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…]

Class Action Settlement Announced in Google Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

Class Action Settlement Announced in Google Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in the class action digital privacy litigation against Google Inc. regarding claims that the popular Gmail service scanned some outgoing user email messages to build marketing profiles and serve targeted ads. [Read more…]

National Law Journal Names Lieff Cabraser as One of Nine 2016 “Elite Trial Lawyer” Firms

National Law Journal Names Lieff Cabraser as One of Nine 2016 “Elite Trial Lawyer” Firms

The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser for its 2016 “Elite Trial Lawyers” list in the category of Class Action. The Elite Trial Lawyers award recognizes “law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for clients and that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side.” Lieff Cabraser was a co-winner for Class Action with the Cohen Milstein firm. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Presents Lawline Seminar on Employment Class Actions

Rachel Geman Presents Lawline Seminar on Employment Class Actions

On December 6, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. PST, Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will present a Lawline webinar on “Investigating & Litigating Employment Class Actions From The Plaintiffs’ Perspective.” Rachel’s presentation will review these decisions and the applicable law, resistance to compulsory arbitration mandates, and an examination of anti-discrimination/equal pay claims as well as wage and hour claims. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Named a 2016 Law360 MVP for Class Action Law

Elizabeth Cabraser Law360 2016 MVP Award

Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been named by Law360 (subscription) as a 2016 MVP in the category of Class Action Law. The awards honor leading lawyers who “have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalists in 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Feature

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalists in 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Feature

The National Law Journal has chosen Lieff Cabraser as “Elite Trial Lawyers” Finalists in the categories of Class Action and Employment for 2016. This honorable distinction recognizes “law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for clients and that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side.” Only thirty-five firms were selected as finalists, and Lieff Cabraser is one of only three to be chosen as finalists in more than one category. [Read more…]

State Farm Racketeering Case Now Set As Class Action Suit

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Lawsuit alleges State Farm campaigned illegally to elect a judge to vote against previous $1.05 billion judgment against the company

As reported by Law360 (subscription) and other news outlets, U.S. District Court Judge David Herndon has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of 4.7 million State Farm policyholders that alleges State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. carried out a racketeering enterprise aimed at defrauding the policyholders of a $1.05 billion judgment by getting a new judge elected to the Illinois Supreme court who would rule in State Farm’s favor to scuttle the judgment, previously approved by the Illinois appellate court. [Read more…]

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

A federal judge has criticized Microsoft’s lawyers in the gender bias class action lawsuit against the tech giant for not following court orders and thus prolonging the case due to their inaction. The lawsuit arises out of claims by three current and former Microsoft employees who accused the technology company of discriminating against women in technical roles with respect to Microsoft’s pay and promotion practices. [Read more…]

Consumers Overwhelmingly Want Access to Legal System Currently Denied by Major Banks

Bank Misconduct

A 2016 study by The Pew Charitable Trusts notes that consumer disputes with banks over fees and policies are on the rise. Of particular concern are mandatory arbitration clauses found in 90% of bank account agreements. These forced arbitration provisions steer consumers to third-party decision-makers whose decisions are usually binding, giving the consumer limited or no opportunity to appeal. Such provisions also prohibit consumer bank customers from seeking any remedy in an impartial court of law. [Read more…]

Smelly Front-Loading Whirlpool, LG Washer Cases Settle

Smelly Front-Loading Whirlpool, LG Washer Cases Settle

Owners of some Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag front loader washing machines, manufactured between 2001 and 2010, can now submit claims as part of a settlement of the case. As reported by Herb Weisman, NBC News’ ConsumerMan, all claims must be submitted by the October 11, 2016 deadline. A separate settlement was announced relating to similar issues in LG washers. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Elected Co-Chair of AAJ Class Action Litigation Group

Annika K. Martin Elected Co-Chair of AAJ Class Action Litigation Group

At the American Association for Justice’s 2016 annual conference, Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin was elected Co-Chair of the 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…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Lin Chan to Speak at 14th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference

Elizabeth Cabraser and Lin Chan Speak at Impact Fund Conference

Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Lin Y. Chan will be speaking at the 14th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference on February 18-19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The conference will be divided into nine sessions and feature some of the nation’s leading plaintiff-side public interest class action practitioners and academics. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on Proposed Class Waiver Ban in Arbitration Agreements

Elizabeth Cabraser Class Waiver Ban Proposal in Arbitration

As reported in the Daily Journal, on October 7, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposal that would bar class waivers as a way to regulate forced arbitration clauses in contracts. Lieff Cabraser attorney Elizabeth J. Cabraser commented on the issue, noting that the new CFPB proposal is “pro-consumer,” since the arbitration clauses that block group lawsuits would be banned. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Reviews Recent Key Decision On Class Actions

Mark Chalos Reviews Recent Key Decision On Class Actions

Writing for the Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions Blog, Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos summarizes an important, recent decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that focused on the showing necessary for a class to be ascertainable, one of the requirements for class actions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.

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