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Why California Proposition 46 Is Important To You And Your Family

Why California Proposition 46 is Important to You and Your Family

At Lieff Cabraser, we believe a person injured through the fault of another should be entitled to go to court and hold accountable those responsible for their injuries. We recognize that a court case cannot bring back a lost loved one or restore full health to a person permanently injured. However, a court judgment or a case settlement can provide vitally important monetary compensation as well as a sense of justice.

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America’s Elite Trial Lawyers Highlights Lieff Cabraser

America's Elite Trial Lawyers Highlights Lieff Cabraser

The National Law Journal and Law.com have published their inaugural list of “America’s Elite Trial Lawyers,” an award for plaintiffs’ law firms “that are doing the most creative and substantial work on the plaintiffs side,” and included Lieff Cabraser in their list. The publication “vetted more than 100 firms, poring over nominations and reporting on performance,” and “recognized the work of the firms as a whole, understanding that successful trial work is usually the result of a team effort.”

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Why California Proposition 46 Will Save Patient Lives and Cut Health Care Costs

Why California Proposition 46 Will Save Patient Lives

The number of persons killed by preventable medical errors each year in the U.S. is shockingly high. Fifteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report on patient safety called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The report estimated that 98,000 patients died each year as a result of medical errors.

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“Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar,” Elizabeth Cabraser Profiled By Law360

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In an in-depth profile, Law360 traces Elizabeth Cabraser’s journey from a law student in the mid-1970’s to a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” and name partner at one of the “leading plaintiffs” law firms in the nation today. Cabraser’s career began with a modest handwritten index card offering her legal research skills on a law library bulletin board spotted by Robert Lieff.

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Pelvic Mesh Trial News

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Thousands of injured women nationwide have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts against manufacturers of surgical pelvic mesh implants, claiming that the design of the product was defective and led to serious side effects and permanent injuries. These serious health complications include vaginal mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, contraction or shrinking of the mesh, infection, bleeding, neuro-muscular problems, onset or resurgence of urinary problems, and severe pelvic discomfort and pain.

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Whirlpool Washer Mold Cases Move Forward

Whirlpool Front Load Washer Mold Class Action Heads to Trial

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in multiple states who have filed class action lawsuits against Whirlpool over the presence of mold in their washing machines. On September 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko denied Whirlpool’s effort to dismiss the class action on a summary judgment motion. While the Court granted summary judgment on two of the claims, most significantly it denied Whirlpool’s motion to seek to avoid design defect and breach of implied warranty claims, paving the way for the trial to commence in early October 2014. [Read more…]