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Beck’s beer false advertising class action settled

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Fotolia Beer SmallA Florida federal judge gave final approval to a settlement of up to $20 million to be paid by Anheuser-Busch after it was accused by a putative class of consumers of marketing domestically brewed Beck’s beer as a German import.  The settlement allows those who bought Beck’s Pilsner, Dark, Light and Oktoberfest beers from May 1, 2011, to June 23, 2015, to claim refunds depending on the size of the pack they bought, ranging from 10 cents per individual bottle or can to $1.75 for a 20-pack of bottles. Class members will have until Nov. 20 to claim up to $50 per household for purchases with receipts and $12 for those without. The company also agreed to include the words “Brewed in USA” or “product of USA” on the beer’s packaging for five years. Read more…

New York Times calls for end to mandatory arbitration

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printIn a recent editorial from the New York Times, the editorial board has called for the end to mandatory arbitration.

Third and final article on mandatory arbitration published in New York Times

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printOn November 2, 2015, the third and final article on mandatory arbitration was published in The New York Times.  In this installment, the authors look at how forced arbitration is often used by religious organizations or employers to require individuals to submit to “Christian arbitration.”  Instead of having their legal claims resolved by U.S. law, they are deemed to have agreed to have their claims resolved (without meaningful appeal) by persons applying their ideas of scripture. Read more…

New York Times article on mandatory arbitration goes viral

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printOn October 31, 2015, when part 1 of a New York Times Article was published (which we recently posted on the blog), it was shared so vigorously and read by so many people that the word “arbitration” was actually trending on TWITTER.  Normally, that is reserved for the Kardashians and their lovers, Presidential candidates, NFL quarterbacks and so forth.  But on October 31, the popular culture of the United States got caught up with arbitration. Read more…

NYTimes: corporations have stacked the deck

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printThe New York Times investigative report details how corporations have stacked the deck against consumers by using arbitration clauses with class action bans.

With a clause in complex contracts that few people read, corporations have insulated themselves from lawsuits and locked Americans into a system where arbitrators overwhelmingly favor business.

Prepaid RushCards don’t work

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Steve Larson

Consumer Protection

Consumers who use RushCards to purchase groceries, gas and pay for other expenses recently were unable to use their cards for cash withdrawals or purchases, and some reported that their account balances did not include recent pay deposits and reported erroneous balances.  RushCards, an alternative to traditional banking, was founded by hip-hop legend Russell Simmons.  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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