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"In the age of mass production and mass marketing, class actions are necessary to allow individuals to take on multi-national corporations, where expenses of litigating would be otherwise prohibitive. The class becomes a de facto corporation for the purposes of suit, allowing individuals to band together and be equally matched against corporate defendants," +Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP  class action attorney Elizabeth Cabraser has observed.  It's no surprise then that a bill in Congress sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as explained by Los Angeles Times consumer affairs columnist David Lazarus, effectively eliminates class actions, granting corporations immunity to defraud consumers. 
Many companies already forbid you from joining other disgruntled customers in filing a class-action lawsuit, forcing you instead to take your beef to an arbitrator.
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Another reason why our 7th Amendment Right to A Civil Jury Trial is so important: We can not rely on government safety regulators to keep us safe and hold manufacturers accountable for producing dangerous products. Case in point: even as evidence mounted of dangerous defects in millions of vehicles, the federal agency tasked with ensuring auto safety repeatedly failed for years to root out problems and hold carmakers accountable, according to a internal audit by the Transportation Department.
The agency had weak management and undertrained staff, and it repeatedly missed opportunities to identify the deadly defect at the heart of a large recall of G.M. vehicles.
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Zimmer claimed that its Persona knee systems came "as close as possible to the remarkable mechanics of the human body," and that the devices were the "most anatomically accurate knee implants" ever manufactured.
 
Ad: Did you receive a recalled Zimmer Persona knee implant? The law in most states provides individuals with legal claims and the right to compensation for injuries they suffer as a result of a medical device that is defective or fails to perform as advertised. Learn more about your legal rights.

#zimmerknee #zimmerkneerecall #zimmerkneereplacementrecall #zimmerpersonaknee
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The complaint charges that Sony owed a duty to take reasonable steps to secure the data of its employees, and that Sony breached this duty by failing to properly invest in adequate IT security, despite receiving numerous warnings about security gaps and despite having already succumbed to multiple prior breaches, including one of the largest data breaches in history only three years ago.
 
A federal court this week held that employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment whose personal information was exposed in last year's well publicized data breach may bring claims against Sony for its alleged failure to take reasonable steps to secure the information.
"We are pleased that the court has properly recognized the harm to Sony's employees resulting from their private information escaping their employer's protection," stated attorney +Michael Sobol, who serves as plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel.

#digitalprivacy   #datasecurity   #hacker   #databreach   #hacking   #sony   #privacy  
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#Tortreform  is a favorite cause for many business leaders and right-leaning politicians, who contend that out-of-control lawsuits throttle growth and inflate costs, particularly in healthcare. Less is said about how such reforms might affect the ability of individuals to recover damages for injuries suffered through another party's negligence.  In a new book by Stephen Daniels, a research professor for the American Bar Foundation, and Joanne Martin, Director of Administrative Services at the American Bar Endowment, highlight the role plaintiffs’ attorneys play as the “the civil justice system's gatekeepers, providing meaningful access to the rights the law provides.” The book, notes Center for Justice & Democracy, “offers a unique and sobering perspective on how tort reform can curtail this access—and thus, the legal rights of American citizens."  

http://www.amazon.com/Reform-Plaintiffs-Lawyers-Access-Justice/dp/0700620737
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The Los Angeles Times reports that federal regulators halted manufacturing and sales at a Pennsylvania company in 2012 that made endoscope washing machines still in use in more than 1,000 hospitals and clinics nation wide, including hospitals with #superbug outbreaks.

"The new revelations might raise more questions," The LA Times notes, "about the FDA's oversight of device makers and the level of information it shares with medical providers and patients."

