California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Victims can now bring suit for much older abuse cases that would in the past have been blocked by statutes of limitation

As reported by the Los Angeles Times and numerous other news outlets, California just passed a new law giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to report allegations and file lawsuits, and temporarily allowing previously time-barred sexual assault claims to be brought, joining multiple other states, including New York, in greatly expanding the statute of limitations for claims by sex abuse victims. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Multiple Teen Injury Lawsuits Against JUUL Over Stroke, Lung Collapse, and Seizure Related to E-Cigarette Use

Juul E-Cigarette Injuries

Three new separate Juul lawsuits filed in California state court advance claims for injuries, design defects, strict products liability, negligence, fraudulent concealment, among other claims

September 30, 2019—(SAN FRANCISCO)—The national plaintiffs’ law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces the filing of three separate injury and fraud lawsuits on behalf of teenagers from California and Illinois against JUUL Labs, Inc. in Superior Court in San Francisco. The suits bring claims for a variety of lung and cardiovascular injuries as well as common claims for strict products liability, design defects, failure to warn, negligence, failure to recall, fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation, and violations of California Unfair Competition Laws as well as violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act. [Read more…]

Wendy Fleishman Named Co-Lead Counsel in Riddell Sports Section of NFL Concussion Litigation

Football Concussions Litigation

Judge rules claims against Riddell Sports in National Football League Concussions Case can move forward

On September 27, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody named Lieff Cabraser and the Brad Sohn Law Firm as Lead Counsel for claims against helmet maker Riddell Sports Group Inc. The claims are part of the large nationwide multidistrict litigation continuing against the NFL over claims the football league should be held liable for the widespread and pervasive concussion-related injuries affecting multiple generations of professional football players. Judge Brody named Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman to represent former players with claims against Riddell. [Read more…]

Juul and Other ‘Daredevil’ Startups Break Rules and Play With Fire

Juul and Other ‘Daredevil’ Startups Break Rules and Play With Fire

New article in Medium highlights Juul Stroke Injury lawsuit and includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London

A new piece published in Marker, Medium’s business publication takes aim at ‘lawless’ startups, so-called “Daredevil Unicorns” worth a billion dollars or more, such as Uber, Airbnb, and Juul, who stand out for their unabashed readiness to break rules that almost everyone else observes and an “utter disregard for the societal rubble they leave behind.” [Read more…]

FDA Issues Official Warning to JUUL Labs Over Illegal Marketing Practices

FDA Issues Official Warning to JUUL Labs Over Illegal Marketing Practices

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration transmitted an official warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc. alleging violations of federal regulations by JUUL for marketing its e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes without approval from the FDA. The letter expressed serious governmental concerns and requested additional specific information from JUUL about its advertising targeted at youths and students in school. [Read more…]

Health Officials Say Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness on the Rise

Health Officials Say Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness on the Rise

Medical experts and federal health officials are warning the public of significant potential dangers of vaping and recommending the immediate stopping of e-cigarette use as the number of people with severe vaping-related lung illnesses has risen to 450 possible cases spanning 33 states, with four confirmed deaths. [Read more…]

Teens Hospitalized For Juul-Related Lung Damage Skyrocket in Numbers

Teens Hospitalized For Juul-Related Lung Damage Skyrocket in Numbers

CBS News reports that within the last month at least a dozen young people in Wisconsin ranging from teens to those in their mid-thirties have been hospitalized requiring treatment for severe lung damage, and that the number is steadily rising. All the affected patients appear to have been harmed by using Juul vaped tobacco products. [Read more…]

New York State and 18 Other Jurisdictions Drastically Expand Window on Child Sexual Abuse Cases

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Victims can now bring suit for much older abuse cases that would in the past have been blocked by statutes of limitation

Nonprofit think tank Child USA reports that no fewer than 19 jurisdictions in the United States are significantly expanding their windows on the prosecution of sexual abuse crimes. On August 14, 2019, New York State will be the first to do so by extending its criminal statute of limitations for felony prosecutions for sexual abuse to victims aged 28 and for misdemeanor prosecutions to victims aged 25. The new law will also allow civil claims against individuals and institutions to be brought by adults up to age 55, and removes the 90-day notice requirement for claims against public institutions. The new law further opens a 1-year “revival window” against individuals and institutions that will allow past abuse to be reported and prosecuted. This new mandate was signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Seek Relocation for Gilead Sciences Inferior HIV Drugs Trial

Plaintiffs Seek Relocation for Gilead Sciences Inferior HIV Drugs Trial

In lawsuits against pharma giant Gilead Sciences, plaintiffs across California allege they suffered ill effects from HIV drugs made and distributed by Gilead that were more harmful derivatives than other drugs the company had created but not sold until its stock of the inferior drugs was exhausted. As reported by the Daily Journal (subscription), attorneys for some of those plaintiffs are asking the judge to switch the case to a venue and location that would be more reachable and meaningful than the current Santa Clara County location. In an earlier tentative ruling, California Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman proposed that the 19 consolidated personal injury lawsuits be tried in Santa Clara County. Alternative venue suggestions include Alameda, San Francisco and Los Angeles counties. [Read more…]

USC/Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor Op-Ed: “USC Gynecologist George Tyndall Abused Me & My Fight For Justice Goes Beyond His Trial.”

