Class Actions Blog

Jury awards $491 million in damages for fraud by prepaid funeral company

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by Keith Dubanevich

A federal court jury in St. Louis recently awarded $491 million in damages in a lawsuit sparked by the collapse of a Missouri-based company, National Prearranged Services Inc., that sold prepaid funerals.  NPS promised customers across the country that money from prearranged funeral contracts would be held in trust.  Claims were supposed to be funded by life insurance policies payable to the trust but federal authorities found that company officers and others spent some of the money on lavish lifestyles instead. Read more…

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issues report on mandatory arbitration and class action waivers

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by N. Robert Stoll

CFPB arbitration reportYesterday, following three years of intense research, empirical studies, and analysis, following dozens of submissions by a wide range of stakeholders including thousands of pages, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issued its Final Report, mandated by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act, as to the effects of mandatory arbitration/class action waivers. From the CFPB press release: Read more…

Important and immediate change to Oregon class action law

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by Scott Shorr

Oregon LegislatureOn March 4, 2015, Oregon significantly changed its class action law, Oregon Rule of Civil Procedure (“ORCP”) 32.   The legislature passed and the Governor signed House Bill 2700.  The bill changes Oregon class action procedure and requires that leftover or residual funds from class actions be paid 50% to an Oregon legal aid fund and 50% to another entity that relates to the subject of the class action or benefits class members.    Read more…

PGA caddies file class action over forced promotion

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Steve Larson

PGACaddies for PGA golfers have filed a class action lawsuit against the PGA Tour, contending they were forced to wear bibs featuring corporate logos and other advertisements that generate millions of dollars for the tour without giving the caddies any compensation.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. federal court in California, says the PGA Tour threatened to prevent the caddies from working at tournaments organized and promoted by the organization if they refused to wear the bibs. Read more…

Judge rejects motion to dismiss Target data breach class action

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by Steve Larson

targetFederal Judge Paul Magnuson in Minnesota rejected a motion to dismiss in the Target data breach lawsuit.  The lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of Target customers that were harmed by a data breach that occurred from November 27 to December 15, 2013.  The complaint alleges that the data breach made class members personal information vulnerable. Approximately 110 million Target customers may have been affected by the data breach. Read more…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives green light to class actions

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Steve Larson

walmartA Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in mid-December upholding a nearly $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for denying breaks to its workers signals a split with federal courts over standards for bringing class actions, and could cause new claims to be pursued in the state court system. Read more…

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  • Steve Larson

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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.
  • Keith Dubanevich

  • Steve Larson
  • Keith Dubanevich has extensive experience handling antitrust, consumer and securities cases. Until joining the Portland, Oregon law firm Stoll Berne as a shareholder, he was the Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff at the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • Robert Stoll

  • Steve Larson
  • Robert Stoll, the founder of Stoll Berne, is retired from the practice of law and serves a member of the Advisory Board to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Scott Shorr

  • Steve Larson
  • Scott Shorr, one of the firm's managing shareholders, is a trial and appellate attorney who handles a variety of complex business, securities and consumer class action litigation. Scott was the arguing counsel before the United States Supreme Court in GEICO General Ins. Co. v. Edo and Safeco Ins. Co. of America v. Burr. Scott practices in state and federal trial court, all appellate courts and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA (formerly the NASD)).
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