United Airlines Involuntary Passenger Removal Incident Sparks Further Controversy On Flight Overbooking

United Airlines Involuntary Passenger Removal Incident Sparks Further Controversy On Flight Overbooking

The past weekend’s incident on a United Airlines flight where a passenger was forcibly removed by security from an aircraft after refusing to give up his seat to a United employee has shed increased light on the all-too-common practice of airlines bumping passengers off planes when flight are overbooked. The practice is an ongoing problem as so many flights are routinely overbooked. A viral video of the United passenger being violently being dragged off the flight has sparked outrage, concern, and a social media uproar towards the airline and its policies and passenger dealings. [Read more…]

Fitbit Trackers Still Don’t Match Real Medical Measuring Devices

Media Attention Focuses on New Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy Study Confirming Significant Inaccuracies in Device Data

As reported by CNN, while a new study comparing wearable fitness trackers including the Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Charge indicates that such devices perform “reasonably well” at measuring some heart rates, the devices still don’t compare to tracking equipment used in doctors’ offices and hospitals. The LA Times was even more clearcut in its article, “Your Fitness Tracker Can Count Your Steps, But It’s Not That Good At Monitoring Your Heart Rate.” While some say they are “accurate enough” for most consumers, the new study aligns with previous ones indicating that the Fitbit devices do not consistently record accurate heart rates during the intense kinds of physical activity for which Fitbit expressly markets the devices in widespread advertising. [Read more…]

Trump Administration Guts US Internet Consumer Privacy Rules Even as Illegal Harvesting of Children’s Data By Game and App Studios Continues

Help stop illegal child data collection

Even as the Trump administration eliminated significant privacy protections enacted by the FCC under Obama to expose the browsing information of hundreds of millions of Americans, the broadband industry and its Washington insider allies have leapt in to trumpet what a great thing it is to let Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, et al. monitor and sell info about our every step online. This includes the now-permissible passive tracking of adult activity across apps and devices that is still illegal when applied to kid’s data under special separate laws enacted to protect children. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Doing a Q&A Live on Jalopnik Auto News Website Wednesday March 22, 2017

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Auto news and culture website Jalopnik will be hosting a live Q&A with Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser at 8 a.m. Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern time) on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud settlement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. As Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation, Elizabeth spearheaded the development of the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter Volkswagen Dieselgate settlements, which provide substantial compensation for owners of affected VW diesels as well as significant environmental mitigation plans. [Read more…]

New Videos Explain Benefits Available to VW, Audi, and Porsche Owners and Lessees Under the 3.0-Liter Volkswagen TDI Emissions Fraud Settlement

New VW Videos

Two new videos have been released providing in-depth information on the benefits available to class member owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles with 3.0-liter engines affected by the diesel emissions fraud. One video relates to “Generation One” vehicles, Volkswagen Touareg (models years 2009-2012) and Audi Q7 (model years 2009-2012), and a second video relates to Generation Two vehicles, VW Touareg (model years 2013-2016), Audi Q7 (model years 2013-2015), Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, and Q5 (model years 2014-2016), and Porsche Cayenne (model years 2013-2016). [Read more…]

VW Pleads Guilty in Diesel Emissions Scandal

VW Pleads Guilty in Diesel Emissions Scandal

German automaker Volkswagen pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit to criminal felony charges relating to its diesel emissions deception. The company was “charged with fraud, obstruction of justice and making false statements about vehicles it imported into the United States, using software designed to cheat on emissions tests during lab testing that helped deceive environmental regulators,” as reported by the New York Times. [Read more…]

The Tennessean Reports on Newly-Filed North Carolina Mutual Insurance Fraud Lawsuit

Life Insurance Fraud

The Tennessean reports on Lieff Cabraser’s lawsuit against North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company filed Wednesday in federal court in Tennessee on behalf of Marietta McClendon. The Brentwood resident’s suit alleges North Carolina Mutual took her family’s money by way of a fraud that halved the benefits she obtained after the death of her brother. “My mother and brother worked hard to protect our family,” said Ms. McClendon. “Losing them was hard on our family. We expected the life insurance company to stand behind their policy and to pay what they owed.” [Read more…]

Class Action Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

Class action fraud lawsuit filed against North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance

Nashville, Tenn. – Lieff Cabraser partners Mark Chalos and Annika K. Martin, and Montgomery Ponder partners Luke Montgomery and Brad Ponder, have filed a class action lawsuit in Tennessee federal court on behalf of Marietta McClendon of Nashville, Tennessee alleging that North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (NCM) cheated her family and potentially thousands of other life insurance customers, often minority individuals and families, for financial gain. [Read more…]

Takata to Pay $1 Billion in Defective Airbag Lawsuit

Takata to Pay $1 Billion in Defective Airbag Lawsuit

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in Michigan federal court on Monday in the lawsuit over its allegedly defective airbags. Takata will pay nearly $1 billion for hiding test data and reports on the deadly airbag inflators and will repay those injured by the airbag defect. As reported by CNBC, “the penalties include $850 million in restitution to automakers, $125 million for victims and families, and a $25 million criminal fine.” [Read more…]

VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Settlement Valued at $1.2 Billion Receives Preliminary Approval Along with Separate $327.5M Bosch Deal

Cars in traffic

On February 16, 2017, Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted preliminary approval to a buyback, compensation, and repair settlement for owners and lessees of 3.0-liter diesel engine VW, Porsche and Audi vehicles. This preliminary approval signals a signal step on the path toward final settlement approval, expected to occur in May of 2017. The Court also gave preliminary approval to a separate $327.5 million settlement with German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, which wrote and installed the secret emissions-manipulating software on the affected vehicles. [Read more…]