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

High-cost mortgage loans

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…]

Lieff Cabraser’s The R-23s: Banding Together To End Domestic Violence 2017

Lieff Cabraser’s The R-23s: Banding Together To End Domestic Violence 2017

Lieff Cabraser’s band, The R-23s, will be playing at the 5th annual attorney Battle-of-the-Bands fundraiser “Banding Together to End Domestic Violence” on June 14, 2017 at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, California. This fundraiser will benefit the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), a nonprofit organization that represents domestic violence survivors and their families before the California Court of Appeals. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Clears Way for Cities to Sue Major Banks Over Discriminatory Lending Practices

Major Banks Unfair Illegal Lending Practices

On Monday May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities have standing to sue major banks over the kinds of discriminatory lending practices that caused significant harm to low-income neighborhoods through and after the foreclosure crisis and the 2008 recession. Until now, the banks claimed that while forbidding racial discrimination, the Fair Housing Act protected only individuals who suffered discrimination, not entire cities. [Read more…]

Federal Court Authorizes Class Actions to Assure Fairness for Veterans’ Claims

Federal Court Authorizes Class Actions to Assure Fairness for Veterans' Claims

April 26, 2017–(Washington, DC)–In the summer of 2016, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of Administrative Law Professors and Complex Litigation Law Professors in Monk v. Shulkin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in support of Conley F. Monk, Jr.’s petition to certify a class action over the claims of thousands of veterans whose benefits claims had been delayed or denied. Citing in part that amicus brief, on April 26, 2017, the Court issued a precedential opinion holding, for the first time, that the Veterans Courts have authority to certify classes in the absence of an express Rule 23 or similar device to promote efficiency and fairness. [Read more…]

San Francisco Federal Judge Grants Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Stopping Enforcement of Executive Order Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

The Constitution of the United States of America

In January and February of 2017, the City and County of San Francisco (California) and the County of Santa Clara (California) filed lawsuits to stop enforcement of President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.” These complaints were ultimately supported by 36 cities and counties in California and across the country, from Jersey City to New Orleans to Seattle, and all parts in between. On April 14, 2017, the Court heard arguments on the Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction against the executive order as unconstitutional and harmful to the public nationwide. On April 25, 2017, Judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the Plaintiffs’ request and issued a nationwide preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the executive order against jurisdictions deemed sanctuary jurisdictions. [Read more…]

Los Angeles Opposes Trump Withholding Federal Money from Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary Cities Fight

As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles is one of 36 jurisdictions that filed brief in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday opposing an executive order threatening to keep federal funds away from sanctuary cities. San Francisco has a pending lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Trump’s intended financial punishment of cities that fail to fall into lockstep with a federal immigration crackdown. A similar brief was filed a week earlier by a similar group of affected jurisdictions in support of a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara on the same issue. [Read more…]