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Hartford agrees to pay $72.5 million dollar settlement in RICO case

Posted on: December 15th, 2010 by Steve Larson

On June 7, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut granted preliminary approval of a $72.5 million dollar settlement between The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (“The Hartford”) and a class of more than 21,000 members who had previously settled personal injury and workers’ compensation claims with The Hartford’s property and casualty company. On average, the settlement will provide each of the class members with approximately $2,200. Read more…

US Supreme Court grants certiorari in Dukes v. Wal-Mart

Posted on: December 6th, 2010 by Steve Larson

This morning, on December 6, 2010, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart case on the first question raised in the petition (whether Rule 23(b)(2) certification may include monetary remedies) and a second question that the court fashioned (whether class certification under Rule 23(b)(2) is consistent with Rule 23(a).  In Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc., 603 F.3d 571 (9th Cir. 2010), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the certification of a class of female Wal-Mart employees who alleged that Wal-Mart discriminated against them in compensation and promotions. Read more…

Class action accuses Dial of being dirty

Posted on: December 6th, 2010 by Steve Larson

A lawsuit filed as a consumer class action is accusing Dial Corp. of tricking consumers into paying a premium for a foaming soap with false promises that it is more effective at cleaning hands and killing germs than regular soap and water.  The suit, filed in federal court in East St. Louis, contends that there is no factual basis for marketing claims the soap company makes about its Dial Complete Foaming Antibacterial Hand Wash, including claims that the product “kills 99.99% of germs;” that it is the “#1 Doctor Recommended” brand; and that it “kills more germs than any other liquid hand soap.” Read more…

Another bank tries to settle excessive overdraft class action

Posted on: December 3rd, 2010 by Steve Larson

A federal court in Chicago has begun notifying current and former bank account customers of Fifth Third Bank of a proposed $9.5 million class action settlement.  A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois claims Fifth Third improperly assessed overdraft fees for insufficient funds on debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals by “re-sequencing” transactions to maximize the number of overdraft fees. The bank has denied the lawsuit’s claims. Read more…

FarmVille creator Zynga sued in class action for illegally sharing Facebook user data

Posted on: December 1st, 2010 by Steve Larson

A class-action lawsuit was filed in November in a federal court in San Francisco accusing FarmVille creator Zynga of “illegally sharing the Facebook user data of its customers with advertisers and data brokers.”  The lawsuit alleges Zynga violated federal law and its contract with Facebook by sharing the user data of players on games such as FarmVille.  The lawsuit seeks “monetary relief” for those affected as well as an injunction to “prevent continued privacy abuses”. Read more…

Judge keeps bulk of Toyota consumer suit intact

Posted on: November 29th, 2010 by Steve Larson

A federal judge tentatively ruled on Friday, November 19, 2010, that he would leave intact the bulk of a consumer class-action case against Toyota seeking damages for economic losses stemming from complaints about cars that raced out of control.  U.S District Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, California, held that Toyota car owners stand to recover any compensation awarded under the lawsuit for lost resale value regardless of whether they personally experienced sudden unintended acceleration.  The ruling means the prospective consumer class will approximate 40 million individuals, although no class has been certified yet. Read more…

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