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Bumble Bee Foods LLC pleads guilty to fixing prices for packaged tuna

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Keith Dubanevich

Bumble Bee Foods LLC will plead guilty to fixing prices for packaged tuna and pay a criminal fine of at least $25 million in the first charges to be filed against a corporation in the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing criminal antitrust investigation into the seafood industry, the DOJ said Monday, May 8, 2017.

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BBC World News connects passenger being dragged off of United Airlines plane to unequal bargaining power between consumers and corporations in America as a result of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On the April 11, 2017, BBC World News Program, the announcer told a reporter for the Atlantic that traditionally in the United States, if a group of consumers were being treated unfairly by a large corporation, it might result in a lawsuit. The announcer questioned why that was not the case here. The reporter for the Atlantic said that class actions have been vitally important in the past in the United States at leveling the playing field when consumers have disputes with large corporations. The reporter noted that an individual consumer would never have the financial wherewithal to get into a legal dispute with a company the size of United Airlines over an individual claim, but if the claim was on behalf of a number of consumers, that would give the consumers more leverage.

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California Supreme Court says arbitration clauses that bar injunctive relief are unenforceable

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that an arbitration agreement that waives the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and therefore is unenforceable under California law. The decision reverses an appellate court’s interpretation that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Concepcion decision preempts state-law arbitration rules.

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Groundbreaking autism class action settles

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Josh Ross

Stoll Berne recently obtained a final judgment in a long running class action case brought on behalf of children with autism against Providence Health Plan (“Providence”).

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Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl, LLC file discrimination class action suit against Airbnb

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Josh Ross

Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl LLC, filed a class action complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Airbnb, Inc., alleging that Airbnb’s booking policies discriminate against African-Americans. The complaint was filed on behalf of named plaintiff, Patricia Harrington. Ms. Harrington’s complaint alleges that Airbnb offers different services to African-Americans than it does to Caucasians. The lawsuit, Patricia Harrington, et al. v. Airbnb, Inc., seeks to compel Airbnb to offer its public accommodations free of discrimination and to enforce Oregon’s public accommodations laws.

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Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25 million

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by Steve Larson

President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to settle lawsuits in California and New York that allege Trump University swindled students out of millions of dollars. 

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