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Amway Agrees to Class Action Settlement Relating to Gift Cards

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A California court has approved a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Amway Corporation sold and marketed gift cards that contained a notation instructing consumers to “redeem before” a certain date, which plaintiffs contended violated numerous state laws prohibiting or restricting the expiration of gift cards. The settlement provides that consumers will soon be able to redeem or replace more than $20 million worth of expired gift cards. Read more…

Class Action Alleges Amazon Fraudulently Collects, Shares Users’ Personal Information

Posted on: March 9th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class-action lawsuit filed March 2, 2011, alleges fraudulently circumvents users’ Web-browser privacy settings to collect personal information without permission and share it with other companies. The suit says Amazon tricks Microsoft’s Internet Explorer into thinking the e-retail site is “more privacy-protective than it actually is,” and uses a clever work-around to collect users’ personal information even if they have set their browser to block it. The plaintiffs allege Amazon knowingly and fraudulently set up its website to spoof IE, and purposefully misleads customers in its privacy policy published online. Read more…

CIGNA Sued For Gender Discrimination in Class Action

Posted on: March 7th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A veteran Cigna Corp. manager sued the U.S. health insurer on March 3, 2011, saying it unfairly blocks female employees from promotions and higher-paying jobs.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks $100 million in damages and asks for class-action status. Read more…

Wells Fargo In More Trouble About Overdraft Fees In Garnishments

Posted on: March 4th, 2011 by Steve Larson

This blog has pointed out big hits Wells Fargo Bank has recently taken for charging excessive overdraft fees by reordering from high to low debit transactions.  Now, Wells Fargo is facing a new charge relating to its overdraft fees.  According to a class action lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County Court, Wells Fargo charges bogus overdraft fees to customers whose accounts have gone into garnishment to increase its own profits.  The complaint alleges that “Wells Fargo takes advantage of the financial turmoil created by garnishment and targets the weakest customers at a time when they are most vulnerable by mixing legitimate Overdraft Fees with bogus Overdraft Fees in order to generate additional profit for itself.” Read more…

On-Line Scam results in Class Action

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011 by Steve Larson

Clarus Marketing Group and Provide-Commerce have been hit with a federal class action lawsuit for defrauding thousands of online shoppers with a scam that unwittingly enrolls the shoppers into costly membership programs. Provide-Commerce operates many popular e-commerce companies, including RedEnvelope, ProFlowers, Cherry Moon Farms, Secret Spoon and Shari’s Berries. Read more…

Taco Bell Responds to False Advertising Class Action Suit

Posted on: February 28th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Taco Bell responded to the class action lawsuit I told you about last month alleging that Taco Bill is engaging in false advertising when saying it uses ground beef in its tacos.  News of the Taco Bell class action lawsuit spread like wildfire, forcing Taco Bell to launch a massive PR campaign.

Taco Bell announced this week it would give away a free Crunchy Beef Taco to the first 10 million Facebook fans who “like” Taco Bell’s fan page.  Taco Bell is calling it “The World’s Largest Free Taco Giveaway” as a thank you, they say, to their loyal customers that continue to support them even after the class action lawsuit public debacle. 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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