Daily Journal Names Elizabeth Cabraser A “2019 Top Plaintiffs’ Lawyer”

Daily Journal Names Elizabeth Cabraser A “2019 Top Plaintiffs’ Lawyer"

The Daily Journal has named Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser to its annual listing of “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” recognized for her groundbreaking work in personal injury and environmental law. The Journal uses its Top Plaintiff Lawyer awards to acknowledge attorneys’ active involvement in significant cases that make a difference in California and the world. [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in California Woolsey Fire Cases

Lexi J. Hazam Appointed Co-Lead in California Woolsey Fire Cases

Judge William F. Highberger has announced the appointment of Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam as one of Plaintiff’s Leadership Counsel in the Woolsey Fires case for purposes of administration of two upcoming bellwether trials relating to the devastating 2018 fire that burned more than 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Judge Highberger noted that appointing a leadership group for the cases was necessary due to the complexities of the mass tort cases. The initial bellwether trials are slated to start in January of 2020. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Take on New Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Take on New Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Kenneth S. Byrd will take on new leadership roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for the 2019-2020 year. Mark has been elected Vice President of the TTLA, after previously serving as Treasurer and Secretary, and will continue to serve as the Treasurer of the TTLA’s Political Action Committee, “Lawyers Involved for Tennessee” (LIFT). For his part, Kenny was re-elected to the TTLA Board of Governors. [Read more…]

Sarah London to Speak at American Association for Justice’s Annual Mass Torts Seminar

Sarah London to Speak at American Association for Justice’s Annual Mass Torts Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London will be speaking at the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) annual mass torts seminar, “Everything You Want to Know About Mass Torts (But Are too Afraid to Ask),” at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 26, 2019. Sarah will be discussing the basics of Mass Tort Litigation in a presentation entitled “MDL 101.” The seminar will feature some of the nation’s leading mass tort litigators who will provide a comprehensive view of the critical aspects and nuances of litigating mass tort cases. [Read more…]

Michael Miarmi to Discuss Delaware Investor Law Issues at Council of Institutional Investors Webinar

Michael Miarmi Delaware Law Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Michael Miarmi will be presenting a webinar entitled “Delaware Law Update: What Investors Need to Know” for the Council of Institutional Investors on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm. The webinar will feature a panel discussion that explores the critical role Delaware law plays in shaping business, both in the United States and around the world, as a result of its advanced general corporation law and dedicated business court, the Delaware Court of Chancery. [Read more…]

Erwin Chemerinsky to Present First 2019 Elizabeth Cabraser Summer Lecture: “The Supreme Court Term in Review: 2018–2019,” presented by Legal Aid at Work

EJC Summer Lecture Series, Erwin Chemerinsky

As part of its 2019 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series, local Bay Area nonprofit Legal Aid at Work will present, “The Supreme Court Term in Review: 2018–2019,” a lecture by famed constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law  and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. The lecture will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:30pm at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco. The lecture series, named in honor of Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, strives to present a wide spectrum of topics and views affecting public interest law. [Read more…]

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys Selects Wendy R. Fleishman as one of the “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in New York”

Wendy Fleishman AIOPIA Award

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) has announced its recognition of Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman as one of the “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in the State of New York for Client Satisfaction.” In compiling its annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state, attorney rating organization AIOPIA places a major emphasis on “selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalist for 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

State Farm

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team has been named finalists for the 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. The award celebrates and recognizes “the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered grave injustice or abuse.” The Trial Lawyer of the Year award will be presented at Public Justice’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner on Monday, July 29 in San Diego. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin Comments on DOJ Claims About Abusive Consumer Class Actions

Jonathan Selbin Comments on DOJ Claims About Abusive Consumer Class Actions

In Ohio federal court lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice are seeking to reverse a proposed class action settlement that would give consumers $72.50 coupons for defective pressure cookers that allegedly cause scalding hot contents to erupt, in some cases causing users to suffer from second and third degree burns. [Read more…]

Kenny Byrd to Serve in Leadership Role on Early Vetting Committee in 3M Combat Arms Earplug Defects Hearing Damage Litigation

Kenny Byrd to Serve in Leadership Role on Early Vetting Committee in 3M Combat Arms Earplug Defects Hearing Damage Litigation

On May 22, 2019, Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser partner Kenny S. Byrd to the Early Vetting Committee in the nationwide product defect lawsuit against 3M relating to allegations that for over a decade, 3M provided defective earplugs to men and women in the U.S. military. Complaints in numerous lawsuits allege that the ear plugs, distributed between 2002 and 2015, were too short for proper insertion into users’ ears, putting users at risk for permanent hearing loss, hearing impairment, and tinnitus. [Read more…]

Kelly M. Dermody Moderates “Gender Equality in the #MeToo World” Discussion at National Equal Opportunity Law Florida Conference

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At the April 3, 2019 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity in Coral Gables, Florida, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody moderated the opening event, a plenary discussion focusing on “gender equality in the #MeToo World” with lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick (Newsweek and Slate) and the Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissioner and Acting Chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody To Speak at 45th Annual American Bar Association National Conference on Professional Responsibility

Kelly Dermody To Speak at 45th Annual American Bar Association National Conference on Professional Responsibility

