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…]

Trucking Companies Bring Class Action Charging Navistar With Selling Defective Engines

Jonathan D. Selbin of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that three trucking companies that purchased vehicles in California, Illinois, and Washington state filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Navistar International Corporation. The complaint, filed late yesterday afternoon in federal court in Illinois, alleges that Navistar actively concealed that its 2008-2013 model trucks were equipped with diesel engines – the Maxxforce Advanced EGR diesel engines – that contained a defective emission system that caused the trucks to suddenly break down. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Rejects Attempt by Whirlpool to Avoid Accountability for Allegedly Defective Washers

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that the U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected an effort by Whirlpool Corporation (WHR) to escape accountability for manufacturing millions of allegedly defective washers that it sold to American families. Whirlpool asked the Supreme Court to review the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that allowed consumers to pursue claims in a class action against Whirlpool for selling the allegedly defective front-load washers from 2001 to 2008. [Read more…]