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GM named in class action involving faulty ignitions

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Fotolia CarGeneral Motors was hit with what a lawsuit related to the recall of 1.6 million cars, as customers claimed their vehicles lost value because of ignition problems blamed for a series of fatal crashes.  The proposed class action, filed in federal court in Texas, said GM knew about the problem since 2004, but failed to fix it, creating “unreasonably dangerous” conditions for drivers of the affected models. Read more…

Vivian Connell tweet is dark comedy relating to privacy laws

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

LikeIn her tweet on what happens when you click on “Agree” to terms and conditions, Vivian Connell lists the types of terms you are agreeing to, including the line: “Settlements will be determined by an arbitrator who gets kickbacks from us.”

Here is the link to the video.

JPML transfers cast iron sewer pipe antitrust class actions to Tennessee

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Law and justice concept, gavelThe U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed to consolidate in Tennessee federal court a number of proposed class actions accusing AB&I Foundry and other sellers of cast iron soil pipe and fittings of conspiring to artificially inflate prices.   As many as eight actions filed by plumbing wholesalers and other plaintiffs will be combined and heard by Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the panel said in a three-page order. Read more…

NLRB judge holds grocery chain’s class action waivers were unenforceable

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersA National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that Sprouts Farmers Markets LLC had violated federal labor law by requiring its workers to sign an arbitration agreement containing a class waiver. The NLRB judge rejected the company’s arguments that the board’s D.R. Horton decision should not apply.

Administrative Law Judge Ira Sandron found that the grocery chain’s arbitration agreement with its workers could not stand in light of the D.R. Horton decision, in which the NLRB held that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act by requiring employees to waive their right to bring class or collective claims. Read more…

New Jersey “Bridgegate” spawns class action

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Fotolia CarThe plaintiffs in a putative class action filed in the wake of New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” controversy asked a federal judge to certify a class of more than a million commuters and businesses that allegedly suffered because of the politically motivated lane closures. In a brief supporting its motion for certification, the plaintiffs argued a class action suit was the best way to handle the suit filed against the state of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie, the Port Authority ofNew York and New Jersey and several Christie Administration and Port Authority executives, because of the sheer number of potential class members, which would include all of the 918,888 residents and 106,754 businesses of Bergen County, N.J., in addition to 105,000 EZ-Pass commuters who travel eastbound on the George Washington Bridge, the target of September’s eastbound lane closures.

That affected class, totals just more than 1.1 million potential class members. Read more…

Royal Bank of Scotland settles mortgage backed derivative class action

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Stocks and sharesEmployee health and pension funds that launched a consolidated class action in New York federal court accusing Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC of misleading investors in mortgage-backed securities offerings have agreed to a $275 million cash settlement.   The settlement with RBS is the nation’s third-largest MBS-federal securities class action settlement stemming from the 2008 financial collapse. The plaintiffs in the certified consolidated class action include the New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund, the Boilermaker Blacksmith Pension Trust, Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System and Midwest Operating Engineers Pension Trust Fund. Read more…

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