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…]

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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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…]

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…]

Nationwide VW Emissions Class Action Lawsuits Filed

Nationwide VW Recall Class Action Lawsuits Filed

“Truth in Engineering” is Audi’s official slogan. Sadly, the Audi A3 and multiple Volkswagen cars with diesel engines were allegedly engineered to deceive. This is one of the allegations in separate class action complaints filed yesterday and Tuesday by Audi and VW owners represented by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in federal courts in New Jersey and California.

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Plaintiffs’ Counsel Comments on Verdict in Whirlpool Defective Front-Load Washers Trial

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel, announced that a jury in federal court in Ohio today returned a verdict in favor of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR). The class action was brought on behalf of Ohio residents who purchased certain models of front-loading Whirlpool Duet washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2008 that had a propensity to develop mold and odors. [Read more…]

Whirlpool Washer Mold Cases Move Forward

Whirlpool Front Load Washer Mold Class Action Heads to Trial

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in multiple states who have filed class action lawsuits against Whirlpool over the presence of mold in their washing machines. On September 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko denied Whirlpool’s effort to dismiss the class action on a summary judgment motion. While the Court granted summary judgment on two of the claims, most significantly it denied Whirlpool’s motion to seek to avoid design defect and breach of implied warranty claims, paving the way for the trial to commence in early October 2014. [Read more…]

Court Rejects Attempt to Derail Class in Whirlpool Moldy Washer Case Set for October Trial

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland denied Whirlpool Corporation’s (NYSE: WHR) motion to decertify a class of Ohio residents who purchased certain models of front-loading Whirlpool Duet washing machines manufactured between 2001 to 2008 that developed mold. [Read more…]