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Costco receives $37 million jury verdict in LCD TV price fixing lawsuit

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by Keith Dubanevich

SharpA federal jury in Seattle has found that Costco is owed nearly $37 million in damages because it purchased televisions and computers that contained price-fixed liquid-crystal display panels.

Over the past month, jurors reviewed evidence and heard testimony on how much Costco is owed as a result of an antitrust conspiracy.  AU Optronics was found guilty, and LG pleaded guilty, in federal court to conspiring with other LCD manufacturers to fix prices for thin film transistor LCD panels used in televisions and computer screens. AUO was sentenced to pay a $500 million fine, and is currently appealing its conviction and sentence.

Costco filed suit in 2010 against 10 Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean LCD makers.  Eight defendants — including Hannstar, Hitachi and Samsung — all settled the claims prior to trial.  AU Optronics and LG Display admitted to participating in an illegal price-fixing scheme, but countered in court that Costco’s figures were excessive, and proposed $1.5 million in damages.

Costco alleged that the price-fixing scheme kept it from offering the most economical products to its customers. After a day of deliberation, the jury found that Costco had been damaged in the following amounts: $2.9 million for goods purchased from Samsung; $12.1 million for goods from Sharp; $9.1 million for goods from Toshiba, $7.3 million for goods from Phillips; $4.4 million for goods from Panasonic; and $663,000 for goods from JVC.

Closing arguments centered on which side’s economic and technical experts were better qualified, and whose economic data crunching was more accurate.

FedEx Ground settles package handler class action

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Steve Larson

Blog Wage and HourJudge David O. Carter has granted preliminary approval of a class settlement of current and former nonexempt FedEx package handlers in California who worked for the shipping company at any time from Sept. 24, 2009, through the date of preliminary settlement approval.  FedEx Ground has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a group of current and former package handlers.  The lawsuit alleged the company failed to provide proper meal and rest breaks. Read more…

The College Network sued in class action

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Steve Larson

TCNLast week, a class action lawsuit against The College Network was filed in Ohio.  TCN is described as “a predatory sales and marketing machine to extract money from hard-working people looking to better themselves.”

The owner of The College Network, Gary L. Eyler, and his national truck driving school were sued by the federal government in 1988 for $366 million on allegations of fraud and poor training.  The school’s students had a very high default rate on government-backed student loans. The company later settled — for $50,000, but went bankrupt and closed. Read more…

Aunt Jemima heirs file class action

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Steve Larson

PepsiThe great grandson of Anna Short Harrington, the woman who became “Aunt Jemima,” has filed a class action lawsuit against PepsiCo Inc., its subsidiary Quaker Oats Co., and Pinnacle Foods. on behalf of all of her great grandchildren.  He is seeking $2 billion, plus punitive damages to be determined at trial. Read more…

Lost in the Fine Print

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Steve Larson

FinePrintThe Alliance for Justice has just released a documentary entitled “Lost in the Fine Print.”  The documentary is narrated by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

It demonstrates how forced arbitration is slipped by the vast majority of Americans – whether as consumers, workers, or small-business people – in ways that almost none of them will notice or recognize. The system is designed by the stronger parties to disputes – generally huge corporations – to favor them in disputes. Forced arbitration’s rapid spread has been aided by a series of 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that would never have been anticipated by the framers of our Constitution.  Read more…

Armani law “suit” accuses employer of misclassifying interns

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by Steve Larson

ArmaniStephanie Figuccio, 25, of Long Island, says that since 2008, she and more than 100 others were misclassified by Armani as unpaid interns when they should have been paid minimum wage.  The complaint was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.  Figuccio, who alleges she worked 16 to 20 hours a week in Armani’s corporate headquarters on W. 15th St. in the summer of 2009, wants back wages and punitive damages for herself and others.

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