Lawmakers Advance FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Lawmakers Pass FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to send the FAIR Act (a bill to end forced arbitration) to the House floor for a vote. The vote on the bill is expected to take place as early as next week. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Speaks on the Use of Class Actions in Institutional Sex Assault Cases at AAJ Annual Convention

Annika K. Martin Speaks on the Use of Class Actions in Institutional Sex Assault Cases at AAJ Annual Convention

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin spoke earlier this week at the American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in San Diego on the use of the class action device in institutional sexual abuse and assault cases, like the USC/George Tyndall case and the Huntington Hospital abuse case. The discussion covered strategies, challenges, and recent examples of successful institutional sex assault aggregate cases that have resulted in unprecedented settlements bringing justice to thousands of assault victims. When these abuse cases arise at hospitals, colleges, and other educational institutions, the harm can impact hundreds and even thousands, or tens of thousands, of students. [Read more…]

Sarah London to Speak at American Association for Justice’s Annual Mass Torts Seminar

Sarah London to Speak at American Association for Justice’s Annual Mass Torts Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London will be speaking at the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) annual mass torts seminar, “Everything You Want to Know About Mass Torts (But Are too Afraid to Ask),” at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 26, 2019. Sarah will be discussing the basics of Mass Tort Litigation in a presentation entitled “MDL 101.” The seminar will feature some of the nation’s leading mass tort litigators who will provide a comprehensive view of the critical aspects and nuances of litigating mass tort cases. [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Releases Video in Support of FAIR Act Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

American Association for Justice Releases Video in Support of FAIR Act

Early this year, democratic lawmakers announced a new bill aimed at ending the practice of forced arbitration in employment contracts. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act seeks to end the use of mandatory arbitration clauses, which are often inserted into workers’ contracts to require that they waive their right to sue their employers in a real court. With their right to sue waived, employees complaints instead are directed to a private system funded by employers where employers are seen to gain the upper hand in job-related disputes. [Read more…]

AAJ Awards Annika K. Martin With Prestigious Certificate of Recognition

AAJ Awards Annika K. Martin With Prestigious Certificate of Recognition

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has named Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin as a Certificate of Recognition recipient for the year 2018. The AAJ Certificate of Recognition recognizes AAJ members who have made significant contributions through membership, education, or fundraising to sustain and strengthen the organization. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin on Faculty of AAJ Effective Legal Writing Workshop, Hosted at Lieff Cabraser’s New York Office

Annika K. Martin on Faculty of AAJ Effective Legal Writing Workshop

Lieff Cabraser’s New York office will be hosting the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Effective Legal Writing Workshop, with firm partner Annika K. Martin serving as featured faculty across the event’s multiple content blocks. The workshop will be held April 12th and 13th, 2018 at Lieff Cabraser’s offices in New York City. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Addresses Opioid Crisis Responses at AAJ Winter Convention

Mark Chalos Addresses Opioid Crisis Responses

On February 3rd, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke at the American Association for Justice’s Winter 2018 Convention in Maui, Hawaii. Part of a specialized track entitled “Responding to the Opioid Crisis,” Mark spoke on the legal and practical elements of bringing public nuisance and RICO claims against opioid manufacturers and distributors. [Read more…]

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has published “Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017,” a report detailing “this year’s worst corporate offenders, the aggressive corporate culture plaguing in the United States, and the need for a strong civil justice system to ensure consumers and workers can hold corporations accountable and deter corporate misconduct.” [Read more…]

Mark Chalos at November AAJ Seminar on Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Mark Chalos at November AAJ Seminar on Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will be speaking at the upcoming American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation Seminar from November 28-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Chalos will be presenting on “Working Together to Combat the Opioid Crisis” on Wednesday, November 29th. [Read more…]

Paulina do Amaral to Speak at September AAJ Opioid Litigation Seminar

Paulina do Amaral to Speak at September AAJ Opioid Litigation Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Paulina do Amaral will be speaking at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) upcoming opioid litigation conference in Washington, D.C. on September 13th and 14th. The number of prescription opioids sold in America over the last few decades has quadrupled, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths per year by prescription opioid overdose. The most recent analysis indicates 60,000 Americans died in 2016 alone from opioid addiction-related injuries. [Read more…]

David Rudolph Speaks on Strategies for Data Breach Cases at AAJ Education Webinar

David Rudolph Speaks on Strategies for Data Breach Cases at AAJ Education Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner David Rudolph will be speaking at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Education webinar on data breach cases on August 10, 2017 from 2-3:30pm ET. David’s focus will be on class certification strategies as part of a discussion of the latest topics and trends in data breach litigation from certification to the current standing in federal court. The AAJ faculty will also review the differences between consumer and financial institution litigation and address how to handle damages in a data breach case. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin and Nick Diamand Re-Elected as AAJ Litigation Group Chairs

Annika K. Martin and Nick Diamand Re-Elected as AAJ Litigation Group Chairs

Lieff Cabraser partners Annika K. Martin and Nicholas Diamand have been re-elected as Co-Chair and Chair of American Association for Justice (AAJ) litigation groups. Ms. Martin has been re-elected as Co-Chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group. The Class Action Litigation Group creates a forum for attorneys to share ideas, discovery, and litigation strategies, allowing AAJ members to network and work collaboratively on class action cases. [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Discusses Supreme Court Review of Escobar at AAJ Annual Convention

Lexi Hazam Discusses Supreme Court Review of Escobar at AAJ Annual Convention

Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam will participate in a panel discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 ruling in Universal Health Services v. Escobar at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2017 Annual Convention in Boston as part of the Qui Tam Litigation Group CLE on July 23, 2017. The panel discussion Ms. Hazam will be featured on will be taking place from 10:00-11:30am at the Hynes Convention Center. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Featured as Panelist on AAJ Diversity in Law Webinar

Annika K. Martin Featured as Panelist on AAJ Diversity in Law Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be speaking on March 27, 2017 as part of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Membership Webinar: Diversity in Law. The webinar will explore the various issues facing diversity recruitment including best practices in hiring and retaining diverse attorneys, the positive impacts a diverse trial team can have on clients and juries, and how a diverse firm can optimally grow its practice. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Speaks at AAJ Diversity in the Law Seminar

Annika K. Martin Speaks at AAJ Diversity in the Law Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be featured as a distinguished panelist at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Diversity in the Law Seminar on November 29-30, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The seminar will discuss the importance and significance of diversity in the trial bar as it seeks to increase awareness of the challenges facing LGBT, minority, and female plaintiff lawyers. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Featured on AAJ Education’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop

Annika K. Martin Featured on AAJ Education’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will be presenting information and guiding discussion at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Education’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop on November 3-4, 2016 in Washington D.C. The two-day program will concentrate on effective techniques in legal writing and how excellence in legal writing is an essential skill for all trial attorneys. [Read more…]

Sarah London Named Executive Committee Member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts

Sarah London Named Executive Committee Member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts

Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London has been appointed as an Executive Committee Member of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. London has been active in the AAJ on an ongoing basis, including in many litigation-specific groups. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin Earns AAJ Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Jonathan Selbin Earns AAJ Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin has been honored with the American Association for Justice Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award praises and recognizes members of the Board of Governors who have gone above and beyond to carry out the AAJ’s mission, and have been of particular special assistance to the President of the Association. [Read more…]