Brendan Glackin Writes Piece on Trial Witness Management for the California Daily Journal

Brendan Glackin on Witness Challenges

Lieff Cabraser partner Brendan Glackin has written an article for the Daily Journal entitled “Once a Witness is On the Stand, Things Can Only Go Wrong” about the challenges attorneys face when their clients take the stand in court. While the dramatic aspects of unexpected reveals are often larger in the criminal context, the piece notes that civil cases can nevertheless present worrisome challenges at the moment when clients are put before a courtroom to face open-ended questions. [Read more…]

The 10 Male Lawyer Behaviors Female Lawyers Find Most Annoying

Most annoying male lawyer behaviors

In an article on Law.com (subscription), The Careerist discusses “10 Male Behaviors That Annoy Female Lawyers.” The list was drawn from comments by exasperated female readers in the wake of earlier advice offered by The Careerist (“How Women Can Be Assertive and Loveable”), responding with how fed up they are with being told how to behave professionally. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

As reported by The Tennessean, the convicted stalker in the Erin Andrews peephole nude video case cannot escape the jury’s $28 million judgment against him through bankrupcty. Federal bankruptcy court Judge Trish Brown has ruled that Michael David Barrett, Andrews’ stalker, must pay the judgment stemming from the 2008 violation in full. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Talks to Law360 About the Invalidated Visa MasterCard Antitrust Settlement

Dean Harvey Talks to Law360 About Invalidated Visa MasterCard Antitrust Settlement

The Second Circuit has invalidated a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement between Visa and MasterCard relating to interchange fees. A June 30 Law360 article (subscription) sees this as a “powerful signal” that class reps must be extremely careful about seeking case resolutions that might “[compromise] someone else’s fundamentally conflicting interests.” [Read more…]

Jason Lichtman Comments on Challenging Statistical Evidence in the Courtroom

Jason Lichtman Comments on Challenging Statistical Evidence in the Courtroom

In the second article of the publication’s series, Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman spoke with Bloomberg BNA on “Challenging Statistical Evidence After Tyson Foods,” discussing statistical expert testimony and evidence in class action proceedings, particularly in light of the recent Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo Supreme Court ruling. This employment law case was brought by low-wage workers at a Tyson Foods processing plant seeking pay for their considerable time spent putting on and taking off protective work attire and equipment (“donning and doffing”). [Read more…]

Jason Lichtman Provides Commentary on Aftermath of Tyson Foods Ruling

Jason Lichtman Provides Commentary on Aftermath of Tyson Foods Ruling

Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman spoke with Bloomberg BNA for the article “Aggressive Challenges to Experts Expected After Tyson Foods” on the impact the Tyson Foods ruling will have on future court cases. Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo was brought by low-wage workers at a Tyson Foods pork-processing plant seeking pay for their considerable time spent putting on and taking off protective work attire and equipment (“donning and doffing”). [Read more…]

Dean Harvey on the 5 Writing Mistakes Antitrust Lawyers Should Avoid

Dean Harvey on the 5 Writing Mistakes Antitrust Lawyers Should Avoid

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey spoke with Law360 to offer advice to antitrust lawyers on “five writing mistakes that can tilt the balance against your antitrust clients.” Along with Hausfeld LLP’s Scott Martin and Daniel Francis of Hunton & Williams, Mr. Harvey was tapped by the legal journal for his knowledge and expertise in the face of an inherent problem for antitrust attorneys created by “the complexity of competition law [which] puts them at a heightened risk of hurting their chances of victory by writing briefs that judges struggle to read.” [Read more…]

Forced Arbitration Steals Consumers’ Rights

Forced Arbitration Steals Consumers’ Rights

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos has written an article for The Tennessean discussing the mandatory arbitration clauses hidden in an astonishing number of financial service and product contracts that ultimately deprive consumers of their basic constitutional rights to justice when something goes wrong. Chalos’ “Forced Arbitration Steals Consumers’ Rights” piece also signals a call to action for consumers to voice their opinions to federal and state legislators now, during open review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) newly proposed rules. [Read more…]

