Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

Lexi Hazam Elected Vice Chair of AAJ Torts

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Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi J. Hazam was elected Vice Chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Promoting a fair and effective justice system, AAJ’s mission is to support the representation of those injured by the harmful misconduct and negligence of others. STEP is a section of the association, which focuses on pharmaceutical toxic effects, medical devices, pesticides, consumer products, industrial pollution, and other environmental damages.

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Lieff Cabraser Attorney Mark Chalos Named Chair of National Justice Organization’s Education Committee, Re-Elected to State Organization’s Board of Governors

Mark Chalos Named Chair of American Association for Justice Education Committee

Mark P. Chalos, Managing Partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has been named chair of the Public Education Committee for the American Association for Justice – a national organization which promotes a fair and effective civil justice system.

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Sarah London Discusses Zofran Anti-Nausea Medication Birth Defect Injury Lawsuits

Sarah London Discusses Dangerous Birth Defects from Zofran (ondansetron) Use

Parents charge that Zofran (generic name ondansetron) is a dangerous and defective drug because its use by pregnant women can lead to serious birth defects. Zofran was approved by the FDA in 1991 to treat extreme nausea from chemotherapy and later expanded for use as a treatment for serious surgical nausea. Lawsuits allege that the drug has been marketed off-label by GlaxoSmithKline to obstetricians and gynecologists to prescribe to their pregnant patients to control the pregnancy nausea commonly referred to as “morning sickness.”

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Class Action Lawsuit filed in Refugio Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Refugio Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Keller Rohrback LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, which represented those affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, have filed a class action lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) and Plains Pipeline, L.P., stemming from the Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara.

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Tennessee Association for Justice Honors Lieff Cabraser Attorney Kenny Byrd for Successful Litigation Against Cigarette Manufacturers

Kenny Byrd Honored by Tennessee Association for Justice

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kenneth “Kenny” Byrd received the Tennessee Association for Justice 2015 Paladin Award at the TAJ annual conference last week for his successful litigation against cigarette manufacturers R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA Inc., and Lorillard Tobacco Company in Florida federal courts.

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Rachel Geman Discusses Class Action Statistical Analyses at NELA Convention

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Lieff Cabraser attorney Rachel Geman will be participating at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) 2015 Annual Convention on June 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Geman will moderate and speak at a panel discussion titled “Statistics For Lawyers – Even Those Who Hate Math,” which will address issues that arise in Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VII class action cases in regard to statistical analyses and representative testimony at trial.

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Benicar Lawsuits: Patients Nationwide Continue to File Suits Alleging Medication Causes Dangerous and Undisclosed Side Effects

Benicar Lawsuits: Patients Nationwide Continue to File Suits Alleging Medication Causes Dangerous And Undisclosed Side Effect

Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi J. Hazam announced that three patients prescribed olmesartan, a widely-prescribed blood pressure medication sold under the brand name Benicar, along with Benicar HT, Tribenzor and Azor, recently filed lawsuits against Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo, Benicar’s manufacturer, and Forest Laboratories, which marketed and distributed Benicar in the United States.

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Mark Chalos Appointed to AAJ Public Education and Public Affairs Committees

Mark Chalos Appointed to AAJ Public Education and Public Affairs Committees

Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark P. Chalos was recently appointed as Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Public Education Committee and Member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee. The Public Education Committee works on initiatives promoting knowledge of America’s civil justice system and trial bar mission. The Public Affairs Committee gives advice on policy options, tactics, and strategies with regard to trial lawyer matters.

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Suit Against Sony for Failure to Safeguard Confidential Employee Data Advances

This week U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner held that employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, whose personal information was exposed in last year’s well publicized data breach may bring claims against Sony for its alleged failure to take reasonable steps to secure the information.

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Dismissal of False Park Defect Lawsuit Against Chrysler Reversed

Dismissal of False Park Defect Lawsuit Against Chrysler Reversed

Attorney Fabrice Vincent of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announced that a federal appeals court today reversed an order that had dismissed wrongful death claims stemming from an alleged transmission defect in many Chrysler vehicles.

 

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Rachel Geman Comments on New Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act

Rachel Geman Comments on New Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate approved and sent to the House of Representatives the Thune-Nelson Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act. The bill offers individuals a substantial monetary incentive for whistleblowers in the automotive industry to report safety problems and vehicle defects that could lead to serious injuries or death. Whistleblowers could receive up to 30 percent of any monetary penalty over $1 million imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation or U.S. Department of Justice for misconduct.

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General Motors Consumer Lawsuit Alleges Mail and Wire Fraud

General Motors Consumer Lawsuit Alleges Mail and Wire Fraud in GM's Concealment of Ignition Switch Defect

Consumers represented by co-lead counsel Lieff Cabraser and Hagens Berman today filed an expanded class-action complaint against General Motors (NYSE:GM), bringing RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) claims against New GM based on new information from the lawsuit’s discovery phase that indicates New GM committed mail and wire fraud in connection with the ignition switch defect that causes cars to stall unexpectedly and disables the cars’ airbags.

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Anne Shaver Offers Employee Perspective on Recent Supreme Court Title VII Decision

Anne Shaver on Recent Supreme Court Title VII Decision

On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its suit against Abercrombie & Fitch alleging religious discrimination under Title VII. The Court held that, to prove disparate treatment, a plaintiff need only to show that the plaintiff’s need for religious accommodation was a motivating factor in the employment decision, not that the employer had actual knowledge of the need for accommodation.

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NLJ Recognizes Elizabeth Cabraser As One Of Nation’s Outstanding Women Lawyers

NLJ Recognizes Elizabeth Cabraser As One Of Nation's Outstanding Women Lawyers

This week the National Law Journal honored 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today, including Elizabeth J. Cabraser. These women, the editors of the NLJ note, selected from hundreds of nominations, “represent excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest representation, legal education, and the judiciary. Their accomplishments especially stand out as women continue to be under-represented in the highest levels of business, law, and public service.”

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Steven Fineman Interviewed By UC Hastings Magazine

Steven Fineman Interviewed By UC Hastings Magazine

The University of California Hastings College of the Law magazine recently interviewed Steven E. Fineman, a graduate of the law school and Lieff Cabraser’s Managing Partner. In discussing our law firm, Fineman stated that the “diversity of our practice and the breadth of our client base make us unique in the plaintiffs’ bar.” He added, “We are constantly proving ourselves. We continue to take on righteous cases in which we hold big companies accountable for wrongful conduct.”

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