Lieff Cabraser: Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls 2.8 Million Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines Over Explosion Risks

CPSC Recalls 2.8 Million Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines Over Explosion Risks

SAN FRANCISCO – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the cooperation of Samsung, is recalling 2.8 million of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines in the wake of over 700 reports of exploding washing machines resulting in at least nine injuries. The recall covers 34 of Samsung’s top-loading models sold from March 2011 through November 2016. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for Volkswagen Settlement

Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for Volkswagen Settlement

The American Lawyer’s Litigation Daily has selected Elizabeth Cabraser and her opposing counsel Robert Giuffra at Sullivan & Cromwell as “Litigators of the Week” for their work on finalizing the settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case. This recognition by the Litigation Daily is the first time that opposing counsel have been named co-litigators of the week. “Together, they led the effort to reach a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, with Giuffra as national coordinating counsel for VW and Cabraser as lead counsel and chair of the 22-member plaintiffs’ steering committee.” [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Loses Arbitration Bid Over Deceptive Overdraft Fees

Wells Fargo Loses Arbitration Big Over Deceptive Overdraft Fees

Mega-bank Wells Fargo has lost a bid to force multidistrict class action over overdraft fee abuse claims into arbitration. The San Francisco-based bank is dealing with numerous lawsuits accusing it of manipulating debit card purchases to maximize overdraft fee revenue in violation of consumer protection laws. Law360 has reported that “the bank has moved to compel arbitration several times with regard to two cases that originated in Florida and California.” [Read more…]

Statement on Final Approval Hearing in Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

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 today’s final approval hearing on the Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement. The hearing was held 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 he is “strongly inclined” to approve the settlement, but will consider the objections and issue an order by October 25, 2016. [Read more…]

Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split

Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split

In an expert analysis article published by Law360 (subscription) entitled “Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split,” Lieff Cabraser attorneys Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman review the U.S. Supreme Court’s May decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, et al. The decision “reaffirmed that, under principles of federal jurisdiction, invasions of privacy give plaintiffs standing to assert their rights in federal court,” wrote Diamand and Kaufman. [Read more…]

Supreme Court to Hear Fair Housing Act Case Bank of America v. City of Miami, Florida

U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court agreed in mid-2016 to review Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami and Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami, cases hinging on standing under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3604 et seq., that seek to hold major U.S. banks accountable for their allegedly illegal and discriminatory conduct during the housing crisis and its aftermath. Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel represent the City of Miami and submitted our brief to the Supreme Court. [Read more…]

Settlement Receives Final Approval in Whirlpool Front-Load Washer Mold Cases

Whirlpool Washer Mold Settlement Receives Final Approval

On September 23, 2016, Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted final approval to the settlement of the Whirlpool front-load washer mold cases, bringing an end to nine-plus years of hard-fought litigation. With a claims period that closes in a few short weeks on October 11, 2016, the settlement provides class members who experienced mold or odor the choice of $50 cash, a 20% discount off purchase of a new washer (worth $148.50) or, if they paid out of pocket or to replace their washer due to mold /odor, dollar for dollar cash reimbursement up to $500. [Read more…]

Claims Period Opens for Recipients of Unconsented Wells Fargo Loan-Related Texts and Calls

Bank Misconduct

If you received a call or non-emergency text from Wells Fargo on your cellular telephone, in connection with either a residential mortgage loan and/or a home equity loan, you could receive a payment from a class action settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The following statement is being issued by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein regarding Markos v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. A lawsuit is currently pending claiming that Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., (“Defendant” or “Wells Fargo”), violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by calling, or sending non-emergency texts to, cellphones without prior express consent. [Read more…]

$68 Million Settlement in LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Fraud Case

$68 Million Settlement in LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Fraud Case

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in a nationwide class action lawsuit charging that LifeLock, Inc. defrauded them with regard to identity theft protection services. A California federal judge has granted final approval to a $68 million settlement of this lawsuit, based on consumer complaints centering on accusations that LifeLock delivered false statements about its services and failed to alert customers on a timely basis of potential identity theft. An estimated 3 million consumer class members will each receive $20 as part of the settlement. [Read more…]

State Farm Racketeering Case Now Set As Class Action Suit

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court

Lawsuit alleges State Farm campaigned illegally to elect a judge to vote against previous $1.05 billion judgment against the company

As reported by Law360 (subscription) and other news outlets, U.S. District Court Judge David Herndon has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of 4.7 million State Farm policyholders that alleges State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. carried out a racketeering enterprise aimed at defrauding the policyholders of a $1.05 billion judgment by getting a new judge elected to the Illinois Supreme court who would rule in State Farm’s favor to scuttle the judgment, previously approved by the Illinois appellate court. [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson Comments on the Fight or Settle Question Facing Offending Companies in TCPA Consumer Disputes

