Justice & Diversity Center’s Summer Associate Program Teaches Advocacy Skills Through Community Service

From left, Sarah Chen, Jeremy Pilaar, Aisha Saad, Phong Nguyen and Melissa Gardner

Summer associates from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein teamed up with San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center earlier this year to help a woman get her proper Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) benefits. (Shown in photo, from left, are Sarah Chen, Jeremy Pilaar, Aisha Saad, Phong Nguyen, and Melissa Gardner.) [Read more…]

Judge Permanently Blocks Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Order

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Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has permanently blocked the President’s order attempting to cut federal funding from cities that restrict cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. As the SF Gate reports, Judge Orrick spurned administration arguments that the sought-for Executive Order only applied to a small portion of federal monies and was therefore not an improper limit on funds already approved by Congress. “President Trump might be able to tweet whatever comes to mind, but he can’t grant himself new authority because he feels like it,” the judge said in a statement. [Read more…]

Domestic Violence Victims Get New Tool to Fight Back Against Cyber Abuse

Domestic Violence Victims Get New Tool to Fight Back Against Cyber Abuse

The 3rd District Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman can get a restraining order against her ex-husband despite living thousands of miles away – “a first-of-its-kind decision that will give victims a new tool to use to fight back against cyber abuse,” reported The Daily Journal. [Read more…]

CFPB Under Big Bank Attack for Upholding Consumers’ Rights

CFPB Under Big Bank Attack for Upholding Consumers' Rights

The Huffington Post has published an important op-ed piece by Paul Bland, Executive Director of Public Justice, about the banking industry’s increasingly dishonest and desperate attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new forced arbitration ban that is intended to allow consumers to be able to work together via class action lawsuits to defend their rights in the face of fraud and predatory practices by banks. The banks want the rule destroyed so that they can be left unaccountable for the kinds of fraud and predatory actions that have made recurrent and shocking headlines over the last several years. [Read more…]

Hawaii Judge Blocks Latest Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Blocks Latest Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the White House from implementing its latest version of a travel ban, which was set to go into full effect on October 18th. This newest iteration of the ban, issued on September 24th, aimed to indefinitely bar travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela from entering the United States. [Read more…]

48 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Reject the Government Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Cases Seeking to Block the Trump Administration’s Threats Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

48 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Reject Government Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Cases Seeking To Block the Trump Administration’s Threats Against Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Diverse Coalition of Jurisdictions Says President Trump’s Executive Order Threatening Withholding of Funds is Unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (BusinessWire) —Forty-eight cities and counties across the country are asking a federal court to reject the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismiss cases seeking to halt President Trump’s Executive Order that threatens the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.”  The coalition filed an amicus brief in San Francisco federal court today to support the cases filed by the County of Santa Clara and the City and County of San Francisco, explaining that the Executive Order is unconstitutional and that the public will suffer irreparable harm unless the court leaves its preliminary injunction in place.  The cases, County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Case No. 5:17-cv-00574, and City and County of San Francisco v. Trump, Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, are currently pending before the Honorable United States Judge William H. Orrick. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Named “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” for 2017

Lieff Cabraser's R-23s Named Best Lawyer Band in the Bay for 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s have been named the 2017 “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” after playing their way to victory at the annual Family Violence Appellate Project “Battle of the Bands.” The R-23s rocked the rafters with a set including I Fought the Law, Heard it Through the Grapevine, and Steppin’ Stone in FVAP’s Banding Together to End Domestic Violence event on June 14 at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, winning not just Best Band bragging rights but also bringing in $15,378 toward the event’s total contribution of $156,000 to help California survivors of domestic violence. Now that really rocks! [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Refuses to Undo Injunction Against Trump’s Revised Ban on Travel

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Refuses to Undo Injunction Against Trump's Revised Ban on Travel

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has preserved the preliminary injunction issued March 15, 2017 against President Trump’s revised travel ban on nationals from six targeted Muslim-majority countries, indicating that the blocked order provides insufficient justification for the suspension of travel into the U.S. for visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Staff Pitches in at SF Food Bank to Kick Off 2017 Food From the Bar Drive

Lieff Cabraser Staff Pitches in at SF Food Bank to Kick Off 2017 Food From the Bar Drive

On Friday May 19th, five Lieff Cabraser paralegals donated their time and efforts to voluteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank as part of Lieff Cabraser’s 2017 commitment to Food From The Bar. Corrie Anderson, Ali Brilliant, Diamond Lewis, Rami Bata, and Eileen Beltran (in photo, above) all 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…]

City of Philadelphia Files Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo for Discriminatory Lending

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Lawsuit Alleges the Bank Targeted Minority Borrowers with High-Cost Loans

The City of Philadelphia has filed a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania claiming that Wells Fargo has engaged in discriminatory lending practices that target minority borrowers. The Complaint alleges that commencing in 2004 and continuing through the present, Wells Fargo violated the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) by steering African-American and Latino borrowers towards high-cost or high-risk loans even where those borrowers’ credit permitted them to obtain more advantageous loans. [Read more…]