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Ohio Worker’s Compensation Bureau Settles Class Action for $420 Million

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Steve Larson

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (“OBWC”) announced it would pay $420 million to settle a class action accusing the agency of overcharging for workers’ compensation premiums during a seven-year period.  A number of businesses had sued the OBWC claiming some had been overcharged in order to make up for businesses that were charged much lower premiums in exchange for their participation in the agency’s group rating plan. The settlement resolves the lawsuit, which was filed in 2007. Read more…

Ninth Circuit Opens Door For Consumers to Avoid Arbitration

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Keith Dubanevich

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersOn August 18, 2014, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble, in which the Court affirmed a district court order that denied the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration.  The plaintiff, Nguyen, filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court on behalf of himself and a putative class of consumers whose HP Touchpad orders had been cancelled.  Barnes & Noble removed the action to federal court and moved to compel arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) arguing that Nguyen was bound by the arbitration agreement on the Barnes & Noble website. Read more…

Anheuser-Busch drivers allege overtime violations

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by Steve Larson

ABAnheuser-Busch InBev has been hit with a $5 million lawsuit by a pair of its employees who say the beer-brewing giant failed to pay its truck drivers for overtime hours and did not allow them to take meal and rest breaks.  The lawsuit, filed by drivers Charles Hill and Joe Correa in federal court in California, is a putative class action filed on behalf of other AB InBev drivers. The plaintiffs say they are still determining the potential size of the class, but it could reach 400 members based on the number of California drivers the company either currently employs or employed within the past four years. Read more…

Subprime auto loans

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Steve Larson

CarJessica Silver Greenberg has written a great article on how lenders are now focusing their subprime lending on auto loans rather than mortgages to take advantage of consumers. Read more…

NCAA concussion settlement bars future class actions

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by Steve Larson

football-injuryThe NCAA has agreed to pay $70 million to set up a concussion-screening framework under a proposed settlement with former student-athletes this week, but the deal would keep the organization’s future litigation exposure low by requiring players to bring individual suits, rather than class actions, in order to seek recovery for treatment or injuries. Read more…

Former Price Waterhouse employees get class certified in ERISA case

Posted on: August 1st, 2014 by Steve Larson

Blog Wage and HourIn 2006, former employees of Price Waterhouse filed a putative class action alleging that when they were paid a lump sum distribution of their benefits under Price Waterhouse’s retirement benefit plan before age 65, Price Waterhouse’s calculations didn’t meet Employee Retirement Income Security Act standards.

Recently, U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken certified a class in this long running litigation.  The class consists of those employees who took a lump sum payouts under Price Waterhouse’s retirement benefit accumulation plan between March 23, 2000, and Aug. 17, 2006.  The class may include thousands according to the motion for class certification. Read more…

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  • Steve Larson has been representing investors, consumers and employees in class actions in Oregon for over 20 years. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Stoll Berne in Portland, Oregon.
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