Elizabeth Cabraser in Trial Magazine on Meaningful Settlements that Bring Justice for Clients and Society

EJC In Trial Magazine April 2020

The American Association for Justice’s April 2020 issue of Trial magazine “Finding Your Way” includes a new article featuring commentary from Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, wherein she discusses meaningful settlements she’s  been involved in and gives advice to lawyers on negotiating terms in settlements that bring justice for both clients and society. The piece also includes material from David Sugerman and Paul Bland, other plaintiff’s attorneys who, like Cabraser, focus much of their efforts on protecting the rights of consumers. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Talks To Law.com About How Plaintiffs’ Firms Are Functioning During COVID-19

Elizabeth Cabraser Talks To Law.com About How Plaintiffs’ Firms Are Functioning During COVID-19

Law.com has published a profile on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the way premier plaintiff law firms are conducting business in this week’s Critical Mass briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys. The profile features interviews with several prominent plaintiffs’ lawyers on working through isolation. The publication notes that while so-called “Big Law” defense firms have scrambled, struggling to effectuate remote work, many plaintiffs’ firms, particularly those which had previously embraced cutting-edge technological innovations, have transitioned to a fully remote working status almost seamlessly. [Read more…]

Seven Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

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Lawdragon legal magazine has published its annual listing of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,”  a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. CabraserKelly M. DermodyEric B. Fastiff, Steven E. Fineman, Wendy R. Fleishman, Annika K. Martin, and Robert J. Nelson. Lawdragon also selected Lieff Cabraser founding partner Richard Heimann to be inducted into its 2020 Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame. [Read more…]

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Plaintiff’s Appellate Victory in Laguna Seca Raceway Gross Negligence Case

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Plaintiff’s Appellate Victory in Laguna Seca Raceway Gross Negligence Case

Court of Appeal’s reversal of trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of two defendants in Kim v. County of Monterey will serve as new benchmark for courts wrestling with the distinction between ordinary and gross negligence

­­­The California Supreme Court has denied a petition for review of the Court of Appeal’s published opinion reversing the trial court’s ruling in favor of two defendants in Kim v. County of Monterey (Sixth District Court of Appeal, no. H045577; Monterey Superior Court, no. 16-cv-1236). Lieff Cabraser’s client suffered serious injuries when he collided with sandbags placed immediately adjacent to the pavement of the world-renowned Laguna Seca racetrack at an amateur motorcycle event. Reversing the trial court, the Court of Appeal concluded that where, as here, there are disputed questions of fact about whether the defendants (a) increased the inherent risk of an activity and (b) breached their duty by severely departing from an industry standard, those questions must be resolved by a jury, not a court on summary judgment. The opinion provides additional clarity on what the court described as the “not well developed” question of “where to draw the line between ordinary and gross negligence as a legal matter.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” at 2020 Benchmark Litigation Awards Ceremony

Lieff Cabraser Named “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” at 2020 Benchmark Litigation Awards Ceremony

Firm also receives “Impact Litigation” awards for Fiat/Chrysler EcoDiesel fraud and Plains All American Oil Spill cases

Benchmark Litigation, the self-described “definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” held its ninth annual U.S. West Coast awards ceremony on Friday March 5th, at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, where it honored recipients with its 2020 litigation awards. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Establish Fund to Benefit Tornado Victims Across Tennessee

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Nashville, Tenn. – National plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) announce the creation of the “Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief Fund” through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide assistance to victims of the March 3, 2020 tornadoes across Tennessee. The fund allows attorneys and others in Tennessee and nationwide to contribute donations to relief efforts in Tennessee following the recent devastating tornadoes. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke recently with Education Week for the article “School Districts Are Suing JUUL Over Youth Vaping. Do They Stand a Chance?” on the role districts will play in the huge wave of litigation against e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul. For their part, school districts seek to recover the costs of smoking prevention programs, counseling, and treatment for addicted students – the same students JUUL allegedly targeted with their fraudulent and predatory vaping ad campaigns. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty in Upcoming March 2020 Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

Elizabeth Cabraser, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty in March 2020 Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

The Duke Law School Bolch Judicial Institute is holding its intensive 3-day mass-tort MDL instructional program beginning, Wednesday, March 11-13, 2020. Faculty will include two Duke Law professors, six experienced MDL judges, and 25 lawyers who have either served as preeminent mass-tort lead counsel or chaired specific-task MDL committees. The program is designed for both plaintiff and defense lawyers looking to transition into the tort and consumer mass-tort field who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments, and for those more experienced attorneys focused on refining their skills in the field. [Read more…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Grants Final Approval to Landmark $215M Settlement for Ex-Gynecologist’s Student Patients

