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Vestas sued in securities class action

Posted on: April 14th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish company with its U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon, has been sued by its shareholders in a class action filed in Colorado.  The complaint alleges that Vestas knowingly failed to adopt a new accounting standard made effective January 1, 2010, which allowed the company to overstate its revenues for much of 2010.  When the downward revision was announced, the company’s stocked dropped 22 percent. Read more…

Consumer files nationwide class action against Debt Care USA

Posted on: April 14th, 2011 by Steve Larson

On April 11, 2011, Tina Willis and Gary Willis filed a complaint seeking certification of a  nationwide class action against Debt Care USA and Global Client Solutions.  The complaint alleges that the plaintiffs lost their jobs, and became concerned about their ability to meet all the payments on their credit cards.  They were desperate and heard about Debt Care USA.  Debt Care USA said they would contact all the credit card companies, and would settle all their debts for about 50 cents on the dollar.  All plaintiffs had to do was deposit about $1000 a month into what is called an SPA account.  The SPA Account was managed by Global Client Solutions.  Debt Care USA said they would charge plaintiffs 15% of the debt owed over time. Read more…

Wal-Mart v. Women

Posted on: April 12th, 2011 by Steve Larson

The Supreme Court recently heard argument in the employment discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart that I have written about before on this blog.  It is the largest in American history.  Wal-Mart is also one of the largest private employers in American history.  If the Supreme Court rejects this suit, it will send a chilling message that some companies are too big to be held accountable. Read more…

Class Action Lawsuit Over Deaths at Hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina settles

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by Steve Larson

After the first day of trial, Tenet Healthcare Corp., the third- largest publicly traded hospital chain, agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over patient deaths at a New Orleans medical center in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Families of patients who died sued the company over the actions of officials at Memorial Medical Center in August 2005. At least 34 patients died at the hospital after the hurricane knocked out power and the temperature inside the building rose to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The hospital’s windows couldn’t be opened. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Anti-Retaliation Provisions Of FLSA Apply to Oral Complaints

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Potential members of Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA) collective actions are often concerned that they might be terminated if they participate in an FLSA opt-in collective action.  However, the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 22, 2011, made it clear that the anti-retaliation provisions of the FLSA are broad and will protect employees from termination. Read more…

Homeowners File Class Action Lawsuit Against JPMorgan Chase

Posted on: March 25th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Chase Home Finance LLC and JPMorgan Chase, N.A. in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, alleging that defendants reneged on a promise to modify troubled mortgages.  The class action is brought on behalf of the following class of persons: 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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