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Two more defendants settle in optical disk drive antitrust case

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Electronics companies Pioneer and Philips (“PLDS”) will pay a combined $50.5 million in another settlement with consumers in a class action alleging an industry-wide price-fixing scheme over optical disk drives. PLDS will pay $40 million and Pioneer Corp. will pay $10.5 million. Optical disk drives, which are used to read or write data on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray disks and can be found in computers, video game consoles and other devices.

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Alabama judge certifies data privacy breach case

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by Keith Dubanevich

An Alabama federal judge has certified two subclasses of patients who accuse a hospital of negligence and breach of contract for its failure to prevent and minimize the impact of a former worker’s theft of their personal information.

In a 46-page order, Chief U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins concluded the plaintiffs had met the requirements for certification of their proposed class of all patients who had their blood drawn by a medical provider that sent the blood to be tested by Flowers Hospital, where a phlebotomist stole their personal information and used it to file fraudulent tax returns. The phlebotomist was subsequently arrested and charged with trafficking in stolen identities.

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Republicans in House pass anti-class action bill

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Recently, the Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a bill intended to make it more difficult to bring class actions. Democrats objected that the measure would cripple the public’s ability to keep abuses by corporations in check.

The ironically named Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 changes federal standards for class actions. Backers of the legislation, including Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the bill would adjust the balance between abusive plaintiffs and innocent defendants. The class action bill would require that plaintiffs show that potential class members have both the same type and “scope” of injury to win class certification. Opponents of the legislation say it would make it virtually impossible to bring a class action lawsuit, effectively locking the courthouse doors to millions of Americans.

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Daniel Karon has written an excellent article on the potential damages from proposed class action bill

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Steve Larson

Dan Karon, one of the leaders of the ABA Class Action Committee, has authored an article that explains how the proposed class action bill, H.B. 985, will hurt businesses that supporters of the legislation contend the bill is designed to assist. His essay describes how companies operating within the bounds of the law will lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed. The supporters of this legislation are overlooking its grave consequences on American business.

To read the article, click here: Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

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Google settles dead website ad claims for $22.5 million

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by Steve Larson

According to a motion for preliminary approval, Google Inc. has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of advertisers who claim the tech giant placed their purchased ads on unused or inactive websites. The lawsuit was filed in 2008.

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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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