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…]
Fitbit may be facing civil contempt charges for what U.S. District Judge James Donato says is “gamesmanship” after the company leveraged an arbitration agreement to shrink the class action lawsuit over alleged deficiencies in its heart rate monitors then quit the arbitration when the plaintiff didn’t like its settlement offer (hearing transcript). As reported by Law360, Judge Donato had directed Fitbit and the arbitrator to determine whether 12 plaintiffs’ claims about the Fitbit devices, which consistently mis-record heart rates, particularly during the vigorous exercise for which many consumers purchase the devices, should be heard in open and fair court or just in closed arbitration. [Read more…]
The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court on jurisdictional limits to lawsuits may have a significant impact on the size and location of class action lawsuits
Bloomberg News is wrapping up 2017 with an examination of the future of class action law in light of Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court (“BMS”), a case focusing on jurisdictional limits on cases against corporations. “It’s too early to tell how the courts will apply BMS to class actions, but class action litigators are preparing to go to war over where class suits, particularly nationwide suits, can now be filed.” With overweening corporations as the target of most class suits, it seems clear the defense bar will push for a reduction in the scope and size of aggregate actions via what they see as BMS’s proscription of expanded jurisdiction, while plaintiffs will seek to convince courts that BMS is inapposite and should not be held to constrict use of the class action mechanism to obtain judgments for the fraudulent misconduct of the corporate world. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin spoke at the Federalist Society Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Conference on October 18, 2017 in Washington DC. Mr. Selbin was a featured speaker discussing complex litigation on the panel titled “Trying Cases and Settlement.” [Read more…]
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:
Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Fitbit’s request to dismiss the lawsuit over the claimed inaccuracy of its PurePulse™ heart rate technology within its popular fitness trackers. The fraud class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of consumers nationwide against Fitbit, Inc. over allegations that the company’s heart rate monitors – the Fitbit Blaze, the Charge HR and the Fitbit Surge – fail to accurately measure user heart rates. Heart rate monitors are used by athletes and others who need to reach or not exceed target heart rates. The use of monitors reporting inaccurate heart rates can lead to serious consequences. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin recently spoke with NBC’s ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum on Seattle’s KOMO News 1000 FM 97.7 to discuss recent settlements relating to consumer lawsuits over smelly front-loading washing machines. In the class action lawsuits, owners of front-load washers complained that their Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, Sears, and LG-brand washing machines were defective, as the products failed to self-clean and resulted in foul-smelling bacteria, mold, and mildew build-ups. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin has been honored with the American Association for Justice Board of Governors’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award praises and recognizes members of the Board of Governors who have gone above and beyond to carry out the AAJ’s mission, and have been of particular special assistance to the President of the Association. [Read more…]
In its annual spotlight on the plaintiffs’ bar, The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the twelve top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation for 2016. The award marks the fourteenth year that the NLJ has named Lieff Cabraser to its Hot List awards. [Read more…]
Law360 reviewed the landscape of 2016 consumer protection litigation, focusing in part on the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud scandal and the more than 500 lawsuits filed on behalf of affected Volkswagen Porsche and Audi owners nationwide harmed by the company’s installation of scamming software designed to bypass federal emissions standards in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. [Read more…]
At their core, our consumer protection and warranty laws make sure that corporations stand behind their products and promises. The old “buyer beware” rule, which shifted the risk and burden of faulty products from seller to buyer, was repealed decades ago. [Read more…]
On October 22, 2015, Lieff Cabraser attorney Jonathan D. Selbin will participate in a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s 19th Annual National Institute on Class Actions in New Orleans. The panel discussion is entitled: "You Have a Choice, Picayune-‘Consumer Rip-offs’ or ‘No-Injury Class Actions.’ Either Way, Does a Legal Claim Exist?"
Class actions enable consumers, small businesses, and employees to hold powerful corporations accountable for their misconduct. Class action settlements can provide meaningful relief to thousands or millions of people who would receive none otherwise.
Lieff Cabraser attorneys Jonathan D. Selbin, Mark P. Chalos, and Jason L. Lichtman will be speaking at Perrin Conferences’ Class Action Litigation Conference from May 6-7, 2015 at the Omni Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Selbin will speak on current and emerging issues in consumer protection litigation. Chalos will discuss strategies for trying class actions. Lichtman will comment on discovery issues and proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure. Perrin Conferences hosts national joint plaintiff and defendant litigation conferences, bringing together leaders in the legal industry.
Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth Cabraser and Jonathan Selbin will be speaking at the National Complex Litigation Conference: A Symposium on Current & Emerging Issues on June 11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. One of the nation’s premier conferences on class actions and complex litigation, the speakers and panelists feature distinguished litigators from the plaintiffs and defense bars, as well as corporate counsel and law professors.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Jonathan Selbin will be the keynote speaker at a national seminar for plaintiffs’ counsel on consumer warranty class action litigation in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2014.