Learn more about the #superbug outbreak from contaminated endoscopes at 
http://www.lieffcabraser.com/Personal-Injury/Devices/Deadly-Endoscope-Superbug-Infections.shtml
Federal regulators halted manufacturing and sales at a Pennsylvania company in 2012 that made the scope-washing machines used at UCLA and two other hospitals with recent superbug outbreaks.
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"In the age of mass production and mass marketing, class actions are necessary to allow individuals to take on multi-national corporations, where expenses of litigating would be otherwise prohibitive. The class becomes a de facto corporation for the purposes of suit, allowing individuals to band together and be equally matched against corporate defendants," Lieff Cabraser class action attorney Elizabeth Cabraser has observed.  It's no surprise then that a bill in Congress sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as explained by Los Angeles Times consumer affairs columnist David Lazarus, effectively eliminates class actions, granting corporations immunity to defraud consumers. 
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Lieff Cabraser attorney +Lexi Hazam announced that three patients prescribed olmesartan, a widely-prescribed blood pressure medication sold under the brand name Benicar, along with Benicar HT, Tribenzor and Azor, recently filed lawsuits against Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo, Benicar's manufacturer, and Forest Laboratories, which marketed and distributed Benicar in the United States.
 
"Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories, as alleged in the complaint, insufficiently tested #Benicar before introducing it to the market and did not accompany the prescription drug with adequate instructions and warnings to apprise patients of its full risks and side effects," stated Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi Hazam, who serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee advancing the #Benicarlawsuits pending in federal court.  
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The case involves a double fatality that pretrial evidence indicates was caused by a park-to-reverse event in a Chrysler-manufactured 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan.
 
The "park-to-reverse" defect can lead a driver to place a vehicle into what appears to be the park gear when the transmission is actually in an intermediate, "false-park" gear. If the engine is left running and for any reason the driver leaves the vehicle - thinking it is in park, the vehicle can suddenly and unexpectedly jerk into powered reverse, causing injuries or even deaths.  Today, a federal appeals court reversed an order that had dismissed wrongful death claims linked to the park-to-reverse defect allegedly found in many #Chrysler vehicles.

#autodefect   #falsepark   #parktoreverse   #transmissiondefect  
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#Tortreform is a favorite cause for many business leaders and right-leaning politicians, who contend that out-of-control lawsuits throttle growth and inflate costs, particularly in healthcare. Less is said about how such reforms might affect the ability of individuals to recover damages for injuries suffered through another party's negligence.  In a new book by Stephen Daniels, a research professor for the American Bar Foundation, and Joanne Martin, Director of Administrative Services at the American Bar Endowment, highlight the role plaintiffs’ attorneys play as the “the civil justice system's gatekeepers, providing meaningful access to the rights the law provides.” The book, notes Center for Justice & Democracy, “offers a unique and sobering perspective on how tort reform can curtail this access—and thus, the legal rights of American citizens."

http://www.amazon.com/Reform-Plaintiffs-Lawyers-Access-Justice/dp/0700620737
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Corrosion had eaten away nearly half of the metal wall of a pipeline that ruptured and spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara coast last month.  Lieff Cabraser is representing local residents in a class action lawsuit seeking to hold Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline accountable for failing to maintain the pipeline and the resulting environmental damage and economic losses caused by the oil spill. 
Affected business and property owners may contact +Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP for a free review of their claim at

http://www.lieffcabraser.com/Case-Center/Santa-Barbara-Oil-Spill.shtml
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"Did you recently buy something using your credit card?"+Take Justice Back asks. "Probably. But did you know that, with each swipe, you could be giving up your legal rights – specifically, your right to hold the credit card company accountable in court if they cheat customers or violate their privacy. It’s called #forcedarbitration  and St. John's University law professor, Jeff Sovern, argues that it’s time for this anti-consumer practice to be banned."
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I am a partner at Lieff Cabraser, one of the nation's premier plaintiffs' law firms, and serve on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California. I have represented clients in consumer protection, personal injury and class action case.
 
Lieff Cabraser is committed to achieving justice for consumers, employees, patients, investors, and business owners; promoting safer products and fair competition; protecting our environment; safeguarding the rights of patent and copyright holders, assisting individuals blow the whistle on fraud; and remedying violations of the civil rights of citizens worldwide. 

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