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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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Misleading price class action against Nike dismissed

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Judge Michael Mosman, an Oregon federal district court judge, dismissed a consumer’s proposed class action suit against Nike, Inc. The consumer had alleged that the company duped shoppers at its outlet stores with false suggested retail prices on items, leading them to believe that they were getting a discount.

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Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl, LLC file discrimination class action suit against Airbnb

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Josh Ross

Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl LLC, filed a class action complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Airbnb, Inc., alleging that Airbnb’s booking policies discriminate against African-Americans. The complaint was filed on behalf of named plaintiff, Patricia Harrington. Ms. Harrington’s complaint alleges that Airbnb offers different services to African-Americans than it does to Caucasians. The lawsuit, Patricia Harrington, et al. v. Airbnb, Inc., seeks to compel Airbnb to offer its public accommodations free of discrimination and to enforce Oregon’s public accommodations laws.

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BMW Settles Class Action Relating to Water Damage in 5 Series for $477 Million

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Steve Larson

BMW has agreed to pay up to $477.7 million to settle a class action lawsuit covering about 318,000 U.S. luxury car owners who may have suffered water damage harming electrical components in vehicle trunks. According to settlement documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York last week, the settlement covers owners of 2004-2010 model year BMW 5 Series cars and will allow owners to receive up to a $1,500 reimbursement for prior repairs.

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Former College Football Players File Class Action Against Riddell Helmet Manufacturer

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Steve Larson

Several former college football players have filed a class action against football helmet maker, Riddell Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The players allege that Riddell lied about the level of protection from head injuries the helmets provided.

The plaintiffs in the case, 35 former collegiate players, allege that Riddell promoted its Revolution brand helmets as providing players with 31% more protection from concussions than other leading helmets on the market. At the time of the helmets’ debut on the market, Riddell was basing its false safety claims on what Plaintiffs now describe as a “shaky study” published by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study in question was eventually deleted from all major Riddell advertising materials in 2011 after the Federal Trade Commission began an investigation into the veracity of the results and also into the possibility of a conflict of interest on the part of the study’s authors.

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Trump Golf Club Ordered to Pay Class of Members $5.7 Million

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A Florida federal judge on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, ordered a Donald Trump-owned golf club to refund $5.7 million to a class of members of the Jupiter Golf Club, which Donald Trump purchased in 2012.  When Trump purchased the club, he cancelled the memberships without refunding their deposits.  The members alleged that was required by their membership agreements.

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