Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against Commonwealth Edison for Bribery and Vastly Inflated Electricity Rates

Class Action Lawsuit Against Commonwealth Edison for Bribery and Vastly Inflated Electricity Rates

Suit alleges corrupt scheme under which Commonwealth Edison funneled payments to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives over many years to ensure passage of bills permitting ComEd to charge dramatically higher electric rates in Illinois dating back to 2011

The law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Bellows Law Group, and Mason Lietz & Klinger have filed a federal bribery and corruption class action lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of Commonwealth Edison’s customers and ratepayers alleging that over many years, ComEd paid bribes to Michael J. Madigan, the powerful Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, so that Madigan would ensure passage through the Illinois legislature of bills permitting ComEd to charge higher electric rates. The multi-year illegal scheme benefitted ComEd, defendant Exelon Corporation, and Madigan; the losers were public trust in government, the people of Illinois, and ComEd’s customers. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Upholds Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s Robocall Ban

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Abusive and harassing robocalls and texts remain against the law, and consumers continue to have remedies available when they receive such unwanted communications

As reported by Law360, on July 6, 2020, The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s sweeping ban on unsolicited and harassing autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls and text messages made to consumers without their consent. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Seek Release of DirecTV Customer Contact Info Sealed in Earlier Improper Texting Lawsuit

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Thousands of known DirecTV customers who received illegal texts will lose their right to arbitrate their privacy claims

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel have requested the district court for permission to contact nearly 9,100 known DIRECTV customers who were plaintiffs’ in a 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action lawsuit against the satellite TV giant to notify them that in the wake of the class action suit, they may now bring individual privacy violation claims against DIRECTV under the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). [Read more…]

New Data Theft Class Action by Users of Venmo, Stripe, and Other Payment Platforms Against Plaid Alleges Violations of Data Privacy Laws

Plaid Financial Privacy Suit

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Lieff Cabraser has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in California alleging that financial tech start up Plaid Inc. stole Venmo and Stripe users’ personal banking data and sold that data to third party apps without the users’ consent in violation of federal and state privacy laws. Plaid, which recently agreed to be acquired by global payments behemoth Visa for $5.3 billion, provides third-party bank account authentication services for several well-known payment and investment apps, including Venmo, Coinbase, Square’s Cash App, and Stripe. [Read more…]

Aaron’s Reaches $2.2M Settlement With Consumers in TCPA Autodialer Litigation

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A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against rent-to-own retailer Aaron’s Inc. As reported by Law360 (subscription), the lawsuit alleges that the furniture and electronics dealer violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by using an automatic telephone dialing system and prerecorded voice to initiate calls to non-customer consumers. [Read more…]

Companies Denied Business Interruption Insurance Claims Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Battle The Insurance Industry

Companies Denied Business Interruption Insurance Claims Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Battle The Insurance Industry

The Washington Post reports that as mandatory isolation orders have caused the shutdown of businesses across the nation, a multibillion-dollar deadlock has arisen between the nation’s leading insurers and the companies that purchase their business interruption insurance policies. The heated battle between the groups hinges on the question of whether insurance providers should have to pay claims to businesses that have shuttered as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. [Read more…]

Banking Industry Files Amicus Brief On Behalf of AT&T And Comcast Challenging California Rule Blocking Arbitration

AT&T Allegedly Using Forced Arbitration to Overcharge Customers

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on March 27, 2020, two major banking associations filed an amicus brief on behalf of Comcast Corp. and AT&T Mobility LLC’s in the United States Supreme Court supporting efforts by the companies to challenge a California rule that limits corporations’ abilities to enforce arbitration agreements. [Read more…]

Fraud Class Action Filed Against Health Technology Company Greenway Health by Lieff Cabraser

Fraud Class Action Filed Against Health Technology Company Greenway Health by Lieff Cabraser

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of a Florida pediatrics group against health technology company Greenway Health for alleged fraud and other deceptive practices in connection with the sale of Greenway’s Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) systems, marketed to and used by healthcare providers. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

At a March 3rd hearing, the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals upheld a class action settlement resolving claims over Facebook’s allegedly inappropriate collection of data from users’ private messages and then profits by improperly sharing that information with third parties in violation of U.S. privacy laws. The court rejected an argument made by a single class member objector who claimed the deal was of negligible value to Facebook users. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Ruling Keeping AT&T Internet Throttling Suit in Court and Out of Private Arbitration

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Ruling Keeping AT&T Internet Throttling Suit in Court and Out of Private Arbitration

As reported by Law360 (subscription), late on February 20, 2020, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that blocked AT&T from contesting a decision banning the company from forcing customers into private arbitration over claims AT&T falsely advertised unlimited cellphone data plans. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Reach $35M Settlement with Bank of America in California Unpaid Mortgage Interest Case

