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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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Mylan hit with class action for EpiPen price gouging

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionAn Ohio woman on Tuesday filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Ohio state court, claiming sharp price hikes for the company’s EpiPen device violated the state’s consumer protection law.  According to the lawsuit, Mylan has raised the U.S. price of EpiPen, which is used to treat life-threatening allergies, from less than $100 when it acquired the product in 2007 to more than $600, drawing criticism from parents, consumer groups and U.S. politicians. Read more…

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Roger Ailes to use forced arbitration to defend himself in sexual harassment case

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printAccording to the Washington Post, Roger Ailes is using a forced arbitration clause in Gretchen Carlson’s employment agreement to avoid having the facts about his alleged sexual harassment aired in public.  Here is the link.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/07/09/roger-ailes-opts-for-secrecy-cowardice-in-face-of-gretchen-carlson-suit/

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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…

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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…

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Uber settles driver misclassification class action for $100 million

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarUber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit which resolves a major challenge to its business model by allowing the ride-hailing service to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors.  The lawsuit had claimed that Uber drivers are employees and thus entitled to reimbursement of expenses. 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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