Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Win 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Public Justice for 20-Year State Farm Case

Trial Lawyers of the Year 2019

Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson accepts the 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Public Justice on behalf of the State Farm team.

Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team and its co-counsel have been named Public Justice’s 2019 Trial Lawyers of the Year based on their work that began back in 1999 originally relating to insurance auto parts fraud and then escalating into improper and illegal electioneering after State Farm upended the Illinois judicial elections process. Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award recognizes “the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered grave injustice or abuse.” Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm team and their co-counsel were recognized for their extraordinary 20-year efforts in winning a $250m settlement for consumers while shedding a light on corruption and dark money in state politics. The award was presented on the evening of Monday, July 29 at Public Justice’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner in San Diego. [Read more…]

Judge Grants Preliminary Approval to Wells Fargo’s $17.85M Deal to End 6 TCPA Lawsuits

Robocall

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Judge Manish S. Shah of the Northern District of Illinois has granted preliminary approval to a $17.85 million settlement with Wells Fargo over consumer claims that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by improperly sending unsolicited and harassing prerecorded messages to cellphones about mortgages, home equity loans, credit card accounts, auto loans, student loans, and fraud alerts. [Read more…]

Recall of Valsartan Blood Pressure Medication Expanded to Some Lots of Losartan Over Similar Fears of Carcinogen Tainting

Losartan Recall

As reported by CBS News, Macleods Pharmaceuticals is recalling another 32 lots of its widely used blood pressure medication Losartan that was sold nationwide, after finding the medication contained trace amounts of a probable carcinogen known as NMBA. [Read more…]

First Amended Complaint Filed in Select Portfolio Servicing Mortgage Fraud Litigation

High-cost mortgage loans

Lieff Cabraser has filed the First Amended Class Action Complaint on behalf of plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit in New York alleging that Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. is defrauding customers through improper interest rate change calculations and illegal collection of late fees on post-acceleration mortgage loans. As a result of the improper practices detailed in the complaint, SPS customers are overpaying for their mortgage loans. [Read more…]

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

On June 17, 2019, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint in the consumer fraud litigation against Teva, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Solco Healthcare based on reports that huge amounts of the hypertension drug Valsartan, the generic equivalent of the hypertension drug Diovan, were contaminated with a carcinogen called NDMA. This contamination and the subsequent sale and marketing of the tainted Valsartan perpetrated fraud and violation of warranties on the patient population for Valsartan, as well as violating other laws relating to the safe sale and distribution of prescription drugs. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalist for 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

State Farm

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team has been named finalists for the 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. The award celebrates and recognizes “the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered grave injustice or abuse.” The Trial Lawyer of the Year award will be presented at Public Justice’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner on Monday, July 29 in San Diego. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to News4 Nashville About “Shocking” Provisions in Scooter Agreements

Mark Chalos Talks to News4 Nashville About “Shocking” Provisions in Scooter Agreements

Lieff Cabraser Nashville office Managing Partner Mark Chalos spoke at length with News4 Nashville to reveal “shocking” provisions and lapses in scooter app use agreements. After extensive research into potential lawsuits against the scooter industry showed that smartphone app scooter rental companies like Lime, Bird, and Lyft believe they have no accountability for user accidents or faulty equipment, Chalos explained, “There are some really shocking provisions they’ve hidden in the fine print.” [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin Comments on DOJ Claims About Abusive Consumer Class Actions

Jonathan Selbin Comments on DOJ Claims About Abusive Consumer Class Actions

In Ohio federal court lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice are seeking to reverse a proposed class action settlement that would give consumers $72.50 coupons for defective pressure cookers that allegedly cause scalding hot contents to erupt, in some cases causing users to suffer from second and third degree burns. [Read more…]

11th Circuit Rules for Plaintiff City of Miami on Standards for Proximate Cause in Discriminatory Lending Lawsuits

11th Circuit Rules for Plaintiff City of Miami on Standards for Proximate Cause in Discriminatory Lending Lawsuits

The City of Miami obtained a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit in Fair Housing Act lawsuits it has brought against certain banks, including Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America.  The Eleventh Circuit issued decisions on remand from the Supreme Court on proximate cause, holding “[c]onsidering the broad and ambitious scope of the FHA, the statute’s expansive text, the exceedingly detailed allegations found in the complaints, and the application of the administrative feasibility factors laid out by the Supreme Court in Holmes v. Securities Investor Protection Corp., 503 U.S. 258 (1992), we are satisfied that the pleadings set out a plausible claim.” [Read more…]

Claims Process Begins for FCA ‘EcoDiesel’ Settlement

Claims Process Begins for FCA ‘EcoDiesel’ Settlement

Most eligible parties to receive $3,000+ after vehicle repairs

As reported by Consumer Affairs, the claims process has begun for owners and lessees of certain Fiat Chrysler vehicles after the settlement of litigation over claims FCA used illegal emissions cheating devices to make it appear that its diesel vehicles were meeting clean air standards. FCA noted it would pay $500 million to resolve the issue, including just over $300 million in civil penalties. In the wake of a California judge granting final approval to the terms of the settlement, eligible drivers will be awarded cash payments and extended warranties after their vehicle undergo the government-mandated vehicle modifications. [Read more…]

Fiat “EcoDiesel” Class Action Settlement Approved; Claims Process Open

Diesel Emissions Fraud

Offers over $307M in substantial cash payments to class members, plus emissions modifications and extended vehicle warranties

