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

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…]

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

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation

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…]

Northern California Wildfire Victims Secure PG&E Agreement to Provide $13.5 Billion in Compensation for Fire Victims

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Victims Must File Claims Before December 31, 2019 Court Deadline

San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2019 — The Official Tort Claimants Committee (“TCC”), representing fire victims and other tort claimants in Pacific Gas & Electric’s (“PG&E”) bankruptcy reorganization, announce an agreement with PG&E to provide $13.5 billion in compensation for the fire victims and other tort claimants. This agreement comes after months of the TCC negotiating with PG&E on behalf of fire victims and other claimants. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

On November 12, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos participated on an attorney panel at the Belmont Inn of Court’s “Addressing the Opioid Crisis” conference presented at Belmont University College of Law. Mark spoke on the topic, “State of the Opioid Crisis – An Inside Look at Litigation & Regulatory Solutions.” [Read more…]

Sarah London Appointed an Interim Plaintiff Leader in National Juul Litigation

Sarah London Appointed an Interim Plaintiff Leader in National Juul Litigation

As reported by Law.com (subscription), U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of the Northern District of California has appointed Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London along with three other attorneys to handle preliminary matters on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide in the the multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. [Read more…]

Three Lieff Cabraser Partners To Lead Discussions at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Three Lieff Cabraser Partners To Lead Discussions at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

The Fall 2019 “Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference” is being held this week from October 22-24 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos, Wendy R. Fleishman, and Sarah R. London will be participating in discussion panels at the conference. [Read more…]

Law.com Highlights Sarah London Among Lawyers Seeking to Lead Juul Lawsuits

Law.com Highlights Sarah London Among Lawyers Seeking to Lead Juul Lawsuits

Law.com highlights individual lawyers seeking leadership roles in Juul MDL

As reported by Law.com (subscription), a diverse set of nearly 50 lawyers have submitted proposals to lead the national multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. One of the proposed leadership teams includes Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London, and if approved would be one of the most diverse in multidistrict litigation history. The team includes ten women and three minority lawyers. The group may also add two additional women. [Read more…]

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

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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

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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…]