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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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BBC World News connects passenger being dragged off of United Airlines plane to unequal bargaining power between consumers and corporations in America as a result of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On the April 11, 2017, BBC World News Program, the announcer told a reporter for the Atlantic that traditionally in the United States, if a group of consumers were being treated unfairly by a large corporation, it might result in a lawsuit. The announcer questioned why that was not the case here. The reporter for the Atlantic said that class actions have been vitally important in the past in the United States at leveling the playing field when consumers have disputes with large corporations. The reporter noted that an individual consumer would never have the financial wherewithal to get into a legal dispute with a company the size of United Airlines over an individual claim, but if the claim was on behalf of a number of consumers, that would give the consumers more leverage.

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Class action alleges that Uber charges consumers for longer route than it pays drivers

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A proposed class action filed in California federal court alleges that Uber’s upfront pricing model charges passengers a higher fare based on a longer route, but requires drivers to take the shortest route, allowing Uber to pocket the difference. The plaintiff alleges that Uber instituted the new “upfront” pricing model sometime between June and September 2016. The upfront pricing model gives prospective riders using the Uber app a fare estimate based on a longer than intended route. Upon conclusion of the ride, the Uber defendants collect the upfront rate from the user based on the longer route and time calculations but do not transmit the full fare collected to the drivers (minus the per transport service fee to which the Uber defendants are entitled).

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California Supreme Court says arbitration clauses that bar injunctive relief are unenforceable

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that an arbitration agreement that waives the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and therefore is unenforceable under California law. The decision reverses an appellate court’s interpretation that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Concepcion decision preempts state-law arbitration rules.

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Wells Fargo settles class action related to employees opening unauthorized accounts

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to resolve class actions that allege bank workers opened unauthorized accounts in customers’ names or enrolled them in the bank’s services without their consent. If the class action settlement is approved, class members would be reimbursed for out-of-pocket losses, such as fees incurred due to unauthorized account openings. After those losses are paid, along with attorneys’ fees and costs, the remaining amount would be split among all claimants, based on the number and kinds of unauthorized accounts or services claimed.

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Judge rejects Wells Fargo’s repeated bids to compel arbitration

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Steve Larson

FeeU.S. District Judge James Lawrence King ruled this week that Wells Fargo cannot force unnamed class members’ claims into arbitration in five lawsuits arising out of alleged improper re-ordering of overdraft fees that have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in Florida.  The ruling came in three cases originally filed by Wells Fargo customers in Oregon, New Mexico, and Washington, as well as two cases that originated in Florida and California over the alleged conduct of Wachovia Bank NA, which Wells Fargo Bank NA later absorbed. Read more…

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