Law360 Op-Ed Piece: Equifax Breach Reminds Us Why We Need The 7th Amendment

Law360 Op-Ed Piece: Equifax Breach Reminds Us Why We Need The 7th Amendment

Law360 has published an op-ed by law professor Jean Sternlight entitled “Equifax Breach Reminds Us Why We Need The 7th Amendment.” The piece takes a close and strong critical look at forced arbitration in the U.S., grounding the battle over forced arbitration’s destructive effects in the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the right of all citizens to a jury trial in civil cases. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to News3 Memphis on the Massive Equifax Hack & How Consumers Can Protect Their Information

Mark Chalos Talks to News3 Memphis on the Massive Equifax Hack & How Consumers Can Protect Their Information

With 143 million Americans affected by the massive Equifax data breach and a greater than 50-50 chance that any given individual’s personal information has been stolen by hackers, Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos has some advice for consumers across America. “They never came to us and said is it okay if we keep your Social Security number and take your home address and work address and other important information and store it somewhere. They never asked us to do that, they just did it and apparently they were careless with it.” Chalos is emphatic: “It is absolutely time that the American consumer asks the legislators why are you letting these companies do this?” [Read more…]

Equifax Data Breach Disaster: Security Freezes and Other Actions Consumers Can Take

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Amid widespread reports of Equifax’s staggeringly huge data breach announced late last week, wherein the detailed personal financial information for over 143 million Americans was stolen from Equifax, data safety and privacy advocates recommend that placing a security freeze on your credit reporting file is the single best action you can take to try to minimize the serious damage that the Equifax data breach may cause. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Scandal Drives California to Block Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Banking Contracts

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In direct response to Wells Fargo’s vast false accounts fraud scheme affecting millions of bank customers, the California legislature has passed a bill “aimed at stopping banks from using arbitration clauses to shield themselves from lawsuits over sham accounts,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The California Assembly passed Senate Bill 33 earlier this week, and the California Senate quickly approved. The Bill’s fate now rests with Governor Brown. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Accounts Fraud Scandal Hits New Heights

Wells Fargo Accounts Scandal Deepens

With financial experts and advisors calling it a “rogue bank,” Wells Fargo has announced an almost 70 percent increase in the number of fraudulent unauthorized accounts created by the bank in years-long effort to boost revenues through deceitful and illegal tactics aimed at Wells Fargo customers. The banking giant admitted its months-long research had uncovered 3.5 million false and unauthorized accounts created by its employees from 2009 through 2016, a rise of 1.4 million additional scam accounts opened at customer expense from the 2.1 million bogus accounts originally exposed that Wells Fargo had previously acknowledged.  [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Team Named Finalists for 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year California Award

Lieff Cabraser Team Named Finalists for 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year California Award

The Consumer Attorneys of California have announced their list of finalists for the 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year award, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser’s Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud case team. Led by Elizabeth Cabraser, who serves as Lead Class Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the historic litigation, the team also includes David S. Stellings, Kevin R. Budner, Wilson M. Dunlavey, and Phong-Chau G. Nguyen. [Read more…]

New York Times Op-Ed: “Let Consumers Sue Companies”

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A powerful op-ed published this week in the New York Times examines recent workings in the House and Senate to fundamentally undermine consumer rights in the United States. The Consumer Financial Protection Board recently created a new rule preventing companies from denying consumers the right to band together and go to court when they are treated unfairly. The rule would act to keep companies from restricting consumer recourse to binding, closed-door arbitration outside the courts and sidestepping the judicial system. [Read more…]

U.S. Regulators Approve of Volkswagen Plan to Fix or Buy Back Vehicles in Emissions Cheating Scandal

U.S. Regulators Approve of Volkswagen Plan to Fix or Buy Back Vehicles in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators have announced the government’s approval of the agreement for the German automaker to fix or buy back the diesel vehicles involved in VW’s illegal emissions cheating scandal. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the plan will involve approximately 326,000 VW vehicles sold between 2009 and 2014, “the first generation of the ‘Clean Diesel’ cars with 2.0-liter TDI engines, including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Jones Ward Announce Filing of New Ford Transit Van Breach of Warranty, Fraud, and Unjust Enrichment Product Defect Lawsuit Against Ford Motor Company in Federal Court in Kentucky

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SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESSWIRE)– Lieff Cabraser and Jones Ward filed a consumer fraud class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky today on behalf of persons or entities that purchased or leased a 2015-2017 Ford Transit in Kentucky for purposes other than personal, family, or household use. The lawsuit claims these Ford Transit Vans are equipped with defective parts, resulting in expensive damages to the vehicles and presenting a significant safety risk to passengers. [Read more…]