Ninth Circuit Ruling Revives Class Action Status for Turn Inc. Smartphone “Supercookies” Case

Ninth Circuit Ruling Revives Class Action Status for Turn, Inc. Smartphone ‘Supercookies’ Case

The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that internet marketing company Turn Inc. cannot use agreements between Verizon and Verizon customers that include mandatory arbitration clauses to shield itself from privacy violation lawsuits over allegedly illegal tracking and exploitative advertising. Consumers generally loathe such “forced arbitration” provisions as they deprive them of their rights to challenge fraud and improper practices in court, relegating their claims instead to what are considered to be biased, paid-for-by-the-offending-companies arbitration hearings. [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…]

New CFPB Rule to Ban Companies From Using Arbitration Clauses to Block Class Action Lawsuits

New CFPB Rule to Ban Companies From Using Arbitration Clauses to Block Class Action Lawsuits

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a new rule that will prevent companies from including language in arbitration agreements that would keep consumers from filing class action lawsuits. While companies can still mandate arbitration (as opposed to individual lawsuits) to resolve consumer disputes, they can no longer force consumers to surrender their rights to bring collective group actions when the conduct complained of affects many consumers in a similar fashion. [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Featured as Distinguished Panelist at ABA CLE Program on Class Actions & Mass Torts

Lexi Hazam Mass Torts

Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam will be speaking as a featured panelist at the American Bar Association’s 4th Annual Western Regional CLE Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts on June 16, 2017 in San Francisco. Ms. Hazam will be discussing “Discovery Following the 2015 Federal Rules Amendments: What Does Proportionality Mean in the Class Action and Mass Tort Contexts?” [Read more…]

Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

A recent R.J. Reynolds financial filing indicates the tobacco giant faces more than 2,700 tobacco injury lawsuits that still await trial in Florida state courts. Because Florida provides special reduced appellate bond requirements for tobacco companies, there are more pending tobacco injury lawsuits in the Sunshine State than all other states combined. [Read more…]

New Employment Law Case May Cause Employees to Lose Class Action Rights

New Employment Law Case May Cause Employees to Lose Class Action Rights

A new employment law case facing review by the U.S. Supreme Court may have a massive impact on employees’ class action rights. Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris raises the fundamental question of whether a business can prohibit its employees from using collective legal action to challenge improper workplace issues such as unpaid wages and discrimination. [Read more…]

New Bill Focuses on Class Actions: What Does This Mean For Defense and Plaintiffs’ Attorneys?

New Bill Focuses on Class Actions: What Does This Mean For Defense and Plaintiffs’ Attorneys?

A new bill focusing on class actions was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 15th on a 19 to 12 vote. Known as the 2017 Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (H.R. 985), the legislation was introduced February 9 by committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). [Read more…]

Anne Shaver Speaks at 11th Annual Class Action and Mass Torts Seminar

Anne Shaver Speaks at 11th Annual Class Action and Mass Torts Seminar

The Consumer Attorneys of California, College of Trial Arts, and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association have joined together to present the 11th Annual Class Action and Mass Torts Seminar. Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at this seminar today at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, California. Ms. Shaver will be discussing “Challenges to Class Waivers in Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements Under Section 7 of NLRB.” [Read more…]