Lieff Cabraser and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Establish Fund to Benefit Tornado Victims Across Tennessee

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Nashville, Tenn. – National plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) announce the creation of the “Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief Fund” through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide assistance to victims of the March 3, 2020 tornadoes across Tennessee. The fund allows attorneys and others in Tennessee and nationwide to contribute donations to relief efforts in Tennessee following the recent devastating tornadoes. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke recently with Education Week for the article “School Districts Are Suing JUUL Over Youth Vaping. Do They Stand a Chance?” on the role districts will play in the huge wave of litigation against e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul. For their part, school districts seek to recover the costs of smoking prevention programs, counseling, and treatment for addicted students – the same students JUUL allegedly targeted with their fraudulent and predatory vaping ad campaigns. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser donates goods to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser donates goods to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser is proud to announce that it has organized an office building-wide drive to collect much-needed household goods for children in need at Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee. The successful drive resulted in the donation of several truckloads of goods including household items, clothing, books, and games. Youth Villages is a national organization that provides support for children and young people who face difficulty in emotional, mental, and behavioral areas. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Named to Top 100 Tennessee Lawyers for 2019 by Super Lawyers

Mark Chalos Named to Top 100 Tennessee Lawyers for 2019 by Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that Super Lawyers has named Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos to its Top 100 Tennessee Lawyers list for 2019. With over 18,000 attorneys in the State of Tennessee, this puts Mark in the top half-percent of practicing Tennessee lawyers. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

On November 12, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos participated on an attorney panel at the Belmont Inn of Court’s “Addressing the Opioid Crisis” conference presented at Belmont University College of Law. Mark spoke on the topic, “State of the Opioid Crisis – An Inside Look at Litigation & Regulatory Solutions.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser’s Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty at American Association for Justice Class Action December Seminar

Lieff Cabraser’s Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin to Serve as Faculty at American Association for Justice Class Action December Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin will speak as Featured Faculty at the American Association for Justice’s “Class Action” seminar taking place on December 5th, 2019 at The Westin New York at Times Square in New York City. Mark Chalos will lead the program as one of the two Course Advisors for the event, and all three will present on latest issues in Class Action law, including a discussion of the groundbreaking proposed opioids litigation negotiation class, class action trials, damages and class damages models, current toxic tort cases, and new class actions on the horizon. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Honored as 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer

Mark Chalos Honored as 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos has been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2019. In its annual report on Mid-South Region attorneys, Super Lawyers highlights those who “who exhibit excellence in practice.” Between three Rising Star accolades and nine Super Lawyer nods, this is Mark’s 12th time on the lists. [Read more…]

Three Lieff Cabraser Partners To Lead Discussions at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Three Lieff Cabraser Partners To Lead Discussions at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

The Fall 2019 “Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference” is being held this week from October 22-24 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos, Wendy R. Fleishman, and Sarah R. London will be participating in discussion panels at the conference. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Discusses Class Action Audiences and Reach at 23rd American Bar Association Class Action Conference in Nashville

Mark Chalos Discusses Class Action Audiences and Reach at 23rd ABA Class Action Conference in Nashville

On October 18th, 2019, Lieff Cabraser’s Mark P. Chalos, Managing Partner of the firm’s Nashville office, participated in a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s 23rd Annual National Institute on Class Actions in Nashville entitled, “How Big is Your Audience? Crescendos and Diminuendos in the Class-Action World.” The extremely-well-received discussion was one of the highlights of the conference, and was delivered to a full-house of top lawyers and legal experts. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos to Discuss Guidelines for Representing Sexual Abuse Survivors at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Mark Chalos to Discuss Guidelines for Representing Sexual Abuse Survivors at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will participate in a panel discussion entitled: “What You Need to Know About Representing Sexual Abuse Survivors” at the “Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) Conference,” on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. MTMP conferences are designed for individuals working in the area of plaintiff mass torts and personal injury litigation. The biannual Las Vegas conferences are the largest gatherings of plaintiff mass tort attorneys in the world, with over 1000 participants from 440+ law firms at each event. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos to Speak at American Bar Association Conference on Class Actions

Mark Chalos to Speak at ABA Conference on Class Actions

On October 18th, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will participate in a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s 23rd Annual National Institute on Class Actions in Nashville. The discussion is entitled: “How Big is Your Audience? Crescendos and Diminuendos in the Class-Action World.” [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on “Expert Handling of Expert Witnesses” at October 2019 TTLA Strategies Forum

Mark Chalos on “Expert Handling of Expert Witnesses” at October 2019 TTLA Strategies Forum

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will be speaking at the upcoming Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) 2019 Strategies Forum, “Filling Your Tackle Box: Strategies from Pre-Suit to Pre-Trial,” on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. Mark will be discussing “Expert Handling of Expert Witnesses” from 3:15-4:15pm. [Read more…]

Eight Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Lawdragon “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers”

Eight Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Lawdragon “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers”

Lawdragon legal magazine has published its annual listing of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America,” a listing that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, Paulina do Amaral, Steven Fineman, Rachel Geman, Lexi Hazam, Richard Heimann, and Annika K. Martin. The Guide, first published in 2007, offers Lawdragon’s take on “the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar who specialize in representing individuals who have suffered injuries from accidents, pharmaceuticals, civil rights abuse and other torts.”   [Read more…]

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Take on New Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

Mark Chalos & Kenny Byrd Take on New Leadership Roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Kenneth S. Byrd will take on new leadership roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for the 2019-2020 year. Mark has been elected Vice President of the TTLA, after previously serving as Treasurer and Secretary, and will continue to serve as the Treasurer of the TTLA’s Political Action Committee, “Lawyers Involved for Tennessee” (LIFT). For his part, Kenny was re-elected to the TTLA Board of Governors. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Comments on New Tennessee Rules Requiring Preservation of Auto Defect Evidence

Mark Chalos Comments on New Tennessee Rules Requiring Preservation of Auto Defect Evidence

Proposed rule will require parties in vehicle injury settlements to preserve accident vehicles if destroying them would hurt other cases

The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court was requested to issue a Formal Ethics Opinion regarding the ethical propriety of a settlement agreement in a products liability case which contains as a material condition of the settlement that the subject vehicle alleged to be defective be destroyed. In response, the Board has issued a new ethics opinion seeking to change the requirements for preserving evidence in product liability lawsuits that result in settlements, making it illegal for the parties thereto to agree to destroy evidence in some instances. The formal ethics opinion reads “[i]t is improper for an attorney to propose or accept a provision in a settlement agreement, in a products liability case, that requires destruction of the subject vehicle alleged to be defective if that action will restrict the attorney’s representation of other clients.” [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Provides Written Comments on Proposed Federal Civil Rules Changes

MPC Comments on Proposed Changes to Federal Civil Rules

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has convened to review proposed changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6), the first major changes since the rule was first adopted in the early 1970s. The changes relate to pretrial identification and review of individuals designated by corporations to testify on the corporation’s behalf in civil lawsuits. The current amendment would require litigants to meet and confer about “the number and description of the matters for examination and the identity of each person the organization will designate to testify.” As detailed by AmLaw Litigation Daily, the plaintiffs bar is generally in favor of the change, though as the publication notes there are some plaintiff-side objections “to the call to limit the number of topics that can be covered.” [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Testifies in Washington About Proposed Changes to the Corporate Deposition Rules

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Mark P. Chalos, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, testified on February 8, 2019 at the Federal Rules Advisory Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., regarding proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure governing the deposition of corporate entities. [Read more…]