Lieff Cabraser Civil Justice Blog

“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…]

Jury Returns $27 Million Verdict Against Philip Morris in Florida Tobacco Litigation

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A federal court jury in Florida has awarded Judith Berger $27,010,000.14 in damages in a lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc. Mrs. Berger began smoking in 1958 when she was 14 years old and was smoking a pack a day by age 16. Evidence was shown at trial that 90 percent of daily cigarette smokers start smoking as teenagers and the tobacco industry targets youth in their advertisements for this very reason. The verdict included 20,760,000 dollars and 14 cents in punitive damages. [Read more…]

Pinnacle Hip Trials Begin for Patients Alleging Poisoning Injuries


As reported on, Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) is facing a new round of medical hip lawsuits over its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, blamed for the poisoning of recipient patients. The patients allege that the Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed because they caused metal debris to leech from the devices into patient bloodstreams. These cobalt/chromium materials can damage the surrounding tissue and have required some patients to have their implants removed through revision surgery. [Read more…]

Court Rejects Attempt to Derail Class in Whirlpool Moldy Washer Case Set for October Trial

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland denied Whirlpool Corporation’s (NYSE: WHR) motion to decertify a class of Ohio residents who purchased certain models of front-loading Whirlpool Duet washing machines manufactured between 2001 to 2008 that developed mold. [Read more…]

17 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Listed In 2015 Best Lawyers America

17 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Listed

The Best Lawyers in America, a legal peer-review publication, has announced its 2015 listing of outstanding attorneys and leading lawyers. Based on over 5.5 million evaluations of legal professionals, the publication’s 21st edition includes 52,488 attorneys in 137 practice areas across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. [Read more…]

Highway Guardrail Lawsuits Charge Unsafe Design Maiming Drivers


This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries defrauded the government. The Wall Street Journal reports court records remain inaccessible.

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Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern

Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern

According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System, “from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss.”

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How Whistleblowers Can Report and Stop Medicare and Healthcare Fraud


Whistleblowers continue to play a key role in ending fraudulent practices throughout the United States. A recent survey published by the National Whistleblower Center and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 43% of corporate fraud was uncovered by whistleblowing related activities. When government funds are involved, whistleblowers play a critical role in protecting taxpayers. And, as the survey noted, the companies themselves are also better off in the long run by rooting out these bad practices.

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Abuse and Fraud by Private Correctional Service Contractors Reported

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Abuses by private correctional service contractors of non-violent probationers is a growing problem, according to numerous media reports. These probationers have typically committed low-level offenses, such as failing to pay traffic tickets, driving without proof of insurance, shoplifting, or public drunkenness.

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Whistleblowers Expose Medicare Fraud by For-Profit Hospice Corporations

Whistleblowers Expose Medicare Fraud

Hospice care is intended to be a holistic way for terminally ill people to end their lives in a dignified manner in the comfort of their own homes. For many years, small nonprofit organizations were the main providers for this type of healthcare. More recently, hospice care has become a multimillion dollar industry dominated by large for-profit corporations.

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Lieff Cabraser Legal 500 Mass Tort Class Action Firm Of The Year


As part of its “Legal 500 Awards,” the UK-based publication Legal 500 recently named Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, as its U.S. Mass Torts and Class Action Plaintiffs’ Law Firm of the Year for 2014. The Legal 500 awards honor the best practice teams in the U.S., as determined by Legal 500 from thousands of lawyer interviews.

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Lieff Cabraser’s Antitrust Practice Group Receives Top National Ranking from Chambers USA


The 2014 Chambers USA Guide has awarded Lieff Cabraser’s antitrust practice group with a Nationwide Band 1 ranking. Chambers noted the breadth of prominent cases our antitrust attorneys handle, highlighting the class action lawsuit against Silicon Valley tech giants Apple, Google, Intel and other companies for allegedly conspiring to suppress the pay of technical, creative, and other salaried employees.

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Top 3 Factors for Whistleblowers in Selecting a Lawyer

Top 3 Factors for Whistleblowers

I’m Robert Nelson, the chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Whistleblower law practice group. I’ve published two new videos relating to whistleblower law. The topics include guidance for individuals seeking a whistleblower case lawyer, as well as a general overview of whistleblower law and how whistleblower plaintiff cases are managed and advanced.

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