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Class action against GM alleges recalls have reduced value of all GM vehicles

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Steve Larson

CarA recently filed class action lawsuit alleges that GM’s reputation has been so badly damaged by its recent onslaught of recalls that even vehicles not included in the recalls have depreciated in value, according to a consumer class action filed Wednesday seeking more than $10 billion on behalf of all GM vehicle owners. Read more…

The Nation says forced arbitration is screwing consumers

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersThe Nation has published a very accurate article about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions allowing forced arbitration is screwing consumers.  Here is the link.

http://www.thenation.com/article/180551/how-consumers-are-getting-screwed-court-enforced-arbitration

Dale Irwin explains unfairness of arbitration clauses in article in Kansas City Star

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersJenn, a waitress at a chain restaurant, left her job because a male coworker kept verbally and physically abusing her, despite her constant complaints to management.

Believing a court and jury would find that unacceptable, she filed suit for sex discrimination. Her employer tried to get her suit thrown out of court, claiming she had signed away her right to a jury trial in order to get her job waiting tables.

Only then did she realize why she had been required to sign an arbitration agreement. It was to shield her employer from a jury. Read more…

NCAA players to receive $40 million in settlement

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by Steve Larson

EA_Sports_LOGOFormer NCAA players have settled a portion of their claims under terms that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.  The payouts may go to more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in videogames made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say it would be the first time college athletes will be paid for the commercial use of their images. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court rejects certiorari of tobacco cases

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Steve Larson

cigaretteOn Monday, June 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to entertain ten appeals by the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Inc., which would have affected more than $70 million in verdicts against them. Read more…

Take Justice Back issues 10 top myths on forced arbitration proposed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionTake Justice Back, a non-profit working to protect consumers, has issued a work paper on the top 10 myths the U.S. Chamber of Commerce promotes to support Forced Arbitration.  Here is a link to the article.

 

 

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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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