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U.S. Supreme Court docket for this term focused on class actions

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by Steve Larson

As indicated earlier in this blog, this term the U.S. Supreme Court will be focusing on more issues involved in class actions than it has in decades.  It granted certiorari in the now well known case of Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc., and should be issuing an opinion this term in the equally well known case entitled AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.  Both of these cases from the Ninth Circuit were decided in favor of the plaintiffs, but the Ninth Circuit is the most reversed Circuit in the country, so decisions in these cases could reconfigure the class action landscape. Read more…

Class Action certified against Netflix and Wal-Mart

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A federal judge granted class-action certification to Netflix, Inc.  subscribers in their lawsuit against the company and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for an alleged agreement to monopolize the DVD market.   U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said that the subscribers bringing suit against the companies in 2009 were “united by common and overlapping issues of fact and law,” in an order dated Dec. 23 and filed in federal court in Oakland, California. Read more…

Hartford agrees to pay $72.5 million dollar settlement in RICO case

Posted on: December 15th, 2010 by Steve Larson

On June 7, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut granted preliminary approval of a $72.5 million dollar settlement between The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (“The Hartford”) and a class of more than 21,000 members who had previously settled personal injury and workers’ compensation claims with The Hartford’s property and casualty company. On average, the settlement will provide each of the class members with approximately $2,200. Read more…

US Supreme Court grants certiorari in Dukes v. Wal-Mart

Posted on: December 6th, 2010 by Steve Larson

This morning, on December 6, 2010, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart case on the first question raised in the petition (whether Rule 23(b)(2) certification may include monetary remedies) and a second question that the court fashioned (whether class certification under Rule 23(b)(2) is consistent with Rule 23(a).  In Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc., 603 F.3d 571 (9th Cir. 2010), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the certification of a class of female Wal-Mart employees who alleged that Wal-Mart discriminated against them in compensation and promotions. Read more…

Class action accuses Dial of being dirty

Posted on: December 6th, 2010 by Steve Larson

A lawsuit filed as a consumer class action is accusing Dial Corp. of tricking consumers into paying a premium for a foaming soap with false promises that it is more effective at cleaning hands and killing germs than regular soap and water.  The suit, filed in federal court in East St. Louis, contends that there is no factual basis for marketing claims the soap company makes about its Dial Complete Foaming Antibacterial Hand Wash, including claims that the product “kills 99.99% of germs;” that it is the “#1 Doctor Recommended” brand; and that it “kills more germs than any other liquid hand soap.” Read more…

Another bank tries to settle excessive overdraft class action

Posted on: December 3rd, 2010 by Steve Larson

A federal court in Chicago has begun notifying current and former bank account customers of Fifth Third Bank of a proposed $9.5 million class action settlement.  A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois claims Fifth Third improperly assessed overdraft fees for insufficient funds on debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals by “re-sequencing” transactions to maximize the number of overdraft fees. The bank has denied the lawsuit’s claims. 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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