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Employee rights lawyers: mandatory arbitration and class action waivers unfair

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printTerisa Chaw of the National Employment Lawyers Association wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post explaining why it is unfair to force employees to participate in mandatory arbitration.

Conair class action certified

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by Steve Larson

A California federal judge has certified a nationwide class action on behalf of of consumers claiming that Conair Corp. breached its implied warranty by selling them hair dryers that caught on fire. The class is made up of consumers who purchased either a model 259 or model 279 Infiniti Pro hair dryer between Aug. 15, 2009, and the present, either directly by or through a retailer. The judge found that whether the hair dryer contained coil and cord defects that caused it to burst into flames, was a common question appropriate for certification of a nationwide class. Read more…

Fitbit named in class action alleging inaccurate heart rate monitoring

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Fitbit is named in a class action lawsuit alleging that its heart rate monitoring technology— which it calls PurePulse—is inaccurate.  Essentially, Fitbit uses LED lights to monitor blood flow through a user’s wrist and, by using algorithms, can determine a user’s heart rate. Similar technology is used in the Apple Watch, along with several more competing smartwatches and fitness trackers. Read more…

Auto dealer who is also a congressman gets an amendment to a bill passed that allows auto dealers to rent cars subject to safety recalls

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarAuto dealer who is also a congressman gets an amendment to a bill passed that allows auto dealers to rent cars subject to safety recalls. I am not making this up. Here is the article.

Trader Joe’s accused of skimping on canned tuna

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Fotolia fishA class action lawsuit in New York accuses Trader Joes of putting less tuna in its cans than it says on the label. According to the suit, Trader Joe’s 5 ounce cans of tuna actually contain less than 3 ounces of tuna. Tests showed that 5-ounce cans of Trader Joe’s tuna contained an average of only 2.61 ounces of pressed tuna. Read more…

New York Times Articles Point Out That Big Businesses Want Access To The Courts, But They Don’t Want Their Customers To Have That Same Right

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printJessica Silver Greenberg & Michael Corkery author an article pointing out the hypocrisy of big businesses that want access to the courts, but don’t think consumers should have that.


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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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