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Even start-ups are using forced arbitration to take away workers’ rights

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printExcellent article in the New York Times about how start-ups are copying big corporations in using forced arbitration to take away workers’ rights.  Here is the link

Supreme court takes middle road in Spokeo case

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionOn May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme remanded back to the Ninth Circuit for further analysis the Robins v. Spokeo case.   The case involved a class action lawsuit filed by plaintiff Thomas Robins, who alleged that almost everything in the people-search website’s profile of him was inaccurate, including that he was a wealthy married man with children.  He sued under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires consumer-reporting agencies to take reasonable steps to assure the accuracy of the information they publish. Companies that willfully violate the act can be liable for actual damages or $1,000 per violation. A consumer also can seek punitive damages. Read more…

Lyft increases proposed settlement fund to $24 million

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarLyft agreed to increase its proposed settlement with its 163,000 California drivers to $27 million. That more than doubles the earlier $12 million offer. 

However, it is still unclear whether the drivers are employees or independent contractors.  Read more…

Mitsubishi agrees to pay $84 million to exit auto parts antitrust class action

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarMitsubishi has agreed to pay $84.4 million to resolve claims by car buyers and auto dealers in multidistrict litigation accusing the company of conspiring with others to fix prices on auto parts.  Mitsubishi will pay $64.23 million to the auto buyers and $20.2 million to the auto dealers to resolve their claims that it conspired to allocate the supply of auto parts and sell them at noncompetitive prices in the U.S. and elsewhere. Read more…

Ninth Circuit rules deposit of offer of judgment into escrow fund does not moot class action

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by Steve Larson
justiceThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a putative class action could proceed despite a defendant offering judgment on a named plaintiff’s individual claims under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68.  In the case, Chen, et al. v. Allstate Ins. Co., named plaintiffs Richard Chen and Florencio Pacleb filed a class-action complaint against Allstate Insurance Company alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer protection Act (“TCPA”) after receiving unsolicited automated calls and texts from the company. Plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated, sought $500 in statutory damages for each violation by Allstate, as well as injunctive relief.
Allstate attempted to have the class action dismissed by offering settlement to the named plaintiffs and depositing $20,000 in an escrow fund in furtherance of the settlement.

Read more…

Uber settles driver misclassification class action for $100 million

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarUber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit which resolves a major challenge to its business model by allowing the ride-hailing service to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors.  The lawsuit had claimed that Uber drivers are employees and thus entitled to reimbursement of expenses. 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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