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Toyota Settles Class Action Regarding Prius Headlights

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Steve Larson

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit with U.S. owners over headlights that shut off without warning in its 2006-2009 Prius hybrids.  Under the terms of the settlement, eligible Prius owners will be reimbursed for the cost to fix the headlight systems, and warranties for headlight problems will be extended to five years or 50,000 miles from the standard three years or 36,000 miles. Read more…

Students’ Lawsuit Seeking Refund of Wrongful Tuition Hikes Is Certified as a Class Action

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A legal complaint by five students who accused California State University trustees of illegally raising tuition in 2009 is now an official class-action lawsuit on behalf of 200,000 students demanding their money back.  At stake is $40 million in refunds for students at a time when CSU is facing at least a $500 million cut in state funding that could bring on layoffs, course reductions and even higher tuition. Read more…

Elderly apartment residents in Des Moines seek class action status for bedbug lawsuit

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Lawyers for roughly 300 current and former residents of two Des Moines, Iowa apartment buildings for the elderly and disabled filed court papers January 18, 2011, alleging that managers knew about a massive bedbug infestation for more than two years but refused to warn tenants or to properly treat it until they were sued.  The documents, filed as part of a March 2010 Polk County lawsuit, ask a judge to kick-start the slow-moving case by formally certifying it as a class action and pushing it closer toward trial. Read more…

Hard Rock Cafe servers and bartenders sue for minimum wage

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by Steve Larson

Two Hard Rock Cafe (“Hard Rock”) employees, who worked in the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios in Orlando, filed a class action lawsuit against Hard Rock for the company’s alleged failure to pay minimum wages that were required under Florida law.  The Orlando Hard Rock Cafe is the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world.  The case was brought under the minimum wage provisions of Florida’s Constitution, which was passed by citizen’s initiative and became effective as of May 2, 2005. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court to consider securities class action

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by Steve Larson

On January 7, 2011, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. (No. 09-1403). This case presents the Court with an opportunity to resolve a split in the Circuits about an important issue in how securities fraud cases are litigated. Specifically, the Supreme Court will consider the extent to which courts must resolve issues of “loss causation” – i.e., whether the alleged fraud actually caused a company’s stock price to decline and thereby caused investors to suffer losses – at the class certification stage. Read more…

5th Circuit denies Katrina and Rita settlement class certification

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Steve Larson

The Fifth Circuit rejected a settlement after an appeal by objectors of the district court’s certification of a settlement class of numerous consolidated lawsuits brought on behalf of residents of New Orleans, Louisiana who suffered harm during the levee breaches during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  In re: Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation, 2010 WL 5128640 (C.A. 5 (La.)).  The defendants at issue in these settlements were various levee districts and their boards of commissioners.  The insurer for the levee districts tendered the limits of insurance for the settlement fund, $21,000,000.00.  The parties sought to certify a limited fund mandatory settlement class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(1)(B).  The district court approved the settlement and certified the class.  A group of class members objected and appealed to the 5th Circuit; the Court of Appeals reversed the district court and denied certification. Read more…

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