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Ninth Circuit says Plaintiff in Spokeo case alleged concrete injury

Posted on: September 6th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Ninth Circuit found that the Plaintiff that filed a complaint against Spokeo alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by reporting inaccurate information about him had alleged a sufficiently concrete injury to meet the Article III standing requirement established by the U.S. Supreme Court in the same case earlier this year. The unanimous three judge panel reversed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff Thomas Robins’ putative class action accusing Spokeo of inaccurately reporting that he was wealthy and had a graduate degree when in fact he was struggling to find work.

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SEC Commissioner suggests that SEC will allow corporations to put mandatory arbitration clauses into their charters to avoid shareholder securities fraud class actions

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A brief remark from SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar during a July 17, 2017, Q&A suggests that he believes the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission might soon allow companies to introduce mandatory arbitration clauses into their corporate charters. If the SEC were to allow such an action, required arbitration would have a fundamental, adverse effect on the ability of investors to protect themselves against wrongdoing by corporations and their directors and officers. If mandatory arbitration were to be widely adopted, investors could be prohibited from asserting claims in federal court under the federal securities laws, which would effectively result in the loss of the very protections that these laws were designed to provide.

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Class action complaint alleges that Disney apps spy on children

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by Steve Larson

According to a complaint filed in California, the Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of its youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent. The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies – Upsight, Unity and Kochava – alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate “commercial exploitation.”

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Class action filed against Wells Fargo Merchant Services for excessive fees

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A class action has been filed against Wells Fargo alleging that its Merchant Services misleads customers and charged excessive fees for its credit- and debit-card-processing services. The complaint alleges that Wells Fargo Merchant Services inflates “pass through” costs, increases agreed-upon fees, and imposes new charges without telling new customers about these costs when they sign up. The complaint also alleges that an improper $500 termination fee is charged if a merchant wants to end the services.

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Safeway liable to class of customers that were overcharged for online orders

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Ninth Circuit this week agreed with the trial court that a class of customers was overcharged for online orders. The court also agreed that Safeway did not have the right to change its contract without notifying customers. In doing so, the court upheld a $41.8 million judgment against Safeway, Inc.

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Wells Fargo takes advantage of consumers again – this time for auto insurance

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by Steve Larson

According to a number of reports, Wells Fargo automatically signed up customers with auto loans for auto insurance, even if the customers were already covered by auto insurance. Then the insurer demanded payment for the auto insurance premiums, which put hundreds of thousands of people into default.

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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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