Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Reach $35M Settlement with Bank of America in California Unpaid Mortgage Interest Case

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Reach $35M Settlement with Bank of America in California Unpaid Mortgage Interest Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Bank of America North America has agreed to pay $35 million to settle a borrower class action lawsuit accusing the company of failing to comply with a California law requiring banks to pay interest on mortgage escrow accounts. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Settlement of Nationwide Mercedes-Benz A/C Mold and Mildew Case

Mold in vehicle air conditioning

Uncapped settlement will provide reimbursement for qualified past repairs and all or part of the cost of future repairs to owners and lessees of approximately 2.5 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles affected by the alleged Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system mold and mildew defects

New York, December 20, 2019—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser and Corpus Law Patel announce that plaintiff vehicle owners and lessees have reached a nationwide settlement with Mercedes-Benz to end the cl ass action product defect litigation over claims that certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles were affected by HVAC system defects that led to noxious odors inside the vehicles that could be severe enough to render the luxury vehicles unfit for driving. [Read more…]

$52 Million Settlement in Farmers Group Insurance Illegal Pricing Lawsuit Gets First Nod

$52 Million Settlement in Farmers Group Insurance Illegal Pricing Lawsuit Gets First Nod

As reported by the Texas Lawyer (subscription), on Monday, December 16, 2019, Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas gave the first round of approval to a settlement of a class action against Farmers Group Inc. valued at $52 million arising from allegations the insurance company systematically charged their existing customers more than they did new customers for the same insurance coverage in violation of the law. The company was also accused of keeping their loyal existing customers in the dark about lower available rates. [Read more…]

Class Action Lawsuits Play Critical Role in the Fight to Protect Consumers and Workers from Being Cheated – Slate.com

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Powerful and straightforward piece in Slate reveals how Americans have had their consumer and employee rights stripped away from them

Since their inception, class action lawsuits have provided consumers with a mechanism to challenge and deter large corporations from breaking the law. Over the last decade, however, hundreds of millions of Americans have seen themselves legally prohibited from bringing or joining such lawsuits as the imposition of forced arbitration has skyrocketed to restrict their rights. Forced arbitration provisions drastically limit the rights of consumers and employees. As Slate observes, this onetime major recourse for individuals facing illegal behavior by giant corporations is reeling in the wake of a Supreme Court “determined to stamp them out.” [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Issues Call for Action to End Forced Arbitration

American Association for Justice Calls For Action to End Forced Arbitration

The Chief Operating Officer of the  American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently penned a letter to the public in an attempt to provide people with the latest information on how to get involved in the AAJ’s grassroots efforts to end forced arbitration. [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Releases Detailed Report on Negative Impacts of Forced Arbitration

American Association for Justice Releases Detailed Report on Negative Impacts of Forced Arbitration

An article published in the November 2019 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine highlights a new research report examining the devastating impact forced arbitration has had on the rights of American workers and consumers. The report looks at how forced arbitration suppresses claims against corporations specifically when corporations harm workers and consumers by cheating, stealing, or even breaking the law. [Read more…]

VW Audi Bentley Porsche Fuel Economy Lawsuit Settlement Program is Now Underway – Submit Your Claims Now

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Online portal for fuel economy settlement claims processing is up and active for owner and lessee claims

The claims portal at vwmpgsettlement.com is now open for all current and former owners/lessees of affected gasoline-engine vehicles in the Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen fuel economy class action settlement. As a result of the settlement reached in the litigation, potential compensation totaling $96.5 million is available to the class members to resolve claims that the affected vehicles were equipped with software that, as calibrated, caused the vehicles to emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) and obtain up to 1 MPG less fuel economy than was originally represented. Class members may submit their claims for payment online through the settlement website.
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Lieff Cabraser Honored by National Law Journal with 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyers” Awards for Consumer Protection and Privacy/Data Breach

Lieff Cabraser Honored by National Law Journal with 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyers” Awards for Consumer Protection and Privacy/Data Breach

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has selected Lieff Cabraser for its 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyers” awards in the categories of Consumer Protection and Privacy/Data Breach. The award recognizes lawyers and law firms that have “demonstrated repeated success in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months, along with a longer track record of client wins.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Win 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for State Farm Insurance Fraud Case

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Win 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for State Farm Insurance Fraud Case

20 years of tenacious litigation finally led to $250 million settlement for defrauded auto insurance policyholders

Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team and its co-counsel have been chosen to receive Law Bulletin’s 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award based on work that dates all the way back to 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. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Proposed Settlement of Fuel Economy Cases in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, & Products Liability Litigation

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Settlement with owners and lessees of Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and VW vehicles valued at up to $96.5 million

New York—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser announces the settlement of class action litigation on behalf of owners and lessees of approximately 98,000 gasoline-powered Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Bentley vehicles sold and/or leased in the U.S. The settlement secures up to $96.5 million to resolve claims that the affected vehicles were equipped with software that, as calibrated, caused the vehicles to emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) and obtain up to 1 MPG less fuel economy than was originally represented. [Read more…]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…]