Class Actions Blog

Online grocery purchasers file class action against Safeway.com

Posted on: June 21st, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Safeway, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entitled Michael Rodman v. Safeway, Inc., Case No. C11-03003). The complaint alleges that Safeway advertises that the prices for its groceries sold on-line through Safeway.com are the same as in the store.  The complaint alleges that Safeway states that the only difference is to be a nominal delivery charge.  However, the complaint alleges that Safeway has a “scaled system” that ads 10 cents for every dollar of purchase price for a product. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court reverses Wal-Mart, Inc. v. Dukes

Posted on: June 20th, 2011 by Steve Larson

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court in Wal-Mart, Inc. v. Dukes reversed a class certification order in a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart filed on behalf of current and former female employees of Wal-Mart.  As reported earlier on this blog, the trial court had  certified a class representing approximately 1.5 million female employees at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country. The workers sued the nation’s largest private employer for sex discrimination in Wal-Mart’s pay, promotions, and other employment practices, alleging that employer policies delegating authority to make subjective and discretionary employment decisions allowed for widespread discrimination against women in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The complaint seeks injunctive relief and declaratory relief, punitive damages, and backpay. It did not seek compensatory damages. Read more…

Judge preliminarily approves $410 million settlement in excessive overdraft fee class action

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by Steve Larson

On May 23, a federal district judge in Florida preliminarily approved a settlement in a class action alleging that Bank of America had charged excessive overdraft fees on debit cards.  The bank reordered the processing of the debit charges from highest to lowest, which resulted in more overdraft fees.  Under the settlement, the Bank would pay $410 million.

Bank of America was the first defendant to settle in the case. Roughly 30 defendants remain, including US Bank, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Citibank.  Bank of America no longer charges overdraft fees for debit purchases.  Instead, it declines the card if there are not sufficient funds.

Click here to see the order preliminarily approving the settlement.

Class action against California Culinary Academy settled

Posted on: May 20th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action settlement has been reached in class action lawsuits against San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy which is a subsidiary of Career Education Corp. (CEC).  The case was filed in San Francisco Superior Court.  The complaint alleged that the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco misrepresented its job placement rate. Read more…

Court approves of representative testimony in FLSA Collective Actions

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by Steve Larson

In a recent decision entitled Monroe v. FTS USA, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11846 (W.D. Tenn. Feb. 7, 2011), the district court refused to decertify a class of over 300 cable installers who alleged that they worked off-the-clock. In particular, the court summarized the installers’ allegations as follows: “Specifically, Plaintiffs have presented evidence indicating that Defendants (1) altered technicians’ timesheets to eliminate or understate overtime hours; (2) directed technicians to either not report or underreport their overtime hours; and (3) discouraged the reporting of overtime by use of a piece-rate compensation system accompanied by the threat of being terminated or receiving less than a full work schedule if overtime was reported. Plaintiffs across the class allege these same practices.” Read more…

Class action filed against Sony for privacy breach

Posted on: May 16th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  The case is entitled Kristopher Johns v. Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, Case No. CV 11-2063.  The complaint alleges that Sony’s PlayStation® Network, which offer games, music and movies to people with Sony PlayStation consoles, had its security breached by hackers in April, 2011, allegedly exposing names, addresses, email addresses, birthdates, usernames, passwords, logins, security questions and possibly credit card data belonging to approximately seventy-seven (77) million user accounts. The complaint alleges that Sony failed to maintain a proper firewall and computer security system and failed to properly encrypt data. 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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