Supreme Court’s Ruling Ensures Right of MDL Litigants to Timely Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant ruling last week for litigants in multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict proceedings (commonly referred to as “MDLs”) consist of multiple civil cases in federal court involving similar factual issues that are coordinated or consolidated for discovery proceedings and pretrial motions before one federal judge. MDLs are intended to achieve efficiency and avoid conflicting rulings that might occur if similar cases were litigated in different courts. Recent examples of MDLs in which Lieff Cabraser plays a leading role include the GM ignition-switch litigation and the Toyota sudden-acceleration lawsuits.

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Why California Proposition 46 Is Important To You And Your Family

Why California Proposition 46 is Important to You and Your Family

At Lieff Cabraser, we believe a person injured through the fault of another should be entitled to go to court and hold accountable those responsible for their injuries. We recognize that a court case cannot bring back a lost loved one or restore full health to a person permanently injured. However, a court judgment or a case settlement can provide vitally important monetary compensation as well as a sense of justice.

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Why California Proposition 46 Will Save Patient Lives and Cut Health Care Costs

Why California Proposition 46 Will Save Patient Lives

The number of persons killed by preventable medical errors each year in the U.S. is shockingly high. Fifteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report on patient safety called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The report estimated that 98,000 patients died each year as a result of medical errors.

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New Class Cert Opinion From Judge Easterbrook Is a Tour de Force

"The greatest living American jurist isn’t on the Supreme Court," replied Justice Cardozo when asked which of his colleagues on the court was the greatest. Cardozo was referring to Learned Hand, but his remark might apply today to another judge who has professed admiration for Hand: Frank Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Elizabeth Cabraser Surveys the Class Action Landscape in the Wake of Comcast v. Behrend

Elizabeth Cabraser Surveys the Class Action Landscape in the Wake of Comcast v. Behrend

In Post-Comcast Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Certification, Elizabeth Cabraser reviews the current state of class action litigation in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 14265 (2013), a case that rejected class certification in an antitrust action. As Ms. Cabraser explains, while fears that Comcast would end class action litigation are exaggerated, Comcast nevertheless casts a long shadow that will require plaintiffs to focus on rigor and expert support to establish their cases.

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Where Are All the Women in the Courtroom?

Where are all the women in the courtroom?

Some of my recent email highlights disturbing observations by several of my female colleagues. The first was an update from an MDL panel hearing at which the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hears from lawyers involved in complex litigation across the country on whether and where to centralize lawsuits. The hearings also are opportunities for lawyers to network, negotiate, and strategize. For those of us whose caseloads include securities, antitrust, mass tort, or consumer litigation, these near-monthly events are critical.

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