Daniel Hutchinson Comments on TCPA Consumer Disputes

Numerous companies have been hit with lawsuits regarding their alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). In these cases, the complaints involve robocalls, unsolicited text messages, and unwanted phone calls plaguing consumers. The big question for defendants facing these kinds of lawsuits is whether to push back on the accusations of offensive, intrusive spam marketing via litigation or to just quickly settle matters. [Read more…]

Bosch Said to Have Played Critical Role in Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal Since 2008

Bosch Involvement in VW Diesel Emissions Scandal

Auto supplier Robert Bosch has been accused of conspiring with Volkswagen to produce the technology that would help the German automaker fraudulently pass standard emissions tests in its diesel vehicles. Numerous media outlets, such as The New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and Jalopnik, have reported that Bosch asked VW to provide legal protection while the emissions cheating software was in development eight years ago. Despite VW’s reported refusal to indemnify Bosch, Bosch continued with the production of this defeat device. [Read more…]

Why Drug Prices Skyrocket Despite Market Competition

Pharmacy

The LA Times has published an excellent piece on the skyrocketing costs of U.S. prescription drugs despite marketplace competition. The absence of competition for a good or service traditionally provides fertile ground for cost escalation and price-gouging, classic greedy anticompetitive behavior, but the Times’ article explores the prevalence of continuing drug cost escalations in the U.S. even where competition does exist. [Read more…]

Money Over Cars: 210,000 VW Diesel Owners Decide on Vehicle Buyback

Money Over Cars: 210,000 VW Diesel Owners Decide on Vehicle Buyback

Out of the 475,000 Volkswagen 2.0 liter diesel engine owners, approximately 210,000 individuals have chosen to partake in the $14.7 billion settlement that is awaiting final court approval. Under the settlement terms, VW and Audi owners have the option of selling their cars back to the dealership or having them fixed to meet U.S. environmental standards and clean air laws. In addition, owners will receive $5,100 to $10,000 compensation for their time and trouble during this scandal. [Read more…]

VW Emissions Case Looks Towards Settlement Over 3.0 Liter Engine Cars

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

At a hearing today in federal court in San Francisco before District Court Judge Charles M. Breyer, meaningful progress was reported towards a settlement between Volkswagen and over 650 U.S. VW franchise dealerships over vehicles “rendered unsellable” by the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The parties announced a proposed deal that includes a settlement fund as well as a buyback plan for used diesel vehicles that Law360 (subscription) noted would be “under the same terms available to owners of 2.0-liter vehicles” under the earlier-announced $14.7 billion settlement. The value of the proposed settlement fund for dealerships was not disclosed. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Provides In-Depth Interview on VW Emissions Litigation

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Autoblog has published an in-depth interview with Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser focusing on the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and her role as Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation surrounding VW’s 2015 admission that it had doctored engine software in millions of vehicles to produce reduced emissions during formal testing. In late July 2016 Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court granted preliminary approval to a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case, where more than 500 federal lawsuits have been filed and consolidated into one complaint against the automaker for its “dirty diesel” vehicles. [Read more…]

$30.4 Million TCPA Settlement Against Wells Fargo

TCPA Settlement Announced Against Wells Fargo

Judge Richard W. Story of the Northern District of Georgia has granted preliminary approval to a $30.4 million settlement with Wells Fargo on consumer claims that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) with the use of an autodialer, artificial voice technology, or prerecorded messages to call cellphones about account overdrafts. [Read more…]

Consumers Overwhelmingly Want Access to Legal System Currently Denied by Major Banks

Bank Misconduct

A 2016 study by The Pew Charitable Trusts notes that consumer disputes with banks over fees and policies are on the rise. Of particular concern are mandatory arbitration clauses found in 90% of bank account agreements. These forced arbitration provisions steer consumers to third-party decision-makers whose decisions are usually binding, giving the consumer limited or no opportunity to appeal. Such provisions also prohibit consumer bank customers from seeking any remedy in an impartial court of law. [Read more…]

VW Gets Court OK On Program To Scrap Cheating Diesel Cars

VW Diesel Emissions Scandal Settlement

As reported by the Associated Press and numerous other media outlets, Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District court in San Francisco has issued an order authorizing a test program proposed by Volkswagen for scrapping a set of repurchased vehicles to study the process, timing, costs and logistics of dismantling the violative autos and salvaging them for parts. [Read more…]