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Brazilian oil corporation, Petrobas, agrees to $3 billion securities fraud settlement

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Steve Larson

Shareholders of Brazilian oil giant, Petrobas, have obtained a nearly $3 billion settlement of a class action alleging that the energy company concealed kickbacks that top officials and their political patrons received in exchange for directing Petrobras to buy and build production facilities at inflated prices. After the scandal emerged as part of a sweeping corruption investigation in Brazil, the price of Petrobras’ American depositary receipts plunged.

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Class action filed against Intel alleging processor defects affecting security

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Steve Larson

A class action has been filed in California, January 3, 2018, less than 24 hours after Intel Corp. announced that patches to fix an alleged security defect in its chips could result in potential performance-slowing in its chips. The complaint alleges that Intel isn’t making customers whole with the patch because they’re getting a slower system than they bargained for.

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Google employees amend complaint in gender pay class action

Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by Steve Larson

An amended complaint was filed in California state court on January 3, 2018, adding a fourth named plaintiff and more specific allegations about the internet giant’s alleged methods for paying women less than men for the same types of work. In December, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Mary E. Wiss had granted Google Inc.’s bid to dismiss the suit finding that the women’s claims under the California Equal Pay Act extrapolated too much from a U.S. Department of Labor report on pay disparities at Google.

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Drywall Manufacturers Settle Antitrust Class Action for $125 Million

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Steve Larson

Affiliates of American Gypsum Co., National Gypsum Co. and PABCO Building Products LLC agreed to pay a class of direct purchasers $125 million to settle price-fixing claims in multidistrict litigation being overseen by a Pennsylvania federal court, class counsel said Tuesday. Earlier, three other manufacturers had settled for $65.7 million, bringing the total settlement amount for the class up to $190.7 million.

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Class action filed against Apple for slowing down older iPhones

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed in California federal court against Apple after the company admitted it slows down old iPhones with older batteries. The suit was filed shortly after Apple justified its practice of slowing down older phones, saying it does so “to protect its electronic components” as their batteries age and become less potent.

The lawsuit is claiming damages because of “economic damages and other harm” suffered. The complaint seeks to cover anyone in the United States with an iPhone older than Apple’s new iPhone 8 model.

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Advertising age discrimination class action filed against T-Mobile, Amazon, and many others

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A proposed class action complaint filed in California federal court on December 20, 2017, alleges that T-Mobile, Amazon, and hundreds of other companies are discriminating against older workers by limiting the audience for their Facebook advertisements to only reach younger users. The Communications Workers of America alleged on behalf of a proposed class of older workers that companies, at Facebook Inc.’s prompting, are limiting the audience that sees their want ads to audiences under the age of 40, or setting other upper-end age limitations that would stop older workers from ever even seeing the recruitment advertisements, according to the suit.

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