On April 12, 2017, Gibbs Law Group attorneys hosted a reception for Berkeley Law’s Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society. The event brought together Boalt Hall faculty, young alumni, and current students to discuss some of the key accomplishments and major efforts underway for consumer law at the school. In particular, the event introduced and celebrated the hiring of Professor Abbye Atkinson, the first tenure-track professor specializing in consumer law in the history of the law school. Her hiring is a significant step in the evolution of consumer law at Berkeley. Professor Ted Mermin, who teaches consumer protection law at Berkeley, and Dean Melissa Murray delivered remarks to the group.
Andre Mura has been selected by the American Association for Justice to its 2017 Leadership Academy. The highly-selective program (awarded to no more than 16 plaintiff attorneys nationwide) is an initiative of the AAJ Diversity Committee, and is intended to provide those selected with the skills and techniques needed to position them as effective leaders in professional settings, in AAJ, and in their communities.
Some consumers see the tracking and selling of their data as being the price they pay for having free access to sites like Facebook. But the data brokers who buy this data are not always innocuous advertisers merely looking to better target their ads.
Girard Gibbs LLP is investigating potential claims on behalf of purchasers of NantHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: NH) common stock or securities who allege that an improper philanthropic donation by the company’s founder Patrick Soon-Shiong violated federal securities law and artificially inflated stock prices.
A federal judge has awarded $2.556 million in damages to Steven Cooper, an 18-year Army veteran who sued the Veterans Administration for denying him access to medical care and failing to properly diagnose him with prostate cancer when it was still curable.
Daniel Girard will serve as an attorney panelist for this national series sponsored by the American Bar Association addressing how to promote efficiency and improve the chances for success in motion practice. The program features two panel discussions, each including local district judges, magistrate judges, and plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, discussing problems with current practices, and offering improved approaches for resolving interlocutory disputes. Mr. Girard will serve on the attorney panel alongside U.S. District Judges James Donato and Beth Labson Freeman, and U.S. Magistrate Judges Elizabeth Laporte and Sallie Kim. The panel discussions will be moderated by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, now director of the Federal Judicial Center.
Consumers alleging that Vizio violated various privacy and consumer protection laws by tracking and analyzing the viewing habits of Smart TV users without proper consent have survived a critical stage of the lawsuit. On March 2, 2017, the Honorable Josephine Staton of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California issued an order largely denying Vizio’s Motion to Dismiss the case, which means that the lawsuit can continue into the next phase, and plaintiffs will be permitted to file a second consolidated complaint if they so choose.
Eric Gibbs, David Stein and Amy Zeman will be presenting at the upcoming Mass Tort Med School and Class Actions Conference on March 13-15th in Orlando, Florida. The conference, presented by HB Litigation Conferences, will provide a deep dive into a variety of issues of importance to practitioners, including the science and medicine of mass torts, a focus on trends and developments in current cases, the impact of the changing political climate on class and mass actions, and identifying opportunities that intersect mass torts and class actions.
Bloomberg Law Federal Contracts Report TM published an article this week on the recent dismissal of a False Claims Act Whistleblower case in which one of the company’s engineers charged Raytheon, a large defense contractor, with making false statements about the status of a $1 billion weather satellite program and concealing defects about the technology, while continuing to bill the federal government for the contract. In dismissing the False Claims Act lawsuit, the California judge called the whistleblower complaint “incomprehensible” due to a lack of clarity, grammatical errors and technical jargon.