Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Volunteer at North Nashville Legal Clinic

Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Volunteer at North Nashville Legal Clinic

This week, Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman volunteered to provide free legal advice during a general legal clinic held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville. Chalos and Kaufman advised attendees on topics including employment law and housing matters. The legal clinic was organized and supported by Lipscomb University’s Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice, & Society. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Volunteer at Legal Aid Clinic for Victims of Smoky Mountain Wildfires

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Volunteer at TN Legal Aid Clinic

Pictured: Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kenneth Byrd (left) and John Spragens (right) of the Nashville office.

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark P. Chalos, Kenneth S. Byrd, and John T. Spragens volunteered today at the Legal Aid of East Tennessee clinic in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to provide free legal help for the victims of the Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County. The wildfires, constituting one of the largest natural disasters in the history of Tennessee, occurred from November 28 to December 9, 2016, claiming at least 14 lives and injuring 134 others. [Read more…]

Criminal Trial Begins for Pharmacy Exec Following Deaths Across U.S. from Contaminated Meningitis Meds

Criminal Trial Begins for Pharmacy Exec Following Deaths Across U.S. from Contaminated Meningitis Meds

As reported by USA Today, criminal prosecution of those allegedly responsible for the 2012 distribution of contaminated and lethal back pain medication begins this week as the first pharmacy executive involved goes to trial in federal court in Boston. The criminal prosecution follows a federal probe and two years of civil litigation, as hundreds were injured and at least 76 died after contracting fungal meningitis from the contaminated steroid injections. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Help Police and Firefighters at Wills for Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills For Heroes Nashville Event

On Saturday December 3rd, 2016, Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman volunteered their legal services through the Tennessee Bar Association and Wills for Heroes to provide free will-writing work to Nashville police and firefighters. Since Wills for Heroes’ establishment 15 years ago in the wake of the September 11 attacks, attorneys in more than 10 states have provided 7,000 free estate planning documents to emergency first responders across the nation. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills for Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills For Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman will be volunteering with the Tennessee Bar Association and Wills for Heroes on Saturday, December 3rd, offering free will-provision legal services to Nashville police and firefighters. Since Wills for Heroes’ establishment 15 years ago in the wake of the September 11 attacks, attorneys in more than 10 states have provided 7,000 free estate planning documents to emergency first responders across the nation. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Featured at Next Generation Rising Stars Conference

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Featured at Next Generation Rising Stars Conference

Lieff Cabraser partners Annika K. Martin, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, and Mark P. Chalos will be featured as distinguished attorney participants at Emory University Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims Next Generation Rising Stars Conference on December 14, 2016. Co-created by Ms. Martin, the program invites emerging leaders in the legal industry from both the defense and plaintiffs side of the complex litigation bar to gather and exchange ideas, and to benefit from the experience of established leaders in complex litigation like Ms. Cabraser and Mr. Chalos, among many others. The conference, intended to provide in-depth information on leadership roles in complex litigation in order to expand the breadth, depth, and diversity of the complex litigation bar, is aimed at attorneys who have been practicing between 7-18 years. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Discusses Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs at Duke Law Conference

Mark Chalos Discusses Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs at Duke Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will be participating in an invitation-only conference on Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs to be held by the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies on October 27-28, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Chalos will be on the first panel, titled “Extent of Fiduciary Co-Lead Counsel’s and PSC’s Responsibility to All Plaintiffs.” Each panel will consist of two judges and three practitioners or experts who will engage in active interaction and discussion on the topic at hand. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

As reported by The Tennessean, the convicted stalker in the Erin Andrews peephole nude video case cannot escape the jury’s $28 million judgment against him through bankrupcty. Federal bankruptcy court Judge Trish Brown has ruled that Michael David Barrett, Andrews’ stalker, must pay the judgment stemming from the 2008 violation in full. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin and Mark Chalos to Moderate Discussion at 2016 Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum

Annika K. Martin and Mark Chalos to Moderate Discussion at 2016 Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum

Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Annika K. Martin are excited to be a part of the moderation team for the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s July 23rd Judges Forum. The Institute’s annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges is the consumer bar’s most significant outreach to the judiciary. Held annually since 1992, it is a full–day educational program open only to judges. The Forum provides a direct, intensive substantive experience, with original research written by prominent academics, commentary by experts from both sides of the bar, and small group discussions, creating an opportunity for judges, legal scholars, and practicing attorneys to come together for an open dialogue about major issues affecting civil justice in America. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Re-Elected to Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Board, Executive Committee

Mark P. Chalos re-elected to Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association board

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos was re-elected to the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA, and formerly known as Tennessee Association for Justice) during their recent annual conference. Mr. Chalos was also re-appointed to the TTLA Executive Committee. [Read more…]

Forced Arbitration Steals Consumers’ Rights

Forced Arbitration Steals Consumers’ Rights

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos has written an article for The Tennessean discussing the mandatory arbitration clauses hidden in an astonishing number of financial service and product contracts that ultimately deprive consumers of their basic constitutional rights to justice when something goes wrong. Chalos’ “Forced Arbitration Steals Consumers’ Rights” piece also signals a call to action for consumers to voice their opinions to federal and state legislators now, during open review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) newly proposed rules. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Selected for 2016 Best of the Bar by Nashville Business Journal

Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos Selected for 2016 Best of the Bar by Nashville Business Journal

The Nashville Business Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos for its 2016 “Best of the Bar” award list. The NBJ list (subscription) includes a select group of Nashville attorneys who are each noteworthy in their respective fields. Attorneys are nominated and ranked by their peers with categories based on firm size (small, medium, large, and corporate counsel). [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Comments on Erin Andrews Voyeur Lawsuit Settlement

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Lawsuit Settlement

As reported by The Tennessean  (subscription), and The Daily Mail (UK) sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews has settled her viewport filming lawsuit against a Nashville, Tennessee hotel owner and operator. The host of FOX College Football for Fox Sports, nude video footage of Ms. Andrews was circulated on the internet after the hotel allowed a stalker sufficient access to secretly record her naked through her room’s peephole. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos in The Tennessean on Erin Andrews’ Post-Trial Collection Efforts

Mark Chalos in The Tennessean on Erin Andrews' Post-Trial Collection Efforts

Lieff Cabraser Nashville office managing partner Mark Chalos continues his Tennessean streak (subscription) with post-trial commentary on the Erin Andrews case, concurring with Ms. Andrews’ attorneys that her insolvent stalker should not be responsible for any of the $55 million judgment won earlier in March by Ms. Andrews. “Presumably if the hotel owner and operator are held responsible for the entire amount of harm caused, then Ms. Andrews would have a higher likelihood of recovering more of the judgment amount,” said Chalos. [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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