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VW to pay $10.2 billion to settle civil emission lawsuits

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarVolkswagen will reportedly pay $10.2 billion to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its U.S. diesel emissions cheating scandal and to fund efforts to offset pollution. Owners will receive an average of $5,000 in compensation along with the estimated value of the vehicles as of September 2015, before the scandal erupted. Owners would also receive the compensation if they choose to have the vehicles repaired, assuming U.S. regulators approve a fix at a later date. Read more…

Like Comcast, Google Fiber is including class action waivers in its customer agreements

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printGoogle Fiber has added new terms to its customer agreements.  Like other large Internet service providers, customers who want to sue Google Fiber must now instead submit to arbitration.  The Google Fiber terms were updated last week with a note that they now “require the use of binding arbitration to resolve disputes rather than jury trials or class actions.” Read more…

Theranos sued in class actions

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Healthcare Class ActionA number of class-action lawsuits have been filed in Northern California against the Arizona-based blood-testing firm Theranos. Some of the class actions allege that Theranos falsely advertised its products to consumers. Others allege that the company breached its contract with customers by not providing what had been promised—a minimally invasive procedure and accurate test results. Read more…

Donald Trump’s targeting of judge in class action against Trump University draws ABA president’s ire

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by Steve Larson

justiceAmerican Bar Association President Paulette Brown responded to Donald Trump’s statements about the federal judge in California overseeing the class action against Trump University by saying that levying personal criticism at a judge “crosses the line of propriety.”

Trump has accused U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of being a “hater,” because he is Mexican, and Trump wants to build a wall.  Actually, the Judge was born in Indiana.  Trump called the judge a “disgrace” and said he’s been railroaded by the legal system.  Judge Curiel is presiding over a false advertising class action in California federal court that alleges the now-defunct Trump University was just a fraudulent scheme that charged high fees for seminars but didn’t actually impart useful real estate investment information to its pupils.

Brown said that “while publicly criticizing judicial decisions is every person’s constitutional right, levying personal criticism at an individual judge and suggesting punitive action against that judge for lawfully made decisions crosses the line of propriety and risks undermining judicial independence.” Read more…

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…

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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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