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U.S. Supreme Court says state courts may continue to hear securities class actions

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by Steve Larson

In an important decision for investors, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 20, 2018, that state courts can continue to hear certain securities class actions brought under federal law. In the unanimous decision, the court said that amendments to the federal Securities Act of 1933 do not give the federal courts exclusive jurisdiction over covered class actions brought under the law.

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Groundbreaking autism class action settles

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Josh Ross

Stoll Berne recently obtained a final judgment in a long running class action case brought on behalf of children with autism against Providence Health Plan (“Providence”).

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Respected US District Judge Jed Rakoff refuses to enforce Uber’s arbitration and class action waiver clauses

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by Keith Dubanevich

In a strongly worded decision, Judge Rakoff began his opinion by raising suspicion about whether the Federal Arbitration Act could properly be applied in today’s commercial context:

Application of [the federal policy favoring arbitration] to the Internet is said to inhere in the Federal Arbitration Act, as if the Congress that enacted that Act in 1925 remotely contemplated the vicissitudes of the World Wide Web. Nevertheless, in this brave new world, consumers are routinely forced to waive their constitutional right to a jury and their very access to courts, and to submit instead to arbitration, on the theory that they have voluntarily agreed to do so in response to endless, turgid, often impenetrable sets of terms and conditions, to which, by pressing a button, they have indicated their agreement.

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Court rules Happy Birthday song copyright invalid

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by Steve Larson

copyrightWarner/Chappell Music Inc. does not own a valid copyright on “Happy Birthday To You,” a California federal judge ruled Tuesday in a class action decision.  This assures that the world’s most recognizable English language song is in the public domain.

U.S. District Judge George H. King found that Warner had never acquired the rights to the song’s lyrics.  In copyright records, court records and several agreements over the use of the song, nowhere was there a discussion of the lyrics to “Happy Birthday,” according to the decision. Some records mention the melody or piano arrangement, but not the words to the song, the judge said. Read more…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives green light to class actions

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Steve Larson

walmartA Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in mid-December upholding a nearly $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for denying breaks to its workers signals a split with federal courts over standards for bringing class actions, and could cause new claims to be pursued in the state court system. Read more…

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Court rules FedEx drivers are employees not independent contractors

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Fotolia TruckWe received an excellent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the FedEx case.  We have been representing the Oregon drivers in this class action for almost 10 years.

Here is a link to the New Republic article about the case.   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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