Mark Chalos Talks to News3 Memphis on the Massive Equifax Hack & How Consumers Can Protect Their Information

Mark Chalos Talks to News3 Memphis on the Massive Equifax Hack & How Consumers Can Protect Their Information

With 143 million Americans affected by the massive Equifax data breach and a greater than 50-50 chance that any given individual’s personal information has been stolen by hackers, Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos has some advice for consumers across America. “They never came to us and said is it okay if we keep your Social Security number and take your home address and work address and other important information and store it somewhere. They never asked us to do that, they just did it and apparently they were careless with it.” Chalos is emphatic: “It is absolutely time that the American consumer asks the legislators why are you letting these companies do this?” [Read more…]

Law360 Rising Star Profile: Lieff Cabraser’s Jason Lichtman

Law360 Rising Star Profile: Lieff Cabraser’s Jason Lichtman

Law360 has published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman, named a Law360 Rising Star for 2017 for Consumer Protection. The profile highlights Mr. Lichtman’s most significant cases as well as his overall career “of standing up for the little guy,” including litigation against Samsung over exploding washing machines and against British Airways over accusations the airline duped passengers with inflated fuel surcharges. [Read more…]

Law360 Names Lin Chan and Jason Lichtman Rising Stars for 2017

Law360 Names Lin Chan and Jason Lichtman Rising Stars for 2017

We are delighted to announce that Law360 has selected two Lieff Cabraser attorneys as Rising Stars for the year 2017. Lieff Cabraser partner Lin Y. Chan has been selected as one of Law360’s Competition Rising Stars for 2017, and Jason L. Lichtman has been selected as a Consumer Protection Rising Star for 2017. [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…]

New Jersey Added to Growing List of States Considering “Right to Repair” Legislation

New Jersey Added to Growing List of States Considering “Right to Repair” Legislation

As reported by Motherboard, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty recently introduced a new bill known as the “Fair Repair Act,” passage of which would require electronics manufacturers who sell their products in New Jersey to sell gadget replacement parts to the general public, as well as to independent repair companies. New Jersey is the twelfth state to consider such legislation, which would work to end the stranglehold many tech manufacturing companies have on user repair efforts, requiring the purchasers of modern devices to come directly to the tech giants for repairs. [Read more…]

Number of Unauthorized Wells Fargo Bank Accounts Significantly Larger Than Initially Reported

Unauthorized Wells Fargo Bank Accounts Significantly Larger Than Initially Reported

Court documents included as part of an imminent class action settlement with Wells Fargo Bank indicate that the banking giant created 1.4 million more phony bank and credit card accounts than it had previously reported. As Law360 notes, “The San Francisco-based bank and a class of account holders estimate that between 2002 and 2017 Wells Fargo employees allegedly opened approximately 3.5 million unauthorized accounts, replacing the previous 2.1 million estimate.”
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FCC Creates Task Force to Block Unwanted Robocalls

FCC Creates Task Force to Block Unwanted Robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to move forward in its crackdown on unwanted and intrusive robocalls. Consumers find these automated “robocalls” and text messages to be inherently offensive and harassing, particularly when they are made on a repeat basis, often outside of normal business hours. [Read more…]

United Airlines Involuntary Passenger Removal Incident Sparks Further Controversy On Flight Overbooking

United Airlines Involuntary Passenger Removal Incident Sparks Further Controversy On Flight Overbooking

The past weekend’s incident on a United Airlines flight where a passenger was forcibly removed by security from an aircraft after refusing to give up his seat to a United employee has shed increased light on the all-too-common practice of airlines bumping passengers off planes when flight are overbooked. The practice is an ongoing problem as so many flights are routinely overbooked. A viral video of the United passenger being violently being dragged off the flight has sparked outrage, concern, and a social media uproar towards the airline and its policies and passenger dealings. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Join Law360 2017 Editorial Advisory Boards

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Join Law360 2017 Editorial Advisory Boards

Lieff Cabraser partner Michael Miarmi has been named to Law360’s 2017 Securities Editorial Advisory Board, and Lieff Cabraser partner Jason Lichtman has been selected for the publication’s 2017 Privacy/Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Miarmi and Mr. Lichtman will join other members of the advisory board to provide feedback on Law360’s coverage of news, decisions, and trends and provide insight on how best to shape future reporting. [Read more…]

Class Action Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

Class action fraud lawsuit filed against North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance

Nashville, Tenn. – Lieff Cabraser partners Mark Chalos and Annika K. Martin, and Montgomery Ponder partners Luke Montgomery and Brad Ponder, have filed a class action lawsuit in Tennessee federal court on behalf of Marietta McClendon of Nashville, Tennessee alleging that North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (NCM) cheated her family and potentially thousands of other life insurance customers, often minority individuals and families, for financial gain. [Read more…]