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CBS News does great piece on how forced arbitration harms consumers

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Steve Larson

CBS News recently published an article on how forced arbitration harms consumers. The article, “AT&T and DirectTV face thousands of complaints linked to overcharging, promotions” can be read by clicking here.

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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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Class action filed against OKCupid over fraudulent matches

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A proposed class-action suit has been filed in Illinois federal court against online dating service conglomerate, Match Group Inc., accusing the company, through its website OkCupid.com, of fraudulently enticing subscribers to upgrade their profiles to a premium level. The suit alleges the company misleads customers by alluding to potential matches accessible only through the upgraded service, which turned out to be non-active accounts and hence, not legitimate potential matches.

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Student loan class action filed

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On April 13, 2017, students unhappy with the way their student loans were being handled filed a class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court against payment processing company Higher One Holdings Inc. and bank entities WEX Bank and Customers Bancorp.

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Surgery gown manufacturer hit with $454 million jury verdict

Posted on: April 25th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Kimberly-Clark Corp. and its spinoff Halyard Health Inc. were hit with a $454 million jury verdict, which included $350 million in punitive damages in a class action alleging that their surgery gowns were passed off as essentially impermeable, but were actually very porous. Although the punitive damages amount may be reduced, because it exceeds the compensatory damages by almost a hundredfold, it demonstrates the jury’s anger sparked by evidence taken from internal company documents showing the company was aware of issues regarding the quality of the gowns’ seams and testing failures.

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Class action certified against British Airways for fuel surcharge on frequent fliers

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by Steve Larson

After five years of legal battles, a class action was certified on behalf of over 170,000 disgruntled British Airways frequent fliers in New York federal court on March 31, 2017. The class action alleges that the fuel charge is arbitrary, and is not in accord with the Frequent Fliers contract. British Airways charges frequent fliers fuel surcharges when using rewards points to pay for flights. The charge can sometimes be up to $500.

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