Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File First Class Action Lawsuit Against Carnival & Princess Cruise Lines Over Coronavirus Exposures on Mexico Grand Princess Cruise

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More than 2,000 passengers affected; lawsuit follows similar April 2020 class action against Carnival/Princess over February Hawaii Cruise

The law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Mary Alexander & Associates, and Nelson & Fraenkel, LLP have filed the first class action lawsuit on behalf of the more than 2,800 passengers negligently exposed to COVID-19 on the Princess Cruise Lines Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco to Mexico from February 11, 2020 through February 21, 2020. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Mary Alexander File Class Action Against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines in Los Angeles Federal Court Alleging Extreme Negligence

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Lieff Cabraser and Mary Alexander announce the filing of a class action lawsuit in Federal Court in L.A. against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines alleging that these companies negligently spread the COVID-19 pandemic among their own passengers and crew. More than 60 individuals who were passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship in February 2020 filed the lawsuit alleging gross negligence on the part of both cruise lines in the handling of passenger health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak. [Read more…]

New York Votes to Extend Child Victims Act ‘Look-Back’ Window for Reporting Sexual Abuse

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

The New York State Legislature has approved a bill extending the Child Victims Act that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse more time to bring lawsuits for allegations that occurred even decades ago. As reported by Law.com (subscription), on Wednesday, lawmakers in the state voted to extend the legal “look-back” window by an extra year, officially pushing the filing deadline for new claims to August 2021. [Read more…]

Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling Talc-Containing Baby Powder in U.S. & Canada

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As reported by The Wall Street Journal, health-products giant Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will discontinue the sale of its talc-containing Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada, citing lowered sales in the wake of widespread litigation over alleged links between the powder and ovarian cancer in women who used the product for years. [Read more…]

House Committee Opens Probe Into Carnival Cruise Lines Alleged Mishandling of COVID-19 Outbreaks

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Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has opened an investigation into Carnival Cruise Line’s allegedly negligent mishandling of the deadly Coronavirus outbreaks that have resulted in over 1,500 confirmed infections on its cruise ships as well as the deaths of dozens of passengers and crew members. [Read more…]

Carnival Cruise Execs Knew Early About Coronavirus Problem But Chose to “Keep Party Going”

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As reported by Bloomberg Businessweek, more than 1,500 passengers on Carnival’s cruise ship lines have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic, and at least several dozen have died from the illness. Information has emerged revealing that Carnival cruise ship execs knew earlier than most just how bad the coronavirus problem was aboard their fleet, but chose to “keep the party going for as long as possible.” [Read more…]

Mary Alexander and Lieff Cabraser Announce Federal Class Action Injury Lawsuit Against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines Over COVID-19 Outbreak on California to Hawaii Cruise

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Lawsuit filed in Northern District of California alleges negligent and grossly negligent exposure of over 2,000 cruise ship passengers to novel Coronavirus

San Francisco–(BUSINESSWIRE)– Passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship have filed a class action injury lawsuit today in San Francisco Federal Court alleging they were exposed to the Coronavirus as a result of gross negligence by the companies that own and operate the ship. The law firms of Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP represent passengers of the Grand Princess cruise that departed San Francisco for Hawaii on February 21, 2020. The lawsuit is against Carnival, Princess Cruise Lines, and Fairline Shipping International Ltd. (the vessel’s owner). [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…]

PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Over Deaths in 2018 Camp Fire

Northern California wildfire victims, including those who suffered injury and losses as a result of the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires, have only until October 21, 2019 to file proof of claims against PG&E.

Second set of criminal convictions in just five years places PG&E among the most criminally-convicted companies in US history

As reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Gas and Electricity Co. (PG&E) has agreed to plead guilty to 85 felony counts for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record. The felonies include 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire resulting from a downed PG&E power line. The Camp Fire in Butte County destroyed as many as 19,000 structures and almost completely leveled the town of Paradise. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Move to Consolidate Fraud & Injury Lawsuits in Nationwide Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), plaintiffs in Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury cases united to file two consolidated complaints on Wednesday, unifying allegations that the vaping powerhouse caused widespread lung injuries by aggressively and fraudulently marketing its devices to underage teens and younger children. [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…]

Sarah London Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation

Sarah London Appointed to Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation

On February 5, 2020, Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng of the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London  to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation. Sarah will lead the litigation on behalf of patients across California who allege they suffered kidney and bone injuries from HIV drugs made and distributed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences, Inc. [Read more…]

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $344 Million for Selling Transvaginal Mesh Implants Despite Known Health Risks

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), a California federal judge has ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay nearly $344 million in civil penalties for misleading consumers about the true health risks associated with its pelvic mesh products. The trailblazing suit was brought by California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, who in a statement touting the judge’s decision said that “J&J knew of the dangers of its mesh products but had prioritized its profits over women’s health.” [Read more…]

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

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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…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Signals Approval of Landmark $215M Settlement for Ex-Gynecologist’s Patients

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On Monday January 6, 2020 a federal judge in Los Angeles signaled that he would give final approval to USC’s landmark, $215-million federal class-action settlement with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, who has been accused of sexual abuse and misconduct relating to tens of thousands of female patients while he was the head gynecologist at the USC student health center for over two decades. [Read more…]

Sarah London Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

Sarah London Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

On December 20, 2019, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of the Northern District of California issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London  as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in the nationwide multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. [Read more…]

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation From Fund Set Up By Six California Catholic Dioceses

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Survivors need to be aware of fast-approaching January 31, 2020 deadline for all claims

Individuals who were sexually abused by priests across six California Catholic dioceses now have the option to file claims to receive money from a new independent compensation program managed outside the church. The Independent Compensation Program (“ICP”), initially announced in May of this year, is a part of an ongoing effort by the Dioceses to repair their relationships with their communities and offer restitution for past abuses. [Read more…]

Uber Safety Report Shows Nearly 6,000 Incidents of Sexual Assault Over Past Two Years

Uber Safety Report Shows Nearly 6,000 Incidents of Sexual Assault Over Past Two Years

Uber recently released a highly-anticipated safety report, wherein the ridesharing giant, revealed that it received 5,981 reports of serious sexual assault in the U.S. during 2017 and 2018. The claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to outright rape, with almost 500 incidents of rape reported. [Read more…]