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…]
Lieff Cabraser Nashville managing partner Mark Chalos continued to provide legal analysis to The Tennessean regarding the ongoing civil suit of Erin Andrews, a former ESPN sportscaster who is suing a stalker who videotaped her nude through a peephole from an adjoining hotel room at the Marriott Hotel near Vanderbilt University in 2008 and posted the images on the internet. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Nashville managing partner Mark Chalos provided legal analysis to The Tennessean yesterday regarding defense tactics in the ongoing civil suit of Erin Andrews, a former ESPN sportscaster who is suing a stalker who videotaped her nude through a peephole from an adjoining hotel room at the Marriott Hotel near Vanderbilt University in 2008 and posted the images on the internet. [Read more…]
The New York Times continues its extraordinary series on forced arbitration in the U.S. and how contracts mandating arbitration in place of a hearing in a courtroom are stripping us of our most basic rights. The most recent piece, “Pivotal Nursing Home Suit Raises a Simple Question: Who Signed the Contract?” addresses the plight of a family whose matriarch was murdered in her nursing home by her patient-roomate, but who cannot get justice or any accountability by the nursing home.
Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has written an in-depth review of predictive coding in legal eDiscovery for Trial Magazine. In an industry where time is precious, the utilization of innovative learning technologies that are novel in the field of litigation serves as a different way for lawyers to handle their cases in a more cost-effective, accurate, and timely manner. One such type of software approach is known as predictive coding. [Read more…]
In an article examining the landscape of 2016 automotive product liability defect cases,Law360 spoke with Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth Cabraser about the General Motors deadly ignition switch defect cases. The defect, which can cause vehicles to lose power and thus prevent airbags from deploying, has allegedly caused hundreds of deaths and injuries and has affected millions of GM autos. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Employment Practice Group Chair and San Francisco Office Managing Partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke with Business Insider reporter Julie Bolt on aspects of labor law and the tech world. This was part of a Business Insider report on age discrimination in the tech world, where the publication noted that there’s a “deadline of sorts” that hits workers around age 50. [Read more…]
As reported in the Daily Journal, on October 7, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposal that would bar class waivers as a way to regulate forced arbitration clauses in contracts. Lieff Cabraser attorney Elizabeth J. Cabraser commented on the issue, noting that the new CFPB proposal is “pro-consumer,” since the arbitration clauses that block group lawsuits would be banned. [Read more…]
As MSN’s MarketWatch reported today, mandatory arbitration clauses are in the fine print of many contracts for credit cards, bank accounts and other non-financial services which prevent consumers from bringing class action lawsuits against such companies. [Read more…]
At their core, our consumer protection and warranty laws make sure that corporations stand behind their products and promises. The old “buyer beware” rule, which shifted the risk and burden of faulty products from seller to buyer, was repealed decades ago. [Read more…]
Class actions enable consumers, small businesses, and employees to hold powerful corporations accountable for their misconduct. Class action settlements can provide meaningful relief to thousands or millions of people who would receive none otherwise.
On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced a 47-count indictment charging nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives with a vast, 24-year scheme to “enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.” Soccer officials solicited and received over $150 million in bribes from sports marketing companies in return for lucrative marketing rights — including television and radio broadcasting rights, advertising rights, sponsorship rights, licensing rights, hospitality rights, and ticketing rights — to FIFA events and matches.
Writing for the Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions Blog, Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos summarizes an important, recent decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that focused on the showing necessary for a class to be ascertainable, one of the requirements for class actions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made history in Obergefell v. Hodges by ruling that the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of same-sex couples to become legally married everywhere in the country.
Lieff Cabraser partners Joy A. Kruse and Dean M. Harvey will be discussing the latest trends in class actions at the Eleventh Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions on June 4th & 5th in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by Law Seminars International, the conference will bring together distinguished practitioners in state and federal class actions. Ms. Kruse will address developments in securities law on a panel entitled “Raising Capital: Class Actions and Market Manipulation.” Mr. Harvey will speak on the “Cases at the Intersection of Class Actions and Employee Protection Regulations” panel.
The same week five mega banks agreed to pay more than $5 billion to settle criminal charges that they manipulated interest or currency exchange rates, the Washington Post reports that a study has been released highlighting that “despite all the talk about cultural reform, plenty of Wall Street workers say they still witness wrongdoing at their firms.”
Lieff Cabraser has taken an active role in support of marriage equality in California and nationwide. We believe in the Constitution’s promise of liberty and equality for all. Earlier this year, we joined 378 businesses to ask the United States Supreme Court to strike down state law bans on same-sex marriage in connection with the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which is being argued before the Court today.
[Washington, D.C.] Today, on March 5, 2015, Lieff Cabraser joined 378 businesses to ask the United States Supreme Court to strike down state law bans on same-sex marriage in connection with the pending case, Obergefell v. Hodges. Lieff Cabraser is part of a broad coalition of employers that includes Aetna, Alcoa, Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, Bain & Company, Blackrock, Cisco, ConAgra Foods, CVS, Deutsche Bank, Dow Chemical, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Hilton, Johnson & Johnson, The New England Patriots, Marriott, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi, Pfizer, The San Francisco Giants, Target, Viacom, Walt Disney, and Wells Fargo, among many others.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Annika K. Martin will be one of the distinguished speakers on the Litigation At Sunrise (CLE) panel, set to take place Tuesday, February 24 at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2015 Winter Convention. The convention will take place in Palm Springs, CA at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa from February 21-25, 2015. Martin will be headlining a talk entitled "An Introduction to Issue Class Certification Under Rule 23(c)(4)."