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On January 9, 2014, Lori Andrus will be featured on a panel discussing pay inequity in the legal profession. San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association is hosting the event, which will also include Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director for Equal Rights Advocates, and Carla Minnard, of the Minnard Law Firm. Ingrid Evans of the Evans Law Firm will moderate.
Ms. Andrus will advise attendees of the latest statistics on the pay differential between male and female attorneys, provide historical background, and offer pointers on how law firms can implement fair compensation schemes and combat unconscious bias in evaluation and promotion processes. Ms. Andrus will also tackle the topic in an article in Trial Magazine’s March 2014 issue.
Lori Andrus was recognized as the “Woman Consumer Advocate of the Year” by her state trial lawyers’ bar, the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).
The award is given to “a trailblazing female CAOC member who has made significant contributions to the profession by: (1) pioneering leadership roles for women plaintiffs’ lawyers; (2) inspiring, supporting, and mentoring other member lawyers; (3) obtaining excellent results for consumers and injured victims; (4) helping elect pro-civil justice candidates; or (5) working to either establish new law or protect favorable law for consumers or injured victims.”
Andrus is proud to represent individuals harmed by others, and classes of individuals harmed by corporate wrongdoing. She is committed to increasing the number of women in positions of power in politics and in the legal field. On being selected as the Woman Consumer Advocate of the Year, Andrus said, “My colleagues in the plaintiffs’ bar in California are a talented group, and I am deeply honored to be chosen for this award.”
On September 19, 2013, District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel ordered final approval of a class action settlement worth more than $100 million in Ralston v. Mortgage Investors Group and Countrywide Home Loans. The class consists of California homeowners who purchased certain Option ARM Loans. Andrus Anderson partner, Jennie Lee Anderson, is co-lead class counsel in the case, which was filed in the Northern District of California. Plaintiff alleged that defendants violated California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) by failing to disclose certain information in the sale of Option ARM Loans. Checks will be mailed to class members by December 15, 2013. For more additional information, please contact us or visit the Option ARM Loan Settlement website.
Andrus Anderson partner, Jennie Lee Anderson, has for the third consecutive year been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers recognizes a small percentage of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Visit Ms. Anderson’s Super Lawyer Profile for more information about Ms. Anderson’s practice areas and achievements.
Andrus Anderson LLP partner Jennie Lee Anderson was appointed Liaison Counsel for indirect purchaser plaintiffs in In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation, on May 17, 2013. Andrus Anderson LLP represents consumers in this class action filed against Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, LG Chem, Samsung, and Sanyo for allegedly conspiring to fix and raise the prices of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in violation of U.S. antitrust law from 2002 to 2011. The case is pending in the Northern District of California before the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. For more information about the case or other potential antitrust and unfair competition matters, please contact us.
On March 12, 2013, Andrus Anderson LLP partner Lori Andrus will participate in a panel discussion on summary judgment, along with two judges and other lawyers.
Ms. Andrus will be offering the plaintiffs’ perspective on defeating summary judgment in state court. Other participants include U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley and Marin County Superior Court Judge M. Lynn Duryee.
The panel discussion is being hosted by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association.
On March 5, 2013, Andrus Anderson LLP partner Lori Andrus spoke at the first annual Women En Mass retreat in Aspen, Colorado. Women En Mass is the only retreat designed for women plaintiffs’ lawyers practicing in the field of pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort litigation. Women En Mass provides an opportunity for women attorneys to talk about issues affecting them, at their firms and in the courtroom.
In her address, Ms. Andrus asked the attendees to consider how women lawyers can encourage federal and state judges to embrace the virtues of diversity and to work collectively to increase the number of women appointed to leadership positions in mass tort litigation.
Ms. Andrus also paid tribute to the two most important women in her development: her mother, Colleen Houston Andrus, and her former law partner, Elizabeth Cabraser. Commenting on these two women, Ms. Andrus said, “From a very young age, my mother taught me I could be anything I wanted to be. Later, as a lawyer, I was privileged to gain Elizabeth’s confidence, which, by itself, opened doors for me professionally.”
Andrus Anderson LLP partner Jennie Lee Anderson will speak at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami on February 12. Her presentation, “Class Action Update: Hot Topics Before the US Supreme Court”, will examine the potential impact of multiple class action cases currently pending before the high court. For more information about class actions or to speak to an attorney about a potential class action, click here.
Plaintiffs represented by Andrus Anderson LLP are seeking final approval of a nationwide class action settlement in the In re EasySaver Rewards Litigation pending in the Southern District of California. Plaintiffs allege among other things that, upon requesting a $15 off credit from Provide Commerce websites, including Proflowers.com, they were unwittingly enrolled in and charged for EasySaver Rewards program, but received no benefits. The settlement, which includes both merchandise credits and cash refunds, is valued at $38 million. For additional information click here to visit the settlement website. A fairness hearing regarding the settlement will be on January 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m San Diego.
Andrus Anderson LLP represent indirect purchaser plaintiffs currently seeking final approval of settlements in a class action lawsuit regarding price-fixing of LCD screens used in TVs, monitors and laptops. The settlements total over $1 billion and will compensate consumers who plaintiffs contend were overcharged as a result of an international price-fixing cartel.