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VW sued in new class action about other light duty vehicles

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Steve Larson

CarVolkswagen was hit in New York federal court with a putative class action by customers who purchased certain light duty vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said featured software to evade federal nitrogen oxide pollution testing.

The automaker previously admitted to packaging defeat devices in about 11 million 2.0-liter diesel engines, but denied the clams pertaining to 10,000 additional 3.0-liter diesel engines issued in the EPA’s second notice of a violation of the Clean Air Act. Read more…

Charlie Sheen required guests to sign arbitration clauses

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printThe New York Times recent articles on mandatory arbitration did a great job of shining the light on how arbitration clauses are creating a private secret judicial system.  The news about Charlie Sheen’s disclosure that he has HIV also is demonstrating the damage these arbitration clauses are doing to our system of justice.  According to this article, Charlie Sheen required guests to sign confidentiality agreements that contained mandatory arbitration clauses, which protected him from failing to disclose to sexual partners that he was HIV positive.



Portion of optical disk drive antitrust class action settles

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by Steve Larson

MonitorA class of direct purchasers filed a proposed $37 million settlement with a California federal court, ending one portion of an action accusing multiple electronics makers, including Sony Corp., Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd. and Philips Electronics NV of price fixing optical disc drives.  A total of seven defendant corporations — which also includes BenQ Corp., Pioneer Electronics Inc., Quanta Storage Inc., and TEAC Corp. — have agreed to pay a total of $37 million to settle claims that they conspired to fix prices on optical disc drives, products that read or write data on CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays and are found in computers, video game consoles and other devices. Read more…

Beck’s beer false advertising class action settled

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Fotolia Beer SmallA Florida federal judge gave final approval to a settlement of up to $20 million to be paid by Anheuser-Busch after it was accused by a putative class of consumers of marketing domestically brewed Beck’s beer as a German import.  The settlement allows those who bought Beck’s Pilsner, Dark, Light and Oktoberfest beers from May 1, 2011, to June 23, 2015, to claim refunds depending on the size of the pack they bought, ranging from 10 cents per individual bottle or can to $1.75 for a 20-pack of bottles. Class members will have until Nov. 20 to claim up to $50 per household for purchases with receipts and $12 for those without. The company also agreed to include the words “Brewed in USA” or “product of USA” on the beer’s packaging for five years. Read more…

New York Times calls for end to mandatory arbitration

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printIn a recent editorial from the New York Times, the editorial board has called for the end to mandatory arbitration.

Third and final article on mandatory arbitration published in New York Times

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printOn November 2, 2015, the third and final article on mandatory arbitration was published in The New York Times.  In this installment, the authors look at how forced arbitration is often used by religious organizations or employers to require individuals to submit to “Christian arbitration.”  Instead of having their legal claims resolved by U.S. law, they are deemed to have agreed to have their claims resolved (without meaningful appeal) by persons applying their ideas of scripture. 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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