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U.S. Office of Personnel Management sued in data breach class action

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityA former U.S. attorney’s office employee filed a proposed class action in Kansas federal court accusing the federal Office of Personnel Management of allowing hackers to steal the personal information of millions of current, former and prospective federal employees by failing for years to address deficiencies in its security systems.  The plaintiff, Mary Woo, alleges in her complaint that the agency’s decentralized structure and refusal to address weaknesses identified through audits by its Office of Inspector General have resulted in numerous hacks, most notably two announced in quick succession this summer that compromised the personal information of at least 22.1 million people and led to Director Katherine Archuleta’s resignation. Read more…

News Corp. sued in advertising antitrust class action

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by Steve Larson

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An antitrust lawsuit against News Corp. has been certified as a class action.  New York U.S. District Judge William Pauley said consumer packaged goods companies such as Dial Corp., H.J. Heinz Co. and Smithfield Foods Inc. may pursue their antitrust claims as a class action.

The litigation is part of a long-running battle over News Corp.’s marketing operations.  In January 2010, the New York-based company agreed to pay $500 million to end rival Valassis Communications Inc.’s antitrust lawsuit over the newspaper coupon market. Read more…

Judge refuses to dismiss data breach class action against Sony

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityA U.S. judge rejected Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc’s bid to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by nine former employees who claimed their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio’s release of a comedy set in North Korea, “The Interview.” Read more…

Second Circuit reverses dismissal of contract attorney overtime claim against Skadden

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Steve Larson

wagesThe Second Circuit has reversed the dismissal of temporary attorneys’ putative overtime class action against Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, saying document review work doesn’t necessarily amount to practicing law.  The appellate panel agreed with the lower court’s conclusion to look to North Carolina law in determining whether plaintiff David Lola was practicing law under the meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act, but said in remanding the case that the trial court erred in concluding that “engaging in document review per se constitutes practicing law.” Read more…

Wells Fargo overdraft class action certified

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Steve Larson

FeeLast month the plaintiffs of five Wells Fargo overdraft fee class action lawsuits won class certification for their cases. These five cases are part of the larger, nationwide Wells Fargo overdraft fee multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Wells Fargo Bank NA, all alleging that the bank employs deceptive business practices with its bank overdraft fee policy. Read more…

FedEx agrees to settle California misclassification class action for $228 million

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by Steve Larson

FreightFedEx Ground Package Systems will pay $228 million to resolve a class action brought by FedEx Ground and Home Delivery drivers in California who say the company misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees, shorting their wages and benefits.  The tentative settlement, which requires the approval of a California federal judge, will resolve claims brought against FedEx Ground Package System Inc. by 2,300 California truck drivers who worked for the company from 2000 to 2007 and claimed that they should have been considered employees. 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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