Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief Urging Rehearing in Ahearn v. Hyundai and Consumer Class Action Settlements

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief Urging Rehearing in Ahearn V. Hyundai and Consumer Class Action Settlements

Three organizations joined the Impact Fund in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit urging reconsideration of a divided panel opinion in Ahearn v. Hyundai that overturned precedent and created a circuit split over the question of whether variations in state consumer laws can preclude national class action settlements. Lieff Cabraser wrote the brief on behalf of Public Justice, P.C., the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the National Consumer Law Center, and the Impact Fund. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief to Help Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief to Help Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

A coalition of six organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to work to help eliminate discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace. This brief marks the first time that LGBT rights groups have joined together in a non-marriage case at the Supreme Court as amici curiae. [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

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“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…]

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…]

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”

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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…]

36 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Halt Trump Administration’s Threats Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (BusinessWire) —Thirty-six cities and counties across the country are asking a federal court to halt President Trump’s executive order threatening 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 City and County of San Francisco’s lawsuit against the President, arguing the executive order is unconstitutional and that the public would suffer irreparable harm unless the order was halted nationwide. The case, City and County of San Francisco v. Trump, Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, is currently pending before the Honorable United States Judge William H. Orrick. Last week, a very similar group of thirty-four cities and counties filed an amicus brief in support of the County of Santa Clara’s lawsuit against the President, also seeking to halt the executive order nationwide. That case is County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Case No. 5:17-cv-00574, and is also pending before Judge Orrick. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Support of Stay on Travel Ban

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Support of Stay on Travel Ban

On February 16, 2017, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Darweesh, et al. v. Trump, et al. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in support of the current stay on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order restricting entry to the United States. [Read more…]

Second Circuit to Hear Important Unpaid Labor Case Wang, et al. v. The Hearst Corporation

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed to review Wang, et al. v. The Hearst Corporation, on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a wage and hour case relating to the specific and important issues of unpaid labor presented by internships, in particular, whether the plaintiff interns are employees who should be paid minimum wages, not unpaid interns, based on the work they do and how it benefits Hearst. Lieff Cabraser filed the amicus brief with the Second Circuit, work that was led by Rachel Geman and Michael Decker. [Read more…]