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be speaking on Thursday, May 30th at the American Bar Association’s 45th Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Vancouver, BC as part of a panel discussion on “Harassment and Discrimination in the Rule 8.4(g) and #Metoo Era.” The panel will address how law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies and the legal profession itself should respond to claims of discrimination and harassment; explore the role of general and ethics counsel in addressing and preventing the problems; and review recommended practices for addressing and preventing harassment and other discriminatory conduct in organizations that employ lawyers. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Receives Daily Journal’s “2019 Top Women Lawyers” Recognition

Elizabeth Cabraser Receives Daily Journal’s “2019 Top Women Lawyers” Recognition

The Daily Journal has published its annual listing of Top Women Lawyers in California, which includes 12th-time selection for Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser. The Top Women Lawyers award recognizes exemplary female attorney trailblazers and changemakers who are actively involved in cutting-edge work with the most influential impact across the legal field. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in National Valsartan Contamination Fraud Litigation

Rachel Geman Appointed to Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in National Valsartan Contamination Fraud Litigation

On May 6, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Economic Reimbursement Steering Committee in the national consumer fraud Valsartan contamination litigation in federal court in New Jersey, In Re: Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2875. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Comments on New Tennessee Rules Requiring Preservation of Auto Defect Evidence

Mark Chalos Comments on New Tennessee Rules Requiring Preservation of Auto Defect Evidence

Proposed rule will require parties in vehicle injury settlements to preserve accident vehicles if destroying them would hurt other cases

The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court was requested to issue a Formal Ethics Opinion regarding the ethical propriety of a settlement agreement in a products liability case which contains as a material condition of the settlement that the subject vehicle alleged to be defective be destroyed. In response, the Board has issued a new ethics opinion seeking to change the requirements for preserving evidence in product liability lawsuits that result in settlements, making it illegal for the parties thereto to agree to destroy evidence in some instances. The formal ethics opinion reads “[i]t is improper for an attorney to propose or accept a provision in a settlement agreement, in a products liability case, that requires destruction of the subject vehicle alleged to be defective if that action will restrict the attorney’s representation of other clients.” [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to Speak at Berkeley Law’s Worldwide #MeToo Movement Conference

Kelly Dermody to Speak at Berkeley Law’s Worldwide #MeToo Movement Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will speak at The World Wide #MeToo Movement: Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence Conference, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Kelly will moderate a panel discussing “The Role of Non-Disclosure Agreements” in sexual misconduct cases. Panelists include legal experts in the fields of equality, discrimination, and human rights. [Read more…]

Help Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Support FVAP Battle of the Bands 2019: “Banding Together to End Domestic Violence”

R-23s FVAP 2019

Our First fund-raising challenge ends Wednesday, May 8th at noon – we have two days to raise as much money as possible on our voting page to win 5 extra minutes of stage time!

Lieff Cabraser’s house band The R-23s will be returning to the competitive stage at the upcoming 2019 “Banding Together to End Domestic Violence” annual battle-of-the-bands fundraiser on June 20th at The Chapel in San Francisco.  Held every summer in San Francisco (June) and Los Angeles (July), the Banding Together fundraiser benefits the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), whose mission is to keep domestic violence survivors safe and create legal precedents in favor of survivors throughout the state. FVAP is dedicated to empowering survivors, helping them get the safety and justice they deserve, and overturning court decisions that put their children at risk of ongoing abuse. [Read more…]

Sarah R. London Speaks at Bridgeport Class Action Litigation & Management Conference

Sarah London speaks at 2019 Bridgeport Class Action Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London speaks today at the “Bridgeport Class Action Litigation & Management Conference” at The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. At this year’s event, which includes both plaintiff and defense panelists, Sarah will discuss various cases pending before the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court that will affect class action litigation.
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UC Hastings Law Hosts Screening of New Documentary Film: “When Rules Don’t Apply” About the Historic High-Tech Antitrust Employment Lawsuit

When Rules Don’t Apply Film

The half-hour film includes interviews with Lieff Cabraser Antitrust & Employment Law partner Dean Harvey on the civil Apple/Google/Intel et al. lawsuit initiated by our firm

UC Hastings College of the Law along with Filmmakers Collaborative and Tech Workers Coalition will be hosting a screening of the new documentary, “When Rules Don’t Apply,” a film highlighting the recent groundbreaking antitrust employment case brought by Lieff Cabraser and its co-counsel against Google, Apple, Intel, eBay and other major Silicon Valley hi-tech players over their illegal suppression of employee wages and improper restrictions on employee mobility. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on “A New Role for an Old Rule: Antitrust in the 21st Century,” moderated by Professor Veena Dubal of UC Hastings College of the Law and featuring experts from the film including Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey, along with other distinguished guests.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the UC Hastings Alumni Reception Center in San Francisco. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s The R-23s Compete in Law Rocks San Francisco’s “Battle of the Bands” 2019 Benefit Concert

Lieff Cabraser’s The R-23s Compete in Law Rocks San Francisco’s “Battle of the Bands” 2019 Benefit Concert

Last Thursday at The Chapel in San Francisco, eight legal professional bands, including Lieff Cabraser’s powerhouse R-23s, came together to perform at the Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco “Battle of the Bands” fundraising event for local Bay Area nonprofits. The R-23s rocked out in support of The Arc of the East Bay, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide advocacy, support and education to individuals and families living in East Bay communities who are affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s benefit raised over $136,000, the most yet in the event’s seven-year run of fundraising to support local charities like The Arc of the East Bay. [Read more…]