Berkeley Law Launches Path-Breaking Consumer Law Center

Elizabeth Cabraser

Major Gift Launches New Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice

Berkeley Law is launching a new center that aims to make the school a national and global leader in the study, research, and practice of consumer law. Established by a founding gift from renowned litigator and Berkeley Law alumna Elizabeth Cabraser, the Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice is the first of its kind among top-tier law schools. [Read more…]

56 Cities and Counties Ask 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Affirm District Court’s Nationwide Injunction Against Trump Administration’s Executive Order Threatening Withdrawal of Funds from “Sanctuary” Jurisdictions

Sanctuary Cities Fight

Fifty-six cities and counties across the country have filed an amicus brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold the U.S. District Court’s late 2017 nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration’s Executive Order that threatened local governments with “defunding” if they failed to cooperate with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the administration’s satisfaction. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Human Rights Campaign and Others in Support of Union Fees

Labor Unions

“The little-known story of how unions help secure equal treatment for LGBT workers”

On January 18, 2018, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and PFLAG in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31 et al. in the United States Supreme Court in support of the ability of public-sector unions to continue to collect “fair-share fees” from government employees as approved in the 1977 Abood case. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Pitch In On ‘Time’s Up,’ New Legal Initiative Created To Combat Sexual Harassment

New Legal Defense Fund Created To Combat Sexual Harassment

300 prominent actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives have joined forces to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond in blue-collar workplaces across the nation. The new initiative, called Time’s Up, includes funding for legal representation which will be coordinated and administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity. Lawyers interested in joining the NWLC’s Gender Equity effort can sign up here. Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly Dermody, Rachel Geman, Anne Shaver, Michelle Lamy, and Tiseme Zegeye have all joined the project in a concerted effort to combat sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse in the workplace. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Partial Lift on Trump Administration Ban on Refugee Immigration

Immigration ban partially suspended

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart (Western District of Washington) has issued a preliminary injunction suspending the Trump administration’s directive that was operating to stop the unification of refugees with their families (“following to join” refugees) already located in the United States and also operating to suspend the admission of other refugees from 11 specific countries (including 7 identified in the administration’s original “Muslim ban” executive order) to the extent those refugees already have a relationship to a person or entity in the U.S. Lieff Cabraser has been working to assist the Washington American Civil Liberties Union in organizing arguments from the extensive amicus briefing, a project that is expected to continue on appeal. [Read more…]

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

Justice

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

Immigration ban partially suspended

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…]