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), on February 26, 2020, Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting final approval to the $215 million settlement between USC and a class of thousands of women who claim they were sexually abused by university doctor George Tyndall between 1989 and 2016. [Read more…]

Michelle Lamy To Be a Featured Panelist at Upcoming Stanford Law School “Women in Plaintiffs’ Law” Event

Michelle Lamy Stanford Law Event

Lieff Cabraser attorney Michelle Lamy will be participating in a panel discussion this Wednesday, February 26th, from 12:45-2:00 p.m. at Stanford Law School focusing on “Women in Plaintiffs’ Law.” The event will feature women who practice plaintiffs’ law and work at a variety of private and public interest firms around the Bay Area who will speak about their experiences as plaintiffs’ attorneys. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partners Sarah London and Robert Nelson to Speak at 2020 Consumer Attorneys of California Seminar in Sonoma

Lieff Cabraser Partners Sarah London and Robert Nelson to Speak at 2020 Consumer Attorneys of California Seminar in Sonoma

Lieff Cabraser partners Sarah R. London and Robert J. Nelson will be speaking at the 2020 Consumer Attorneys of California Sonoma Travel Seminar on Friday March 13th, 2020. Sarah will be featured on the panel “Trial Skills Quick Hits,” where she will speak on the multidistrict Juul injury and marketing fraud litigation, and Robert will be featured on the panel, “Arbitration – Strategies for Keeping Yourself Out and Winning If You’re Stuck In It,” where he will discuss “Avoiding Arbitration in the Class Action Setting.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Jonathan Selbin Profiled in Modern Counsel

Lieff Cabraser Partner Jonathan Selbin Profiled in Modern Counsel

Modern Counsel has profiled Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin in a piece entitled, “Jonathan Selbin Levels the Playing Field.” The profile highlights Jonathan’s long legacy of fighting for equal rights, a legacy he says was passed down from his parents who engaged heavily in civil rights work in the 1950’s and 1960’s and in Vietnam War protests in the 1960’s and 1970’s. As Jonathan explains, it was their activism that instilled in him the idea that staying neutral was tantamount to siding with the oppressors. [Read more…]

Daniel Chiplock Co-Authors Piece in Support of the SEC’s Continued Use of Disgorgement for the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

Daniel Chiplock Co-Writes Essay in Support of SEC Disgorgement Power

Lieff Cabraser partner Daniel P. Chiplock, along with Tyler Gellasch of the Healthy Markets Association and Andy Green of the Center for American Progress, wrote a piece published by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance in support of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s continued ability to compel disgorgement as a remedy in financial fraud cases. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument in March on whether the SEC may continue seeking disgorgement,  compelling giving-up of all ill-gotten gains—in civil enforcement proceedings. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser donates goods to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser donates goods to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser is proud to announce that it has organized an office building-wide drive to collect much-needed household goods for children in need at Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee. The successful drive resulted in the donation of several truckloads of goods including household items, clothing, books, and games. Youth Villages is a national organization that provides support for children and young people who face difficulty in emotional, mental, and behavioral areas. [Read more…]

David Stellings Discusses Plaintiff Perspectives on Multidistrict Litigation at University of Miami School of Law Class Action Forum

David Stellings Discusses Plaintiff Perspectives on Multidistrict Litigation at University of Miami School of Law Class Action Forum

On January 24, 2020, Lieff Cabraser partner David S. Stellings spoke at The University of Miami School of Law’s 2020 “Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum.” David and several other legal experts were featured on the panel “MDL—Who Wants One? Plaintiff, Defense and Judicial Perspectives on MDL Pros and Cons.” [Read more…]

Abby Wolf to Discuss Public Nuisance Law and Its Impact on the Opioid Litigation at Upcoming ABA Conference in Colorado

Abby Wolf ABA Conference Colorado

Lieff Cabraser attorney Abby R. Wolf will be speaking at the American Bar Association’s 2020 Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program taking place from January 29-31, 2020 at The Westin Snowmass Resort in Colorado. Abby will be featured on the panel “Mass Torts Committee Breakout: Public Nuisance Law and Its Impact on the Opioid Litigation and Future Mass Torts” on Friday, January 31st from 10:30-11:30am. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin to Discuss the USC Tyndall Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit at Berkeley Law

Annika K. Martin to Discuss the USC Tyndall Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit at Berkeley Law

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 12:40 – 2:00 p.m., Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will speak at Berkeley Law’s Lunch Talk event on the USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Litigation, in which Ms. Martin represents women who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested by former head USC gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. while they were students at the University of Southern California. Ms. Martin will explore the class action lawsuit and discuss how the recent $250 million settlement represents an important step forward for survivors. [Read more…]