Criminal Conviction of Plains All American Pipeline For 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill Should Help Plaintiffs in Related Civil Cases

Criminal Conviction of Plains All American Pipeline For 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Thousands of Fishermen, Oil Workers and Property Owners Follow Criminal Suit with Civil Action for Losses Relating to Refugio State Beach Oil Spill

Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline has been found guilty of criminal charges relating to the 2015 oil spill at Santa Barbara’s Refugio State Beach. That verdict is very likely to help class action plaintiffs in the related civil suits stemming from the spill. “We think it is critically important that the criminal jury has determined beyond reasonable doubt that Plains knowingly engaged in or caused the discharge or spill of oil into the waters of the state,” notes Lieff Cabraser attorney and co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel Robert J. Nelson. “Our view is that the verdict has a preclusive impact on our case,” added Nelson. “We hope to take advantage of many aspects of this criminal trial, not just the verdicts. We’ll see what happens when we make that motion to our court.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at HarrisMartin’s Upcoming Southern California Wildfires & Mudslide Litigation Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at HarrisMartin’s Upcoming Southern California Wildfires & Mudslide Litigation Conference

Multiple Lieff Cabraser attorneys will be participating in HarrisMartin’s Southern California Wildfires and Mudslide Litigation Conference on May 8, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Ray, California. [Read more…]

Robert Nelson Speaks on Complex Litigation at CAOC 2016

Robert Nelson Speaks on Complex Litigation

Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson will be speaking at the 2016 Consumer Attorneys of California 55th annual convention on the panel, “Complex Litigation: Understanding and Flourishing in the Alphabet Soup of JCCPs, MDLs, etc.” Robert will be talking specifically on “What are the rules? CMOs and trial plans” during the Saturday 11/12 session from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalists

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalists

The Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”) announced this year’s finalists for the organization’s two major member awards, Consumer Attorney of the Year and Street Fighter of the Year.

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Top 3 Factors for Whistleblowers in Selecting a Lawyer

Top 3 Factors for Whistleblowers

I’m Robert Nelson, the chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Whistleblower law practice group. I’ve published two new videos relating to whistleblower law. The topics include guidance for individuals seeking a whistleblower case lawyer, as well as a general overview of whistleblower law and how whistleblower plaintiff cases are managed and advanced.

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