“Shock, Dismay, and a Resolve to Hold USC and Dr. George Tyndall Accountable for Sexual Misconduct and Cover-Up” – A Post by Lawyer and USC Alum Annika K. Martin

USC and Dr. George Tyndall Sexual Abuse Cases

On a beautiful spring morning in 2004, on an outdoor stage in view of Tommy Trojan, I accepted my diploma from the University of Southern California’s law school. I was so proud to be a USC graduate that day, and for many days and years after that, as I used my law degree to fight for those who had been harmed by others. [Read more…]

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases, Gender Pay Disparities, and the Future

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases

Law.com’s online journal The Recorder caught up with Lieff Cabraser partner and Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group Kelly M. Dermody for a substantial and wide-ranging question and answer session published June 1st (subscription). Noting Ms. Dermody’s leadership on equal pay and promotion gender class actions against industry giants like Microsoft, Google, and Goldman Sachs, the publication talked to her about arbitration and class waivers, culture and its shaping of the law, and current progress on gender issues, among other topics. [Read more…]

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver has written a piece for the Impact Fund legal practitioner blog titled “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions.” The piece looks at the gender discrimination case Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, No. 10-6950 (S.D.N.Y.), wherein the court recently certified a Rule 23(b)(3) class of female vice presidents and associates who challenge Goldman Sachs’ performance evaluation, compensation, and promotion processes, and explains how the Dukes’ cases limits on class actions don’t apply. [Read more…]

“Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Holding Employers Accountable” – Rachel Geman Writes for ACS Blog

“Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Holding Employers Accountable” – Rachel Geman Writes for ACS Blog

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman has written a piece for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) titled “Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Hoping to Hold Employers Accountable.” In the piece, Geman challenges the wisdom of the recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, where Justice Gorsuch’s majority opinion held that employees’ rights to cooperate in concerted activities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) does not extend to participation in class and collective actions, substituting unfair forced arbitration for the right to have a case heard in open court. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin on the Future of Class Actions in Bloomberg Law

Jonathan Selbin on the Future of Class Actions in Bloomberg Law

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court on jurisdictional limits to lawsuits may have a significant impact on the size and location of class action lawsuits

Bloomberg News is wrapping up 2017 with an examination of the future of class action law in light of Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court (“BMS”), a case focusing on jurisdictional limits on cases against corporations. “It’s too early to tell how the courts will apply BMS to class actions, but class action litigators are preparing to go to war over where class suits, particularly nationwide suits, can now be filed.” With overweening corporations as the target of most class suits, it seems clear the defense bar will push for a reduction in the scope and size of aggregate actions via what they see as BMS’s proscription of expanded jurisdiction, while plaintiffs will seek to convince courts that BMS is inapposite and should not be held to constrict use of the class action mechanism to obtain judgments for the fraudulent misconduct of the corporate world. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Talks to the Washington HeraldNet About Customer Fury Over Fraudulent Short-Term Health Plans

Rachel Geman Talks to the Washington HeraldNet About Customer Fury Over Fraudulent Short-Term Health Plans

While short-term medical health plans have received recent White House support, numerous lawsuits have been filed nationwide by angry customers disputing exclusions over pre-existing conditions and the outright denial of claims under these reduced-duration insurance policies. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos in the Tennessean on the Brentwood Academy Negligence Lawsuit and Damages Caps

Mark Chalos in the Tennessean on the Brentwood Academy Negligence Lawsuit and Damages Caps

A civil lawsuit against Brentwood Academy accusing the Nashville prep school of negligence and fact concealment relating to an allegedly pervasive pattern of bullying, sexual harassment, assault and sexual assault is seeking $30 million in combined damages. Brentwood Academy is accused of allowing teenage male students to repeatedly harass and sexually assault a classmate, and then downplaying the attacks and failing to report the incident to authorities. In addition to seeking justice for the plaintiff, the lawsuit will also test the constitutionality of Tennessee’s lawsuit damages caps. [Read more…]

Increasing Diversity in Leadership Positions – Elizabeth Cabraser in Trial Magazine

Increasing Diversity in Leadership Positions - Elizabeth Cabraser in Trial Magazine

The American Association for Justice’s “Diversity in the Law” June 2017 issue of Trial magazine includes a new article by Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser on “Five Ways to Increase Leadership Diversity in the Courtroom.” Focusing on inclusivity among counsel in large multidistrict litigation and class actions, the piece sounds a call for increased diversity in court-appointed leadership positions, and goes on to provide specific tips on how lawyers can work to ensure increased leadership positions for female lawyers, attorneys of color, and members of the LGBT community. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos in The Tennessean on United Airlines as the Iceberg’s Tip of Bad Corporate Behavior

Mark Chalos in The Tennessean on United Airlines as the Iceberg's Tip of Bad Corporate Behavior

Lieff Cabraser Nashville office Managing Partner Mark Chalos is no fan of unleashed corporations. As an opinion piece in The Tennessean makes clear, Chalos sees incidents like United Airlines’ recent behavior with respect to a physician manhandled off a flight to make room for an airline employee as emblematic of a system where critical regulation has been steadily eroded, of years of corporate efforts to “eliminate the mechanisms that hold them accountable for their bad behavior.” [Read more…]

Judges Opting for Rapid Self-Education in Complex Cases

Judges Opting for Rapid Self-Education in Complex Cases

The Recorder reveals that in a wide variety of complex cases, judges are rising to the challenges posed by arcane and multiplex underlying factual issues by seeking to rapidly educate themselves about the nuances of various detailed and complex matters. These topics often include matters of science and technology as well as patent and invention strategies. In some instances, judges have taken the unusual step of asking scientists and inventors to make presentations at tech tutorials in an effort to bypass advocacy in pursuit of more straightforward info. [Read more…]