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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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Class Certification Sought in Class Action Over Cable Boxes Filed Against Comcast

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On February 3, 2017, two consumers filed a motion for class certification in Florida federal court against telecommunications company, Comcast. The plaintiffs allege that charging customers a “leasing fee” for cable box modems that the customers already own unjustly enriches Comcast and violates the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

The motion for class certification states that the class would be wide reaching, including thousands of irate Comcast customers. Read more…

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Consumers file class action regarding labeling on Body Fortress powder

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionTwo Illinois residents have filed claims against health food supplement companies, NBTY Inc. and United States Nutrition, alleging that the companies falsely advertised the supposed benefits of their products. Named plaintiffs, Gherson Tovar and Larry Wiegard, claim that the labeling on the Body Fortress 100% Pure Glutamine Powder actively deceived consumers by boasting that the product assists in muscle growth, enhancement and recovery after a workout.  Plaintiffs point to many scientific studies to argue that any promotion of the Body Fortress product as a key part of muscle recovery is blatantly false. Read more…

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Wells Fargo got away with setting up sham accounts for 5 years because of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printAccording to a story published in the Hill, Wells Fargo’s scandalous practice of secretly opening more than 2 million sham deposit and credit card accounts dragged on for at least five years, because Wells Fargo contract provisions blocked consumers from suing the bank in court. Read more…

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Mylan hit with class action for EpiPen price gouging

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionAn Ohio woman on Tuesday filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Ohio state court, claiming sharp price hikes for the company’s EpiPen device violated the state’s consumer protection law.  According to the lawsuit, Mylan has raised the U.S. price of EpiPen, which is used to treat life-threatening allergies, from less than $100 when it acquired the product in 2007 to more than $600, drawing criticism from parents, consumer groups and U.S. politicians. Read more…

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VW to pay $10.2 billion to settle civil emission lawsuits

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarVolkswagen will reportedly pay $10.2 billion to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its U.S. diesel emissions cheating scandal and to fund efforts to offset pollution. Owners will receive an average of $5,000 in compensation along with the estimated value of the vehicles as of September 2015, before the scandal erupted. Owners would also receive the compensation if they choose to have the vehicles repaired, assuming U.S. regulators approve a fix at a later date. Read more…

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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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