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Reach $35M Settlement with Bank of America in California Unpaid Mortgage Interest Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Bank of America North America has agreed to pay $35 million to settle a borrower class action lawsuit accusing the company of failing to comply with a California law requiring banks to pay interest on mortgage escrow accounts. [Read more…]

$52 Million Settlement in Farmers Group Insurance Illegal Pricing Lawsuit Gets First Nod

$52 Million Settlement in Farmers Group Insurance Illegal Pricing Lawsuit Gets First Nod

As reported by the Texas Lawyer (subscription), on Monday, December 16, 2019, Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas gave the first round of approval to a settlement of a class action against Farmers Group Inc. valued at $52 million arising from allegations the insurance company systematically charged their existing customers more than they did new customers for the same insurance coverage in violation of the law. The company was also accused of keeping their loyal existing customers in the dark about lower available rates. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Honored by National Law Journal with 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyers” Awards for Consumer Protection and Privacy/Data Breach

Lieff Cabraser Honored by National Law Journal with 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyers” Awards for Consumer Protection and Privacy/Data Breach

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has selected Lieff Cabraser for its 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyers” awards in the categories of Consumer Protection and Privacy/Data Breach. The award recognizes lawyers and law firms that have “demonstrated repeated success in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months, along with a longer track record of client wins.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Win 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for State Farm Insurance Fraud Case

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Win 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for State Farm Insurance Fraud Case

20 years of tenacious litigation finally led to $250 million settlement for defrauded auto insurance policyholders

Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team and its co-counsel have been chosen to receive Law Bulletin’s 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award based on work that dates all the way back to 1999 originally relating to insurance auto parts fraud and then escalating into improper and illegal electioneering after State Farm upended the Illinois judicial elections process. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Win 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Public Justice for 20-Year State Farm Case

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Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson accepts the 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Public Justice on behalf of the State Farm team.

Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team and its co-counsel have been named Public Justice’s 2019 Trial Lawyers of the Year based on their work that began back in 1999 originally relating to insurance auto parts fraud and then escalating into improper and illegal electioneering after State Farm upended the Illinois judicial elections process. Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award recognizes “the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered grave injustice or abuse.” Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm team and their co-counsel were recognized for their extraordinary 20-year efforts in winning a $250m settlement for consumers while shedding a light on corruption and dark money in state politics. The award was presented on the evening of Monday, July 29 at Public Justice’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner in San Diego. [Read more…]

Judge Grants Preliminary Approval to Wells Fargo’s $17.85M Deal to End 6 TCPA Lawsuits

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), Judge Manish S. Shah of the Northern District of Illinois has granted preliminary approval to a $17.85 million settlement with Wells Fargo over consumer claims that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by improperly sending unsolicited and harassing prerecorded messages to cellphones about mortgages, home equity loans, credit card accounts, auto loans, student loans, and fraud alerts. [Read more…]

Recall of Valsartan Blood Pressure Medication Expanded to Some Lots of Losartan Over Similar Fears of Carcinogen Tainting

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As reported by CBS News, Macleods Pharmaceuticals is recalling another 32 lots of its widely used blood pressure medication Losartan that was sold nationwide, after finding the medication contained trace amounts of a probable carcinogen known as NMBA. [Read more…]

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

Complaint Seeking Medical Monitoring, Economic Reimbursement, and Damages for Personal Injuries Filed in Valsartan Products Liability MDL

On June 17, 2019, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint in the consumer fraud litigation against Teva, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Solco Healthcare based on reports that huge amounts of the hypertension drug Valsartan, the generic equivalent of the hypertension drug Diovan, were contaminated with a carcinogen called NDMA. This contamination and the subsequent sale and marketing of the tainted Valsartan perpetrated fraud and violation of warranties on the patient population for Valsartan, as well as violating other laws relating to the safe sale and distribution of prescription drugs. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalist for 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

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We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s State Farm case team has been named finalists for the 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. The award celebrates and recognizes “the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered grave injustice or abuse.” The Trial Lawyer of the Year award will be presented at Public Justice’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner on Monday, July 29 in San Diego. [Read more…]

Jonathan Selbin Comments on DOJ Claims About Abusive Consumer Class Actions

Jonathan Selbin Comments on DOJ Claims About Abusive Consumer Class Actions

In Ohio federal court lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice are seeking to reverse a proposed class action settlement that would give consumers $72.50 coupons for defective pressure cookers that allegedly cause scalding hot contents to erupt, in some cases causing users to suffer from second and third degree burns. [Read more…]