In May of 2017, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the “Mercedes-Benz Vehicle AC Mold” class action lawsuit in federal court in Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA on behalf of consumers over complaints that various Mercedes vehicles, dating as far back as the 1999 model year through to the present, have a serious design defect. This defect causes the air conditioning system to accumulate mold and mildew, spewing extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles any time the air system is in use. [Read more…]
In its mid-year roundup of significant product liability cases, Law360 highlights cases of national interest with impact on potentially millions of Americans, including several cases in which Lieff Cabraser is playing a leading role. These include the Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler “dirty diesel” emissions cases, as well as injury lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products that have been linked to ovarian cancer. [Read more…]
New Independent Study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine Confirms the Significant Inaccuracy of the Heart Rate Monitors Made by Fitbit, Self-Proclaimed “Digital Healthcare Company”
April 11, 2017–San Francisco–Researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa announced the results of new independent testing on a selection of wearable heart rate monitors, confirming findings in previous studies that the PurePulse™ technology used in Fitbit’s popular fitness trackers is wildly inaccurate during moderate and high-intensity exercise. [Read more…]
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Attorney Robert J. Nelson of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today the settlement of consumer claims relating to allegedly defective solar panels manufactured and sold by BP Solar and Home Depot. The Settlement has been well-received: close to 900 claims have been filed since preliminary approval was granted in September 2016, and no class member has objected to the Settlement terms. Information on the settlement is available on the BP Solar Panel settlement website. [Read more…]
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…]
Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Fitbit’s request to dismiss the lawsuit over the claimed inaccuracy of its PurePulse™ heart rate technology within its popular fitness trackers. The fraud class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of consumers nationwide against Fitbit, Inc. over allegations that the company’s heart rate monitors – the Fitbit Blaze, the Charge HR and the Fitbit Surge – fail to accurately measure user heart rates. Heart rate monitors are used by athletes and others who need to reach or not exceed target heart rates. The use of monitors reporting inaccurate heart rates can lead to serious consequences. [Read more…]
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a warning on Samsung top-loading washing machines that can explode without warning. Multiple consumer reports and shared videos tell of top-load Samsung washers manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016 exploding as early as the day of installation, or without warning months or years later.
New Independent Study by World-Renowned Cleveland Clinic and Revelations by Confidential Internal Witnesses Confirm Inaccuracy of the PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors Made by Fitbit, a Self-Proclaimed “Digital Healthcare Company”
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the top-ranked heart hospital in the nation, announced the results of new independent testing on a range of wrist-worn heart rate monitors, confirming the findings in previous studies that the PurePulse™ technology used in Fitbit’s popular fitness trackers is wildly inaccurate during moderate and high-intensity exercise. Dr. Marc Gillinov, the Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon who led that testing, noted that “as people exercised, the accuracy [of the products] diminished” and concluded that the Fitbit devices “had suboptimal accuracy during moderate exercise.” Moreover, Dr. Gillinov noted that “as people moved, the study had readings that could be off by 30 and 40 bpm, so it’s not a small difference.” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser trio part of case covering 5 million+ washers
As reported by the Nashville Post and numerous other news sources, federal judge has approved the final plan to settle a class action filed on behalf of owners of washing machines that developed mold or odor problems. A trio of attorneys with the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser, with local Managing Partner Mark Chalos in the lead, helped argue the case. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser represents Samsung washer owners in a federal lawsuit in New Jersey alleging that some Samsung top-loading washing machines explode in owners’ homes, causing damage to walls, doors, and other equipment and presenting significant injury risks. Users have reported Samsung top-load washers exploding as early as the day of installation, while other owners have seen their machines explode months or even more than a year after purchase.