San Francisco, CA — Judge Edward M. Chen of the United States District Court, Northern District of California today granted final approval of the $307.5 million Fiat Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep (FCA) “EcoDiesel” class action settlement, which will provide eligible owners and lessees with substantial cash payments and an extended warranty following the completion of a government-mandated emissions modification to affected vehicles. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Class Action Lawsuit Against Hyundai, Kia, and ZF-TRW Automotive for Fraud and Concealment of Deadly Airbag Safety Defect Affecting 12.5 Million Vehicles

Airbag Suits Continue

Airbag control unit (ACU) defect that causes the safety devices to fail affects airbags also supplied to numerous other vehicle manufacturers, including Toyota/Acura, Honda, FiatChrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Mitsubishi

On April 29, 2019, Lieff Cabraser and Baron & Budd filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in California on behalf of consumers across the U.S. against Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motor America, and ZF-TRW Automotive Holding Corp. over defective vehicle airbags that fail to operate during crashes due to electrical overstress (“EOS”). As detailed in the Complaint, a defect in the application-specific integrated circuit (“ASIC”) built into the airbags causes a failure in the Airbag Control Unit that prevents the airbags and the seat belt pretensioners, both vital to maximizing safety in a vehicle crash, from deploying. As the Complaint further alleges, ZF-TRW, Hyundai, and Kia became aware of the ACU defect as early as 2011, but did nothing to protect consumers or warn of the product dangers until 2018. [Read more…]

New York AG Sues Private Stem Cell Clinic for Injury and Fraud

Stem Cells

Attorney General sues on behalf of injured patients over “reckless” conduct, “egregious” injuries from wildly expensive treatments

Last week, New York State Attorney General Letitita James sued Park Avenue Stem Cell, a private NYC clinic, for allegedly injuring and defrauding patients. Attorney General James is one of many state and federal regulators scrutinizing a growing field of private clinics and their affiliates that represent — recklessly and without full information — to prospective patients that a variety of illnesses can be reversed or made more tolerable by very expensive stem cell injections. [Read more…]

California Federal Judge Rules DIRECTV Cannot Avoid Robocall Lawsuit

California Federal Judge Rules DIRECTV Cannot Avoid Robocall Lawsuit

As reported by Bloomberg Law (subscription), on Friday March 29, 2019, U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California certified two proposed plaintiff classes in a federal lawsuit against DIRECTV over allegations the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by directing debt collection companies to make unwanted telemarketing phone calls to consumers on their behalf. The Court found that questions common to all class members outweigh any individualized questions of possible consent to the calls. [Read more…]

Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to $5M Proposed Settlement in Nationwide Insurance Robocall Class Action

Robocall

As reported by Law360, a federal judge has preliminarily approved a $5 million settlement in the class action alleging that Nationwide Mutual Insurance violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending harassing repeat auto-dialer calls, texts, and voice messages to consumers without their consent. [Read more…]

Samsung Exploding Washers Class Action Settlement to Make More Than $200 Million Available to Class Members

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

A federal court judge has granted preliminary approval to a settlement between Samsung Electronics and consumers who asserted claims that certain Samsung top-load washing machines could have their tops detach, their drain pumps fail, and even explode during normal use. Between the terms of the settlement preliminarily approved by Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the existing washer recall, more than $200 million is being made available to the class. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Announce That Victims of Fleetcor’s Alleged Predatory Scheme File Class Action Lawsuit

Trucks fueling at station

Fuelman Card included hidden and deceptive fees; earned Fleetcor’s CEO $357 million in compensation

February 1, 2019—(NEW YORK)—Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel announce that Wisconsin’s Schultz Transfer System, Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit in Georgia alleging that Fleetcor’s “Fuelman” gas card was a predatory scheme that began charging clients more than the face amount at the pump, despite promising “deep savings…for fleets of all sizes, in all industries.”[1] [Read more…]

$307.5M Class Settlement with Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Will Compensate Owners and Lessees, Provide Repairs that Protect Environment while Maintaining Performance and Fuel Economy

Claims Process Begins for FCA ‘EcoDiesel’ Settlement

Government-approved emissions modifications, substantial cash payments to become available upon settlement approval for approximately 100,000 eligible vehicles; extended warranties to protect long-term reliability and performance

San Francisco, CA—A class action settlement agreement filed today by the consumer plaintiffs in the Fiat Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep (FCA) “EcoDiesel” Litigation will, if approved, provide eligible owners and lessees with substantial cash payments in addition to government-approved emissions modifications and extended warranties. The proposed settlement totaling $307.5 million ($280 million from FCA and $27.5 million from Bosch) was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation overseen by Judge Edward M. Chen. [Read more…]

Judge Grants Final Approval to $250 Million State Farm RICO Lawsuit Settlement

Final Settlement Approved in State Farm RICO Lawsuit

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge David Herndon has granted final approval to a $250 million settlement in the class action lawsuit brought by State Farm policyholders accusing the auto insurer of using campaign donations to buy the vote of an Illinois Supreme Court Justice. [Read more…]

American Association for Justice “Worst Corporate Conduct of 2018” Features Numerous Lieff Cabraser Cases

Silhouette row of businessmen sitting in meeting room

The American Association for Justice has published its annual analysis of the “worst corporate conduct” of 2018. The AAJ’s report “examines how civil justice is the most powerful tool to hold corporations and institutions accountable when they cause harm. From the energy companies who spent decades denying their role in climate change, to a university and sports program that for years protected a pedophile instead of students and athletes, institutions have shown time and again they will not act in the public’s best interest unless something forces them to. In these cases, and others involving unscrupulous student lenders, defective airbags, child slave labor, and corporate attempts to rig justice, the civil justice system has allowed Americans to hold bad actors accountable and change the way they do business.” [Read more…]