Voting Rights Advocates Challenge Unsafe and Unequal Elections in Texas during a Pandemic 

Voting Rights

Complaint Filed on behalf of Mi Familia Vota, the Texas NAACP, and individual Texas voters seeks to ensure that Texas in-person voters will be able to cast their votes safely.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 15, 2020) – Today, Mi Familia Vota, the Texas NAACP, and individual Texas voters filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas challenging Texas’s in-person election practices, which are unsafe, high risk, and unequal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Free Speech For People, the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, and the law firm of Lyons & Lyons represent the plaintiffs in this case. [Read more…]

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge: LCHB’s Work Spreading Across the Legal Community

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. - James Baldwin

In February of 2020, Lieff Cabraser’s Employment Practice Group embarked on the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge founded by diversity expert, Eddie Moore, Jr.  This project invites participants to develop their own syllabus of 21 short assignments (essays, podcasts, videos, etc.) to enhance their depth of understanding around the intersections of power, privilege, supremacy, equity, and race. Lieff Cabraser’s team developed and curated their syllabus to focus on the experiences of Black Americans, with the understanding that any 21-day project would necessarily only touch the surface of community experiences and opinions, and also would not be a substitute for learning about the separate histories, joys, and challenges of other communities of color. After completing the project, the Group was excited to share the syllabus firm-wide as an optional tool for all of Lieff Cabraser to expand awareness, compassion, and active engagement in the quest for racial equity. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Rules Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status is Unlawful

US Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender status is unlawful. Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-1618, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 18-107 ___ S.Ct. ___, 2020 WL 3146686 (June 15, 2020). The Supreme Court stated that “[a]n employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Establish Fund to Benefit Tornado Victims Across Tennessee

Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. – National plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) announce the creation of the “Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief Fund” through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide assistance to victims of the March 3, 2020 tornadoes across Tennessee. The fund allows attorneys and others in Tennessee and nationwide to contribute donations to relief efforts in Tennessee following the recent devastating tornadoes. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser donates goods to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser donates goods to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser is proud to announce that it has organized an office building-wide drive to collect much-needed household goods for children in need at Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee. The successful drive resulted in the donation of several truckloads of goods including household items, clothing, books, and games. Youth Villages is a national organization that provides support for children and young people who face difficulty in emotional, mental, and behavioral areas. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s Evan Ballan Wins Pro Bono Victory for Elderly San Francisco Widow

Lieff Cabraser's Evan Ballan Wins Pro Bono Victory for Elderly SF Widow

We are proud to report that Lieff Cabraser associate Evan Ballan has won a pro bono victory in San Francisco Superior Court for an elderly San Francisco widow in a debt collection lawsuit wherein she was sued by a collections clearinghouse that had purchased her credit card debt. Thanks to Evan’s fierce advocacy, the client not only avoided trial, but received an early “Christmas Miracle” of seeing the entire lawsuit dismissed by the court with prejudice. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Summer Associates Team up With SF Bar Justice and Diversity Center to Provide Free Legal Help in the Community

Lieff Cabraser Summer Associates Team up With SF Bar Justice and Diversity Center to Provide Free Legal Help in the Community

Every year Lieff Cabraser lawyers participate in a summer associate pro bono project organized through the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center. This year, under the supervision of Lieff Cabraser attorneys Phong Nguyen and Michael Levin-Gesundheit, Lieff Cabraser summer associates Hope Brinn and Nick Lee developed the factual and legal record to help a local man secure the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits that he deserved and had previously been denied. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorney Leah Nutting Secures Asylum for Persecuted Brazilian Refugee

Lieff Cabraser Attorney Leah Nutting Secures Asylum for Persecuted Brazilian Refugee

Abused by his family and subjected to electroshock and forced gay conversion therapy, pro bono client sought asylum in the U.S.

