Lieff Cabraser Profiled by Law360 as Class Action Group of the Year

Lieff Cabraser Profiled by Law360 as Class Action Group of the Year

Law360 has published an in-depth profile on Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP after previously recognizing the firm as a 2019 Class Action Group of the Year. Law360’s piece highlights Lieff Cabraser’s commitment to battling moneyed corporations on behalf of consumers and winning big.  [Read more…]

Daniel Hutchinson to Speak at 2019 Impact Fund Class Action Conference in San Francisco

Daniel Hutchinson to Speak at 2019 Impact Fund Class Action Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Daniel Hutchinson will be speaking on Friday February 22nd at the Impact Fund’s 2019 Class Action Conference in San Francisco as part of a panel discussion on the current state of ascertainability, “Ascertainability isn’t a thing. Or is it?” As the conference describes it, “complex litigation experts will discuss the current state of ascertainability in federal and California courts, how to manage class actions to head off ascertainability arguments, and strategies for responding when they inevitably show up in court.” [Read more…]

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Class Action Practice Group of the Year

Law360 Names Lieff Cabraser a Class Action Practice Group of the Year

Law360 has announced the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, selecting Lieff Cabraser for Practice Group of the Year in the category of Class Action Law. This distinguished recognition honors “law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry.” This is the fourth time in four years our firm has received the Practice Group of the Year designation. [Read more…]

David Rudolph Speaks on Privacy Class Actions at Civil Law Symposium

David Rudolph Speaks on Privacy Class Actions at Civil Law Symposium

Lieff Cabraser partner David Rudolph will be a distinguished panelist on Privacy Class Actions at the Northern District Practice Program’s 2018 Civil Law Symposium on Class Actions. The symposium will take place on September 13 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Courthouse in San Francisco, California. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in Southern California Fire & Mudslides Class Action Lawsuit

California Wildfires

On July 10, 2018, Judge Daniel Buckley of the California Superior Court issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser as Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Southern California Edison relating to losses suffered by individuals and businesses in the December 2017 wildfires in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California, and the subsequent devastating January 2018 mudslides that affected over 6,000 homes and killed at least 20 people. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Speaks on Class Actions at PLI’s 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Elizabeth Cabraser Speaks on Class Actions at PLI’s 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser will be a featured panelist at the Practising Law Institute’s 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute taking place from March 26-27 in New York. She will be presenting on the panel “Class Actions and Litigation Update” on day two of the conference. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser a Featured Panelist at Columbia University’s “Posner On Class Actions” CLE Conference

Elizabeth Cabraser a Featured Panelist at Columbia University’s “Posner On Class Actions” CLE Conference

Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser will participate as a featured panelist at Columbia University’s “Posner On Class Actions” CLE conference, hosted by Lewis & Clark professor Robert Klonoff and Columbia University professor John C. Coffee Jr., on March 2 in New York. [Read more…]

California Utilities Commission Rules That Customers Will Not Pay Uninsured Costs of 2007 San Diego Fires

Northern California Wine Country Fires

The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously ruled that the San Diego Gas & Electric Company and not its customers will have to pay $379+ million in uninsured costs relating to the 2007 fires in Witch, Guejito, and Rice that killed two people and destroyed over 1,300 homes. As reported by the Ventura County Star, “Investigators found SDG&E failed to properly maintain its equipment and trim tree branches and chaparral growing near power lines, which arced and sparked as those infernos began.” San Diego Gas and its insurers did pay over $2 billion for filed claims, but the utility had sought to get its customers to pay for all remaining costs via rate hikes and other charges. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Moderates Class Action Issues Panel at Complex Courts Symposium

Kelly Dermody Moderates Class Action Issues Panel at Complex Courts Symposium

Today, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be co-moderating a panel on “Class Action Issues” at the Complex Courts Symposium at The Westin San Jose in San Jose, California from 5:15-6:30pm. The panel will cover topics on active discovery management, statistical analysis and anecdotal evidence at certification, judicial review of settlements, and class issues at trial. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin to Participate in Fordham/ACS Panel Discussion – Class Action Reform Efforts: Promoting Fairness or Shutting the Courthouse Doors?

Class Action Reform Efforts: Promoting Fairness or Shutting the Courthouse Doors?

Join the Fordham and New York Chapters of the American Constitution Society for “Class Action Reform Efforts: Promoting Fairness or Shutting the Courthouse Doors?”, an in-depth discussion of the role of class actions in the U.S. legal system with a focus on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 currently before Congress. Our distinguished panel consists of:

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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

Cigarette in ash tray

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…]