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Portland consumers must opt-out of Biketown forced arbitration clause in first 30 days

Posted on: July 25th, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printThe Oregonian is reporting that people that sign up to use the Biketown bikes in Portland, Oregon have 30 days to opt out of the Forced Arbitration Clause in the sign-up agreement.

Here is the link: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2016/07/how_to_keep_your_right_to_sue.html.

Democratic Platform To Limit Forced Arbitration

Posted on: July 21st, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printPreparations are underway for the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. The Draft Democratic Platform unequivocally supports an individual’s right to his or her day in court and efforts to limit forced arbitration clauses in employment and service contracts. Read more…

Roger Ailes to use forced arbitration to defend himself in sexual harassment case

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printAccording to the Washington Post, Roger Ailes is using a forced arbitration clause in Gretchen Carlson’s employment agreement to avoid having the facts about his alleged sexual harassment aired in public.  Here is the link.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/07/09/roger-ailes-opts-for-secrecy-cowardice-in-face-of-gretchen-carlson-suit/

VW to pay $10.2 billion to settle civil emission lawsuits

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarVolkswagen will reportedly pay $10.2 billion to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its U.S. diesel emissions cheating scandal and to fund efforts to offset pollution. Owners will receive an average of $5,000 in compensation along with the estimated value of the vehicles as of September 2015, before the scandal erupted. Owners would also receive the compensation if they choose to have the vehicles repaired, assuming U.S. regulators approve a fix at a later date. Read more…

Like Comcast, Google Fiber is including class action waivers in its customer agreements

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printGoogle Fiber has added new terms to its customer agreements.  Like other large Internet service providers, customers who want to sue Google Fiber must now instead submit to arbitration.  The Google Fiber terms were updated last week with a note that they now “require the use of binding arbitration to resolve disputes rather than jury trials or class actions.” Read more…

Theranos sued in class actions

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Healthcare Class ActionA number of class-action lawsuits have been filed in Northern California against the Arizona-based blood-testing firm Theranos. Some of the class actions allege that Theranos falsely advertised its products to consumers. Others allege that the company breached its contract with customers by not providing what had been promised—a minimally invasive procedure and accurate test results. 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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