We are proud to announce that we received notice late last week that the firm’s pro bono client, John Doe, was granted asylum in the U.S. in the wake of years of torment and abuse. The client, a gay man from Brazil, was subjected by his family to gay conversion therapy and electroconvulsive treatments throughout his childhood in an attempt to “cure” his homosexuality. On account of his sexual orientation, he was also physically abused by family members and attacked by members of his community. After coming to the U.S., he was unable to return to Brazil out of fear for his life. [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…]

Humane Society Announces Conclusion of Reconciliation Process Aimed at Improving its Workplace Culture

Humane Society Announces Conclusion of Critical Reconciliation Process

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody Commends the Society’s Efforts, Applauds the ‘Courageous Women Who Came Forward’ to Initiate the Transformation – “A tremendous day for HSUS and for the future of the animal welfare movement.”

On October 1, 2018, the Humane Society of the United States announced a Reconciliation Process to improve the organization for the benefit of all HSUS employees and volunteers. On March 12, 2019, the Co-Chairs of the HSUS Board of Directors issued a message to the organization regarding the conclusion of that Reconciliation Process. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Will Perform at Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco

Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco

Law Rocks Global presents its Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco rock and roll extravaganza on April 25, 2019 at The Chapel in San Francisco, featuring 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…]

Lieff Cabraser Rock Stars Volunteer at SF-Marin Food Bank for 2018 Food From the Bar Drive

Lieff Cabraser Rock Stars Volunteer at SF-Marin Food Bank for 2018 Food From the Bar Drive

Lieff Cabraser staff donated their time and effort to volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank as part of Lieff Cabraser’s 2018 commitment to Food From The Bar. A huge thanks to team members Diamond Lewis, Xiang Li, Tannah Hess, Mary Laing, Leah Nutting, Rebecca Krause, Cayla Gordon and Cameron Miller for making LCHB’s Food From The Bar Volunteer Day a success. Volunteers worked to sort and package food for soup kitchens and neighborhood pantries served by the Food Bank, and had a great time doing it. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Sponsors 25th Anniversary Dinner of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Lieff Cabraser Sponsors 25th Anniversary Dinner of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Last Friday’s deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas was the 22nd school shooting in the United States since the start of 2018. The gun violence crisis in the U.S. impacts every community across the country. Each year, 125,000 Americans are shot – leaving us with over one million casualties dealing with gun violence from the last decade alone. Something must be done to change these statistics. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief to Help Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief to Help Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

A coalition of six organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to work to help eliminate discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace. This brief marks the first time that LGBT rights groups have joined together in a non-marriage case at the Supreme Court as amici curiae. [Read more…]

6th Annual Law Rocks Featuring Lieff Cabraser’s R23s is Fast Approaching

6th Annual Law Rocks Featuring Lieff Cabraser's R23s is Fast Approaching

Law Rocks Global’s Sixth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco event is coming up on April 19, 2018. The event will take place at The Chapel in San Francisco and features seven legal professional bands in a “Battle of the Bands” benefit for local nonprofits. Lieff Cabraser’s band, The R-23s, will be performing at the concert in support of Ms. JD, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the representation of women in the legal profession. [Read more…]

Sedona Conference Announces Publication of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2) Primer: Practice Pointers for Responding to Discovery Requests

Sedona Conference Announces Publication of the Rule 34(b)(2) Primer on Responding to Discovery Requests

The Sedona Conference and its Working Group on Electronic Document Retention & Production (WG1) have announced the publication of The Sedona Conference Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2) Primer: Practice Pointers for Responding to Discovery Requests. Led by the Co-Editor-in-Chief efforts of Martin T. Tully and Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin, the Primer is the result of several months of review and analysis by a diverse team of Working Group 1 members. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Perform at Sixth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Perform at Sixth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco

Law Rocks Global presents the Sixth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco event on April 19, 2018 at The Chapel in San Francisco, featuring seven bands composed of legal professionals in a “Battle of the Bands” benefit for local nonprofits. Lieff Cabraser’s band, The R-23s, will be one of the bands performing at the concert in support of the nonprofit Ms. JD, whose mission is to increase the representation of women in the legal profession. [Read more…]

Yurok Tribe Files Federal RICO Case Against Titans of Pharmaceutical Industry

Opioids Lawsuits

Court case aims to stem opioid epidemic on rural reservation, the United States

The Yurok Tribe filed in federal court a RICO case against the pharmaceutical giants that are alleged to be responsible for the surging opioid epidemic in the United States and on the Yurok Reservation. [Read more…]