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U.S. Justice Department switches sides in NLRB case before Supreme Court

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Department of Justice announced on June 16, 2017 that it will switch sides in a Supreme Court case, dropping its previous support for workers to throw its weight behind management.

The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, had held that an employment contract that requires the employee to waive his or her right to bring a class-action lawsuit against the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act.

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Republicans in House pass anti-class action bill

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Recently, the Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a bill intended to make it more difficult to bring class actions. Democrats objected that the measure would cripple the public’s ability to keep abuses by corporations in check.

The ironically named Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 changes federal standards for class actions. Backers of the legislation, including Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the bill would adjust the balance between abusive plaintiffs and innocent defendants. The class action bill would require that plaintiffs show that potential class members have both the same type and “scope” of injury to win class certification. Opponents of the legislation say it would make it virtually impossible to bring a class action lawsuit, effectively locking the courthouse doors to millions of Americans.

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Proposed Class Action Bill in the House is Bad for Americans

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Public Justice has written an excellent article explaining why a proposed class action bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is bad for Americans. Click here for the article.

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Public Justice: One Lawmaker’s Unprecedented Legislation to Allow Corporate America to Run Wild

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by Steve Larson

UShousePaul Bland, Executive Director of Public Justice, writes, “Rep. Bob Goodlatte has introduced H.R. 1927 – the misleadingly titled Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 – which would make it essentially impossible for Americans to join together in bringing class action lawsuits for nearly any illegal act a corporation might undertake. Read more…

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Important and immediate change to Oregon class action law

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by Scott Shorr

Oregon LegislatureOn March 4, 2015, Oregon significantly changed its class action law, Oregon Rule of Civil Procedure (“ORCP”) 32.   The legislature passed and the Governor signed House Bill 2700.  The bill changes Oregon class action procedure and requires that leftover or residual funds from class actions be paid 50% to an Oregon legal aid fund and 50% to another entity that relates to the subject of the class action or benefits class members.    Read more…

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Forced arbitration undercuts women’s rights

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Law and justice concept, gavelThe American Association for Justice recently issued a report describing how forced arbitration undercuts women’s rights.  Here is a link to the article.

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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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