Jonathan Selbin Talks to Bloomberg News About Retiring Judge Richard Posner’s Imprint on Class Action Law

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Judge Richard Posner retired from the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in early September 2017, leading attorneys on both the plaintiff and defense side to reflect and comment on his ”enormous influence” on complex litigation law through his many class action rulings in his three-plus decades on the bench. As reported by Bloomberg News, while not all class action lawyers see themselves as fans of Judge Posner’s opinions, the consensus is that as a jurist Judge Posner “took seriously the judiciary’s role as guardian of unnamed class members.” [Read more…]

Honda Settles Deadly Takata Airbags Case; Lawsuits Continue Against Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and GM

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On September 1, 2017, Honda agreed to a $605 million settlement in multidistrict litigation with consumers over dangerous and deadly Takata airbags in Honda vehicles. The settlement will cover owners of 11.4 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators. Honda is the sixth automaker to avoid litigation via the settlement path after Nissan, BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota reached similar settlements valued at over $651 million earlier in the year. Honda’s settlement leaves suits ongoing against Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, among other auto manufacturers. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Post-Election Solidarity at Lavender Law Conference

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Post-Election Solidarity at Lavender Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody spoke as a distinguished panelist at the 29th Annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair from August 2-4, 2017 in San Francisco. Ms. Dermody was featured on August 2nd at the panel on “Post-Election Solidarity: Lawyering and Building Alliances Across Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Immigration Status and Practice Areas.” [Read more…]

AT&T Facing Thousands of Consumer Complaints About Bait-and-Switch Overcharging

AT&T Facing Thousands of Consumer Complaints About Bait-and-Switch Overcharging for Services

A CBS News investigation has revealed over 4,200 customer complaints that have been filed with the federal government against AT&T and DirecTV relating to false deals, rescinded promotions, and overcharging in the past two years alone. An excellent video report by correspondent Anna Werner lays out the story and describes how the company reportedly overcharges consumers, in part by first offering drastic discounts that disappear once monthly bills start showing up. [Read more…]