Spotlight on Spokeo: A Win for Consumers (Expert Analysis in Law360)

Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman on Spokeo

In an expert analysis article published by Law360 (subscription) entitled “Spotlight on Spokeo: A Win for Consumers,” Lieff Cabraser attorneys Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman provide a detailed review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision with respect to Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, et al. The decision has been hailed as a win for the plaintiffs bar, reaffirming that individuals harmed by illegal conduct have the right to defend their privacy rights. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on New CFPB Proposal Regarding Arbitration Clauses

Judge's Gavel

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a potentially transformative new rule on Thursday regarding forced arbitration agreements that strip consumers of financial products of their basic constitutional rights. If approved, the proposed rule will bar financial institutions like banks and credit card companies from using forced arbitration clauses to prevent consumers from filing class action lawsuits. These clauses left consumers with no court options and locked them into unbalanced private arbitration to their widespread detriment. [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson in The Recorder on Uber’s Unintended Legal Pathbreaking

Daniel Hutchinson in The Recorder on Uber's Unintended Legal Pathbreaking

Uber’s settlement of several impending labor class action lawsuits may open the door to other new economy companies facing similar suits, according to The Recorder (subscription). Industry-wide, the “are-they-independent-contractors-or-are-they-employees” question, with all its attendant legal ramifications, remains open. And as the Recorder points out, open questions — particularly open questions that lead to multi-million dollar lawsuits — lead to lawsuits. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Comments on Erin Andrews Voyeur Lawsuit Settlement

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Lawsuit Settlement

As reported by The Tennessean  (subscription), and The Daily Mail (UK) sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews has settled her viewport filming lawsuit against a Nashville, Tennessee hotel owner and operator. The host of FOX College Football for Fox Sports, nude video footage of Ms. Andrews was circulated on the internet after the hotel allowed a stalker sufficient access to secretly record her naked through her room’s peephole. [Read more…]

Women Lawyers Beginning to Break Through Glass Ceiling in the Courtroom

Women Lawyers Beginning to Break Through Glass Ceiling in the Courtroom

As reported recently by the American Bar Association (ABA), in 1971, three years after Congress created the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, women only made up 10 percent of first-year law school students. Over time, that number has been growing; by 2013, women made up 47 percent of law school students. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos in The Tennessean on Erin Andrews’ Post-Trial Collection Efforts

Mark Chalos in The Tennessean on Erin Andrews' Post-Trial Collection Efforts

Lieff Cabraser Nashville office managing partner Mark Chalos continues his Tennessean streak (subscription) with post-trial commentary on the Erin Andrews case, concurring with Ms. Andrews’ attorneys that her insolvent stalker should not be responsible for any of the $55 million judgment won earlier in March by Ms. Andrews. “Presumably if the hotel owner and operator are held responsible for the entire amount of harm caused, then Ms. Andrews would have a higher likelihood of recovering more of the judgment amount,” said Chalos. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Upholds $5.8 Million Judgment for Tyson Foods Workers

Supreme Court Upholds $5.8 Million Judgment for Tyson Foods Workers

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision in favor of employees at Tyson Foods Inc. that included a $5.8 million award in their favor in a pay dispute over previously unpaid time spent by workers putting on and taking off protective work clothes and equipment. Tyson argued that the employees do their jobs when they are on the slaughter and/or processing floors, and not while preparing for that work. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on the Erin Andrews Stalker Trial Verdict

Mark Chalos on the Erin Andrews Trial Conclusion

As reported in the Tennessean, the jury in the Erin Andrews trial in Nashville has awarded the sportscaster $55 million in damages in the negligence trial over illegally obtained and shared nude video of Ms. Andrews. Seven hours of deliberations led to a triumphant outcome for Andrews, who first filed her suit six years ago after a man secretly recorded her in a Nashville hotel. [Read more…]