Bustle USC/Tyndall Op-Ed

Bustle magazine has published a moving opinion piece written by USC alumna Shannon O’Conner, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. O’Conner, a television producer in Los Angeles, recounts the sense of relief she felt after Tyndall was charged with 29 felonies in June 2019. [Read more…]

Judge Rules Hotchkiss School Student Sexual Abuse Trial Will Move Forward

Hotchkiss

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden for the second time rejected a request by the attorneys representing the Hotchkiss School to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the prestigious college preparatory institution, ruling in favor of the plaintiff that a jury trial should take place. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Teen Who Suffered Massive Stroke From Juul Vaped Tobacco Products

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Teen Who Suffered Massive Stroke From Juul Vaped Tobacco Products

Lieff Cabraser has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs in California Superior Court on behalf of Maxwell Berger, a 22-year-old who suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke in July 2017 after becoming addicted to the company’s vaped tobacco products as a teenager. As a result of the stroke, Berger stayed over 100 days in the hospital and required three separate brain surgeries. Forbes notes that the lawsuit puts forth claims that Berger was left with “catastrophic and permanent injuries, such as left side paralysis, speech impairment and a 50% loss of vision from both eyes.” At the time of the incident, he was consuming two Juul-pods per day, the equivalent of smoking four full packs of old-style cigarettes. This case marks the first time the e-cigarette company has been sued over an injury this severe. [Read more…]

Women’s Health Alert: Recent Lawsuits Find Mesothelioma Linked to Use of Talcum Powder

talc

In a series of recent legal victories, women have won significant recoveries against talc manufacturers for mesothelioma they alleged was caused by long-term usage of talcum bath products, including those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. As mesothelioma has long been linked to asbestos exposure, these results substantiate accusations against J&J that it misled consumers for decades by stating its talc products were asbestos-free. [Read more…]

Juries Hold Monsanto Liable in Roundup Non Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Injury Lawsuits

Roundup Weed Killer

In March 2015, IARC (The International Agency for Research on Cancer) classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto Roundup, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” IARC also concluded that there was “strong” evidence for genotoxicity, both for “pure” glyphosate and for glyphosate formulations. [Read more…]

Claims Period Opens in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case

USC

On July 12, 2019, formal notice was sent to over 150,000 women identified as possible victims of the sexual predation and misconduct of USC gynecologist George Tyndall over the last several decades. Notice is being transmitted by email, direct mail, and social media, and the official settlement website for the case is now live at https://www.usctyndallsettlement.com. Women who wish to submit claims or learn more about the settlement and the claims process should visit the website at their earliest convenience for full information about the USC/Tyndall Sexual Abuse Litigation settlement. [Read more…]

Hotchkiss School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit to Go Forward After Court Ruling

Hotchkiss

As reported by Law.com, U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden (D. Conn.) has ruled that a former student’s lawsuit against the prestigious Hotchkiss School in Connecticut alleging sexual abuse by Roy Smith, a teacher at the school in the 1990s, may move forward. Though the judge dismissed a count of intentional infliction of emotional distress against Hotckhiss, he ruled that the case can proceed on the four other counts, those of breach of fidicuary duty, recklessness, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. [Read more…]

Recall of Valsartan Blood Pressure Medication Expanded to Some Lots of Losartan Over Similar Fears of Carcinogen Tainting

Losartan Recall

As reported by CBS News, Macleods Pharmaceuticals is recalling another 32 lots of its widely used blood pressure medication Losartan that was sold nationwide, after finding the medication contained trace amounts of a probable carcinogen known as NMBA. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Lexi J. Hazam Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in California Woolsey Fire Cases

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

On June 21, 2019, Judge William F. Highberger of the Superior Court of California issued a Case Management Order naming Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Personal Injury practice group Lexi J. Hazam as Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the coordinated Woolsey Fire Cases relating to the devastating 2018 fire that burned more than 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. [Read more…]

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

On June 17, 2019, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint in the consumer fraud litigation against Teva, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Solco Healthcare based on reports that huge amounts of the hypertension drug Valsartan, the generic equivalent of the hypertension drug Diovan, were contaminated with a carcinogen called NDMA. This contamination and the subsequent sale and marketing of the tainted Valsartan perpetrated fraud and violation of warranties on the patient population for Valsartan, as well as violating other laws relating to the safe sale and distribution of prescription drugs. [Read more…]