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24 Hour Fitness settles class action

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On November 1, 2017, plaintiffs in a class action against 24 Hour Fitness moved for preliminary approval of a $1.5 million settlement over allegations that the fitness center chain carried out a fraudulent and misleading sales campaign related to its prepaid memberships. In the suit, the plaintiffs claim that 24 Hour Fitness represented that the fees under its prepaid membership contracts for lifetime members would not increase, but after April 2006, the company changed the membership contracts to provide that the annual renewal charge was only guaranteed for one year beyond the initial term. Despite this modification to the prepaid membership agreement, 24 Hour Fitness’ sales representatives continued to assure prepaid members that their dues would remain the same.

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Ninth Circuit confirms concrete injury alleged in Spokeo case

Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by Steve Larson

In Robins v. Spokeo, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that plaintiffs seeking to sue in federal court must have a concrete, actual injury; a mere statutory violation is not enough. The U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case for the Ninth Circuit to determine whether the plaintiff had alleged a concrete injury.

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Senate republicans are pushing for a vote in the evening of October 24, 2017 to abolish CFPB rule banning forced arbitration

Posted on: October 24th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Please contact your senator and ask them to vote against S.J. Resolution 47 — Equifax and Wells Fargo’s get-out-of-jail-free card.

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Cordray says opponents of CFPB rule on banning forced arbitration are making false statements, including OCC head Noreika

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Steve Larson

In an opinion article in The Hill, CFPB Chairman Richard Cordray explains why the statements being made by OCC head Noreika are false.  Here is the link.

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Bridgestone agrees to pay $29 million to settle price fixing claims

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Bridgestone has agreed to pay $29.6 million to settle price-fixing allegations in multidistrict litigation in Michigan federal court contending that the company colluded with other companies to rig the market for certain rubber vehicle components. This is the latest settlement between a proposed class of end-payor plaintiffs who had bought vehicles with the anti-vibration rubber parts at issue or purchased them as replacement pieces. In addition to the $29.6 million payout, Bridgestone says it will provide extensive discovery efforts to help end-payor plaintiffs thoroughly prosecute companies that the plaintiffs do not reach a settlement with or companies whose settlements are not approved.

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Wells Fargo customers file another class action alleging they were overcharged for rate-lock extensions

Posted on: October 12th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Wells Fargo has been sued again, this time the complaint alleges that it bilked home loan borrowers by charging them extra fees when their applications were delayed — even when it was the bank’s fault. The new suit is the latest development in a growing controversy over the practices of the bank’s home loan unit and one of several new problems that have emerged at Wells Fargo over the last year in the wake of the bank’s sham-accounts scandal. An investigation has led to the departure of leading sales executives in California and Oregon.

For a link to an article discussing the Wells Fargo problems in more detail, click here.

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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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