Class Actions Blog

Safeway liable to class of customers that were overcharged for online orders

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Ninth Circuit this week agreed with the trial court that a class of customers was overcharged for online orders. The court also agreed that Safeway did not have the right to change its contract without notifying customers. In doing so, the court upheld a $41.8 million judgment against Safeway, Inc.

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Wells Fargo takes advantage of consumers again – this time for auto insurance

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by Steve Larson

According to a number of reports, Wells Fargo automatically signed up customers with auto loans for auto insurance, even if the customers were already covered by auto insurance. Then the insurer demanded payment for the auto insurance premiums, which put hundreds of thousands of people into default.

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 19 other State Attorney Generals send letter to Congress backing CFPB’s Mandatory Arbitration Rule

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Multi-State letter opposes restrictions Congress is contemplating on a new rule passed by the CFPB that would prohibit banks from requiring consumers to waive their right to seek redress in court. Restrictions on participation in class action cases are routinely inserted by financial institutions into contracts for financial products such as credit cards, payday loans, and checking accounts. Many consumers enter contracts without being aware that they are relinquishing significant rights, including their rights in court.

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Class action certified against Procter & Gamble regarding flushable wet wipes

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A class action was certified in federal court in California against Procter & Gamble on behalf of customers who allege that the company’s “flushable” wet wipes weren’t actually flushable. Procter & Gamble had argued that all class members may not have had the same understanding of the term. Judge Seeborg rejected this argument.

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Judge rules American Family Insurance agents are employees, not independent contractors

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A federal judge in Ohio ruled that a certified class of nearly 7,000 insurance agents were misclassified as independent contractors by American Family Insurance Co. and are in fact employees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The Judge found the company exerted a level of control like that of an employer.

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Economic Policy Institute issues report saying average consumer does better in a class action than in arbitration

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Economic Policy Institute just released a fact sheet debunking industry claims that consumers recover more money in arbitration than class actions. They re-examined data from the CFPB study and found that the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank or lender $7,725 in arbitration.

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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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