Class Actions Blog

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 19 other State Attorney Generals send letter to Congress backing CFPB’s Mandatory Arbitration Rule

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Multi-State letter opposes restrictions Congress is contemplating on a new rule passed by the CFPB that would prohibit banks from requiring consumers to waive their right to seek redress in court. Restrictions on participation in class action cases are routinely inserted by financial institutions into contracts for financial products such as credit cards, payday loans, and checking accounts. Many consumers enter contracts without being aware that they are relinquishing significant rights, including their rights in court.

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Class action certified against Procter & Gamble regarding flushable wet wipes

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A class action was certified in federal court in California against Procter & Gamble on behalf of customers who allege that the company’s “flushable” wet wipes weren’t actually flushable. Procter & Gamble had argued that all class members may not have had the same understanding of the term. Judge Seeborg rejected this argument.

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Judge rules American Family Insurance agents are employees, not independent contractors

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A federal judge in Ohio ruled that a certified class of nearly 7,000 insurance agents were misclassified as independent contractors by American Family Insurance Co. and are in fact employees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The Judge found the company exerted a level of control like that of an employer.

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Economic Policy Institute issues report saying average consumer does better in a class action than in arbitration

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Economic Policy Institute just released a fact sheet debunking industry claims that consumers recover more money in arbitration than class actions. They re-examined data from the CFPB study and found that the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank or lender $7,725 in arbitration.

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Republicans move to invalidate new CFPB rule banning forced arbitration

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by Steve Larson

On July 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans began a process to attempt to eliminate a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that stops companies from putting class action bans in their arbitration clauses and makes it easier for consumers to sue banks, credit card firms, payday lenders and other service providers in court. Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee filed resolutions disapproving of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, putting in motion a process under the Congressional Review Act that could see the bureau’s regulation invalidated.

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Ashley Madison settles data breach class action for $11.2 million

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Ruby Life, Inc., the parent company of online dating website Ashley Madison, reached an $11.2 million deal to resolve a class action in which users alleged that Ashley Madison had failed to use proper care to secure their personal information after a data breach allegedly disclosed information regarding 37 million users. Ashley Madison is known as being an adultery website.

The case is In re: Ashley Madison Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, case number 4:15-md-02669 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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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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