Elizabeth Cabraser Named Lead Counsel, Chair of Steering Committee in Fiat Chrysler Ecodiesel Emissions Fraud Litigation

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On June 19, 2017, Judge Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California named Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser as Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in litigation against Fiat Chrysler by brought by Jeep and Dodge owners over allegations the company bypassed diesel emission controls in nearly one hundred thousand vehicles. Ms. Cabraser also served in the same role in the recently-concluded case against Volkswagen for similar emissions violations in Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Dealer Services Abusive Phone & Text Messaging Settlement Announced

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Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Burke Law Offices, LLC Announce Proposed Settlement of Wells Fargo Dealer Services TCPA Litigation

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo Dealer Services, Inc., a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”). The lawsuit alleges Wells Fargo violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by using an automatic telephone dialing system and/or an artificial or prerecorded voice to initiate calls or text messages to cell phones (“Automatic Calls”) in connection with automobile retail installment sale contracts without prior express consent. Wells Fargo denies the allegations, and the Court has not decided who is right. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement. [Read more…]

Reader’s Digest Publisher Sold Michigan Subscribers’ Personal Info, Pays $8.2 Million to Settle Privacy Law Violations

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Trusted Media Brands, the publisher of Reader’s Digest, Country, Simple & Delicious and Taste of Home magazines, will pay $8.2 million in the settlement of a proposed class action that accused the company of selling the personal information of its subscribers. As reported by Law360 (subscription), this is “the largest-ever deal in a case alleging violations of Michigan’s privacy laws.” [Read more…]

Senators Accuse AT&T of Using Forced Arbitration to Overcharge Customers

AT&T Allegedly Using Forced Arbitration to Overcharge Customers

Five U.S. senators claim major telecommunications company AT&T is utilizing forced arbitration clauses in order to sidestep its customers’ efforts to get justice for claims of rampant overcharging. The Dallas-based company allegedly charges consumers for AT&T services at rates significantly higher than those originally offered in a wide range of advertised promotions, then forces customers seeking redress into unfavorable mandatory arbitration. [Read more…]

Judge Hits Dish Network with Unprecedented $280 Million in Penalties Over Violations of Do-Not-Call Laws

Judge Hits Dish Network with Unprecedented $280 Million in Penalties Over Violations of Do-Not-Call Laws

An Illinois federal judge has awarded $280 million to the federal government and the states of California, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio as part of its efforts to permanently block Dish Network LLC and its telemarketing vendors from violating the National “Do-Not-Call” Registry laws. The major satellite service provider allegedly invaded consumers’ privacy by making vast numbers of illegal telemarketing calls without making any efforts to shield recipients who had signed up for the national Do Not Call registry. [Read more…]

New Jersey Added to Growing List of States Considering “Right to Repair” Legislation

New Jersey Added to Growing List of States Considering “Right to Repair” Legislation

As reported by Motherboard, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty recently introduced a new bill known as the “Fair Repair Act,” passage of which would require electronics manufacturers who sell their products in New Jersey to sell gadget replacement parts to the general public, as well as to independent repair companies. New Jersey is the twelfth state to consider such legislation, which would work to end the stranglehold many tech manufacturing companies have on user repair efforts, requiring the purchasers of modern devices to come directly to the tech giants for repairs. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser on the VW Diesel Settlements: A Road to Justice for Consumers & the Environment

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As a result of Volkswagen’s conduct in installing “cheat devices” in its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines to evade emissions standards, consumers “became unwitting accomplices in one of the biggest auto-related scandals in U.S. history, driving vehicles that were emitting as much as 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides into the earth’s atmosphere.” In an op-ed piece published today by The Recorder, Elizabeth Cabraser anatomizes the VW case and its attendant historic settlements, unprecedented for their scope and complexity, combining consumer compensation, environmental relief, fines and penalties, coordinated by the Department of Justice, EPA, California Air Resources Board and California Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and class plaintiffs. [Read more…]

Number of Unauthorized Wells Fargo Bank Accounts Significantly Larger Than Initially Reported

Unauthorized Wells Fargo Bank Accounts Significantly Larger Than Initially Reported

Court documents included as part of an imminent class action settlement with Wells Fargo Bank indicate that the banking giant created 1.4 million more phony bank and credit card accounts than it had previously reported. As Law360 notes, “The San Francisco-based bank and a class of account holders estimate that between 2002 and 2017 Wells Fargo employees allegedly opened approximately 3.5 million unauthorized accounts, replacing the previous 2.1 million estimate.”
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City of Philadelphia Files Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo for Discriminatory Lending

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Lawsuit Alleges the Bank Targeted Minority Borrowers with High-Cost Loans

The City of Philadelphia has filed a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania claiming that Wells Fargo has engaged in discriminatory lending practices that target minority borrowers. The Complaint alleges that commencing in 2004 and continuing through the present, Wells Fargo violated the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) by steering African-American and Latino borrowers towards high-cost or high-risk loans even where those borrowers’ credit permitted them to obtain more advantageous loans. [Read more…]

Statement on Court Granting Final Approval of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter Emissions and Bosch Settlements

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

San Francisco, CA (May 11, 2017) – Elizabeth Cabraser, lead counsel for the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, released the following statement regarding the Court granting final approval of the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0-Liter Emissions Settlement and the related Bosch settlement. The final approval hearing was held today in the Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation currently being overseen by Judge Charles M. Breyer. Judge Breyer informed the parties that orders would be entered no later than May 17, 2017. [Read more…]