Class Actions Blog

Blog writer files class action against Huffington Post for failure to pay for content contributed to blog

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed against The Huffington, which is now owned by AOL Inc.  This appears to be a cutting edge case, as the complaint states that it seeks to address the important issues of (a) whether in the digital age, profitable digital media sites should be required to compensate the creators of valuable content from which such sites derive substantial revenue, and (b) if so, how the creators of content should be compensated.  AOL, Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer are also named as defendants in the case filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (entitled Jonathan Tasini v., Inc., et al. Case No. 11-CV- 2472). Read more…

Kentucky tobacco farmers file class action against purchaser for breach of contract

Posted on: April 29th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Several Kentucky farmers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a leading tobacco merchant they say failed to honor contracts to purchase burley tobacco from them at the end of the 2010 crop year.  The lawsuit, which was filed against Universal Leaf North America last week in Harrison Circuit Court, says hundreds of farmers have lost what amounts to millions. Read more…

US Supreme Court rules that arbitration agreements can bar class action lawsuits

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in AT&T v. Concepcion, which I wrote about earlier in this blog, ruling that arbitration agreements can bar class action lawsuits. In its 5-4 decision, the Court, in effect, reversed the California Supreme Court’s decision in Discover Bank v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, 36 Cal. 4th 148, 113 P.3d 1100 (2005).  In Discover Bank, the California Supreme Court held that class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements are unconscionable if the agreement is an adhesion contract, disputes between the parties are likely to involve small amounts of damages, and the party with inferior bargaining power alleges a deliberate scheme to defraud.  The 5-4 majority found that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts California law. Read more…

Eleventh Circuit affirms class certification in General Mills false advertising class action lawsuit

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by Steve Larson

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed that a class action lawsuit against General Mills pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (entitled Fitzpatrick v. General Mills, Inc.) may proceed as a class action.  The complaint alleged that General Mills engaged in false advertising regarding the YoPlus digestive health yogurt manufactured and sold by General Mills and Yoplait USA.  The complaint alleged that General Mills had no scientific support for its claim that YoPlus yogurt provided digestive health benefits because it contained probiotic bacteria and fiber.

Taco Bell class action complaint withdrawn

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A lawsuit aimed at forcing Taco Bell to stop calling the meat it serves “beef” has been withdrawn.

In January, an Alabama law firm filed a suit against the fast-food chain for false advertising, saying Taco Bell’s taco meat filling was only 36 percent of beef, made up of mostly chemicals, starches and powders. Read more…

AT&T Blue Sky Project overtime pay class action settled

Posted on: April 21st, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against AT&T in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (entitled Buccellato v. AT&T Operations, Inc., Case No. C10-00463-LHK).  The lawsuit alleged that AT&T misclassified the Class Members as exempt from the overtime pay requirements of federal and state law, and consequently failed to pay them overtime pay. 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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