Class Actions Blog

Sony facing class-action lawsuit over data breach by North Koreans

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityA short time ago, it was revealed that a massive computer breach had exposed the personal information of thousands of current and former Sony employees.  The U.S. Government has said that North Korea was behind the hacking.

Lawyers representing two former Sony Pictures employees filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles this week. The 45-page complaint on behalf of former and current employees alleges that the Culver City studio was negligent by ignoring warnings that its system was subject to hacking.  According to the complaint, Sony “failed to secure its computer systems, servers and databases, despite weaknesses that it has known about for years” and “subsequently failed to timely protect confidential information of its current and former employees from law-breaking hackers.” Read more…

Oracle named in wage suppression class actions

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Steve Larson

oracleEarlier I posted about a number of class actions that had been filed against Google, Apple, and others in the Silicon Valley alleging that there was a conspiracy not to recruit employees from other employers.  Now, an Oracle employee has filed a similar case against Oracle. Read more…

Vibram settles class action relating to FiveFingers shoes for $3.75 Million

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

FiveFingersFootwear manufacturer Vibram will have to pay about 150,000 claims in a class-action lawsuit settled over its FiveFingers shoes.  The settlement pending in federal court in Massachusetts must still be finally approved by the court.  Read more…

Judge dismisses opt-outs’ case against NFL

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Steve Larson

FootballA Minnesota federal judge dismissed the claims of three former NFL players who were suing for violation of their publicity rights.  The Judge ruled the use of game footage in NFL Films productions was noncommercial speech and dismissing what was a putative class action before a $42 million settlement the plaintiffs opted out of.

The three former players were part of the nearly two dozen ex-players who filed a class action in 2009 accusing the league of profiting off their names and images. The court approved a settlement in that case in November, which created a fund for retired players and a publicity rights licensing agency, but more than 2,100 players opted out of the deal, including these three former players.  Read more…

NCAA athletes file class action against broadcasters

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Fotolia BasketballSeveral former college football and men’s basketball players have filed an antitrust class action against broadcasters and others.  The complaint alleges that the defendants have illegally used athletes’ names, images and likenesses in television and radio broadcasts.  The defendants include nearly all of the national over-the-air and cable television networks that have significant live college sports programming, the five largest conferences, and the nation’s two largest college-sports multi-media and marketing rights companies. Read more…

AT&T Mobility settles unauthorized phone calling class action for $45 million

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Steve Larson

attAT&T Mobility asked a Montana federal judge to approve a $45 million settlement to resolve a putative class action alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited calls to individuals who were allegedly not AT&T subscribers.  In a joint motion, the parties asked U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen to approve the proposed settlement, arguing that it presents guaranteed benefits to the 16,000-member settlement class without the risks and costs associated with a trial, while also releasing AT&T from all liability. 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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