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…]

Kelly Dermody A Featured Panelist at American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference

Kelly Dermody A Featured Panelist at American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will speak as a distinguished panelist at the American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will be featured on a panel titled “#MeToo and Beyond: Addressing Sexual Harassment, Pay Inequity and Other Forms of Gender Discrimination in the International Workplace.” [Read more…]

New Film ‘When Rules Don’t Apply’ Spotlights Successful Antitrust Challenges to Illegal High-Tech Labor Practices

When Rules Don’t Apply Film

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

In the wake of the successful and precedent-setting lawsuit against numerous tech giants of Silicon Valley, David Donnenfield of Full Frame Productions and Kevin White of Filmmakers Collaborative SF have released “When Rules Don’t Apply,” a new short film highlighting the pivotal legal antitrust actions brought by Lieff Cabraser and its co-counsel against Google, Apple, eBay and other major hi-tech players over the illegal suppression of employee wages and restrictions on employee mobility. [Read more…]

7th Annual Law Rocks Featuring Lieff Cabraser’s R23s is Fast Approaching

7th Annual Law Rocks

Law Rocks Global Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco rock and roll extravaganza is coming up on April 25, 2019. The event will take place at The Chapel in San Francisco and features seven bands composed of local legal professionals in a “Battle of the Bands” benefit for area nonprofits. Lieff Cabraser’s band, The R-23s, will be one of the bands performing at the concert, participating in support of the nonprofit The Arc of the East Bay, 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. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to Discuss Equal Pay Act and #TimesUp Movement at Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Conference

Kelly Dermody to Discuss Equal Pay Act and #TimesUp Movement at Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be discussing the Equal Pay Act and the #TimesUp Movement at the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Conference, on Friday, March 22, 2019 at The Four Seasons in Las Vegas. [Read more…]