Federal Judge Rules Fiat Chrysler Diesel Emissions Fraud Lawsuit Can Move Forward

Diesel Emissions Fraud

As reported widely in the media, Fiat Chrysler’s attempt to end the diesel emissions cheating case filed by consumers across the U.S. has failed, as U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen issued an order substantially supporting plaintiffs’ complaint and directing the litigation to move forward. [Read more…]

State Farm Will Have to Face Campaign Funding Racketeering Claims

State Farm

In a victory for 4.7 million policyholders, a federal judge in Illinois has ruled that State Farm must face a class action lawsuit alleging the company entered into a secret scheme to seat a sympathetic judge to overturn a $1.05 billion judgment against the company for approving the use of lower-quality non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) automotive parts for repairs to policyholder vehicles. The judge rejected State Farm’s argument that the suit over racketeering claims are an improper effort to relitigate claims already reviewed in the related state court case. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Credit Suisse Over Alleged Withholding of $300 Million from U.S. Brokers

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As reported by Reuters, Lieff Cabraser has filed a class action lawsuit against global financial services company Credit Suisse Group accusing it of withholding up to $300 million of pay from U.S. brokers. The plaintiffs allege that Credit Suisse cancelled deferred compensation owed to brokers who elected not to move to Wells Fargo under a recruiting agreement between the banks after Credit Suisse closed down its private banking unit in 2015. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Consumer Protection Lawsuit Against General Motors in Federal Court in Tennessee Alleging Air Conditioning Systems in Certain GM Vehicles Are Defective

Defective Air Conditioning

Lieff Cabraser and Bruno Newsom filed a consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors Company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee today on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased in Tennessee certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air conditioning system. The lawsuit claims the vehicles in question have a serious defect that causes the air conditioning systems to crack and leak refrigerant, lose pressure, and fail to function properly to provide cooled air into the vehicles. These failures lead owners and lessees to incur significant costs for repair, often successive repairs as the repaired parts prove defective as well.
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Lieff Cabraser Files Class Action Fraud Lawsuit Against HCC Medical Insurance Services

Lieff Cabraser Files Class Action Fraud Lawsuit Against HCC Medical Insurance Services

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP partners Rachel Geman and Elizabeth J. Cabraser, with co-counsel, have filed a multi-state class action lawsuit in Indiana federal court alleging that HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC, HCC Life Insurance Company, and Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (“Defendants”) have cheated the plaintiffs—consumers of short-term insurance plans who have incurred sometimes catastrophic medical expenses—by routinely and systematically refusing to pay promised insurance benefits, including through the common vehicle of post-claims underwriting. The named plaintiffs are residents of South Portland, Maine, Box Elder, South Dakota, and Post Falls, Idaho. [Read more…]

Complaints About Automated Robocalls Rose Dramatically in 2017

California Federal Judge Rules DIRECTV Cannot Avoid Robocall Lawsuit

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report reveals that consumer complaints about harassing unwanted automated telemarketing calls jumped significantly in 2017, and have quadrupled since 2009. There were a total of 4.5 million robocall complaints last year, and the agency received an additional 2.5 million complaints about live telemarketing calls; on average, the FTC received over 375,000 per month. [Read more…]

FCC Vote Reverses Network Neutrality Protections

FCC Vote Reverses Network Neutrality Protections

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal the net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality services and content. This action reverses 2015’s Open Internet Order set during the Obama administration. [Read more…]

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has published “Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017,” a report detailing “this year’s worst corporate offenders, the aggressive corporate culture plaguing in the United States, and the need for a strong civil justice system to ensure consumers and workers can hold corporations accountable and deter corporate misconduct.” [Read more…]

Fiat Chrysler Hoping for Approval on Vehicle Diesel Emissions Fix

Fiat Chrysler Hoping for Approval on Vehicle Diesel Emissions Fix

A lawyer for automobile manufacturer Fiat Chrysler announced that the company hopes to reach an agreement to fix its diesel vehicles that contributed to pollution in violation of the Clean Air Act by the spring of 2018. At least 104,000 diesel vehicles were allegedly programmed with undisclosed software that allowed for illegal emissions of air polluting chemicals. [Read more…]

Senate Denies Consumers the Right to Sue Banks and Other Companies

Senate Denies Consumers the Right to Sue Banks and Other Companies

The U.S. Senate has voted to repeal a rule banning banks and credit card companies from forcing defrauded consumers into non-trial private arbitration. As reported on Yahoo! Finance, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was built out of the financial crisis, created the rule after five years of studying forced arbitration clauses, the fine print inserted by companies to insulate them from lawsuits, instead sending them to arbitration.” [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”

Scam Fraud Consumer Rights

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…]

Classes Certified in Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against DIRECTV Over Alleged Violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Mobile Phones TCPA Telemarketing Violations

Two proposed plaintiff classes have been certified in a federal lawsuit against DIRECTV over allegations the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and related rules promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission by making unwanted telemarketing phone calls to consumers. The case is Cordoba v. DirecTV LLC, No. 1:15-CV-3755-MHC, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. [Read more…]

Associated Press Talks with Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Elizabeth Cabraser About the VW Emissions Settlement


Originally arising as one of the biggest auto-related scandals in U.S. history, the Volkswagen diesel emissions case has led to one of the largest consumer settlements ever – many times higher than the previous automotive industry record. The Associated Press recently interviewed Lieff Cabraser founding partner and Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Elizabeth J. Cabraser on the VW “dirty diesel” emissions settlement. [Read more…]

New CFPB Rule to Ban Companies From Using Arbitration Clauses to Block Class Action Lawsuits

New CFPB Rule to Ban Companies From Using Arbitration Clauses to Block Class Action Lawsuits

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a new rule that will prevent companies from including language in arbitration agreements that would keep consumers from filing class action lawsuits. While companies can still mandate arbitration (as opposed to individual lawsuits) to resolve consumer disputes, they can no longer force consumers to surrender their rights to bring collective group actions when the conduct complained of affects many consumers in a similar fashion. [Read more…]

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

Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge Diesel Emissions Violations

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…]