Honda Settles Deadly Takata Airbags Case; Lawsuits Continue Against Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and GM

Takata airbag lawsuits

On September 1, 2017, Honda agreed to a $605 million settlement in multidistrict litigation with consumers over dangerous and deadly Takata airbags in Honda vehicles. The settlement will cover owners of 11.4 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators. Honda is the sixth automaker to avoid litigation via the settlement path after Nissan, BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota reached similar settlements valued at over $651 million earlier in the year. Honda’s settlement leaves suits ongoing against Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, among other auto manufacturers. [Read more…]

Law360 Mid-Year Report: Product Liability

Law360 Mid-Year Report: Product Liability

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…]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE−Warning: Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors Not Coming Close to “Counting Every Beat”

New Testing Confirms Fitbit’s PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors “Highly Inaccurate”

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces $67 Million Settlement for Consumers in BP Solar Panels Class Action

Solar panels on house roof

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…]

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…]

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Fitbit Heart Rate Inaccuracy Lawsuit

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Fitbit Heart Rate Inaccuracy Lawsuit

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…]

Government Warns Consumers on Exploding Samsung Washing Machines

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

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.

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New Independent Study Confirms Inaccuracy of Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors

New Independent Study Confirms Inaccuracy of Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors

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 Nashville Attorneys Help Win OK for Moldy Washer Settlement

Nashville Attorneys Help Win Moldy Washer Settlement

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…]

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

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.

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$67 Million Settlement Proposed in BP Solar Panel Case

Solar panels on house roof

A proposed $67 million settlement has been reached between BP LLC and a consumer class of solar panel owners who claim the oil company sold defective solar panels to California residents. The claimed flaw was in the junction box component of the products, which caused the solar panels to fail, resulting in loss of electric current and risk of fire. These solar panels cannot be repaired and therefore must be removed and replaced. [Read more…]

KOMO News: Whirlpool & LG Washer Mold Claim Periods Continue

KOMO News: Whirlpool & LG Washer Mold Claim Periods Continue

Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin recently spoke with NBC’s ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum on Seattle’s KOMO News 1000 FM 97.7 to discuss recent settlements relating to consumer lawsuits over smelly front-loading washing machines. In the class action lawsuits, owners of front-load washers complained that their Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, Sears, and LG-brand washing machines were defective, as the products failed to self-clean and resulted in foul-smelling bacteria, mold, and mildew build-ups. [Read more…]

Smelly Front-Loading Whirlpool, LG Washer Cases Settle

Smelly Front-Loading Whirlpool, LG Washer Cases Settle

Owners of some Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag front loader washing machines, manufactured between 2001 and 2010, can now submit claims as part of a settlement of the case. As reported by Herb Weisman, NBC News’ ConsumerMan, all claims must be submitted by the October 11, 2016 deadline. A separate settlement was announced relating to similar issues in LG washers. [Read more…]

LG Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement Claims Period Begins

LG Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement Claims Period Begins

Owners of some LG brand front-loading washers can now submit claims as part of the settlement of several class action lawsuits brought on claims that the machines fail to adequately self-clean. Judge Faith S. Hochberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has granted preliminary approval to settlements of the suits, which alleged that certain LG brand front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2002 and 2006 fail to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry. All claims must be submitted by October 10, 2016. [Read more…]

Claims Period Begins in Whirlpool Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement

Claims Period Begins in Whirlpool Front-Load Washer Mold Settlement

Owners of some Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag-brand front-loading washers can now submit claims as part of the settlement of several class action lawsuits brought on claims that the machines fail to adequately self-clean. Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has granted preliminary approval to settlements of the suits, which alleged that certain Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag brand front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2010 fail to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry. All claims must be submitted by October 11, 2016. [Read more…]

Defective E-cigarette Vaporizers Are Exploding in People’s Faces

Defective E-cigarette Vaporizers Are Exploding in People’s Faces

Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices contribute to a $3.7 billion dollar annual industry, with sales expected to surpass traditional tobacco products within the next decade. As of 2015, there were more than 9 million adults regularly using e-cigarettes, as reported by a National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the CDC. The study noted that nearly 1 in 8 (12.6%) of adults in the U.S. have tried an e-cigarette, and the percentage is even higher among individuals aged 18-24. Men are also more likely than women to have tried an e-cigarette. [Read more…]

Sudden-Drop Honda Window Problems Plague Pilot, Civic, Element Drivers and Other Honda Owners

Sudden-Drop Honda Window Problems Plague Pilot, Civic, Element Drivers and Other Honda Owners

Honda owners are becoming increasingly dismayed to see their vehicle windows malfunctioning throughout California and the U.S. Despite Honda denying any window problem exists, owners of Honda Civic, Pilot, Element, Accord, Odyssey, and certain Acura vehicles describe the side windows suddenly dropping open seemingly at random – sometimes when the car is being driven, sometimes when the car has been standing for hours in a parking lot – but in all cases totally unrelated to any driver or passenger action. [Read more…]

Widespread Media Attention Focuses on New Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy Study Confirming Significant Inaccuracies in Device Data

Media Attention Focuses on New Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy Study Confirming Significant Inaccuracies in Device Data

Numerous news outlets such as CNBC, Forbes, CNN, Inquisitr, The Register, and Gizmodo have been reporting on the recent Fitbit heart rate accuracy study, which claims that several of the newest models of the popular fitness tracker devices are “highly inaccurate” when it comes to measuring active heart rates. The study discovered that the devices were off by an average of 20 beats per minute during moderate- to high-intensity exercise.  [Read more…]

Comprehensive Testing Confirms Fitbit’s PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors “Highly Inaccurate”

New Testing Confirms Fitbit’s PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors “Highly Inaccurate”

Exhaustive new study submitted in class action lawsuit confirms Fitbit heart rate monitors are “highly inaccurate” and measurements bear “extremely weak correlation” with true heart rates during exercise.

May 19, 2016 (San Francisco, CA) – A comprehensive new study conducted by researchers at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (“Cal Poly Pomona”) reveals that the PurePulse™ heart rate monitors in the Fitbit Surge™ and Charge HR™ bear an “extremely weak correlation” with actual users’ heart rates as measured by a true electrocardiogram (ECG) and are “highly inaccurate during elevated physical activity.” [Read more…]

Forced Arbitration in Financial Products: Is A Legislative End In Sight?

Forced Arbitration in Financial Products

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is examining so-called arbitration clauses in financial products. Last week, bureau Richard Cordray sent a strong signal that the regulatory hammer may come down on banks and other lenders denying customers their rights in a court of law if they feel mistreated. [Read more…]