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NCAA Settles Antitrust Class Action for $208 Million

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Steve Larson

After more than a year of negotiations, a $208.7 million settlement has been reached in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) antitrust multi-district class action. On February 3, 2017, the plaintiffs filed a motion seeking preliminary approval of the settlement agreement.

The suit, which was originally filed in March 2014, claims the NCAA colluded with 11 conferences in an antitrust conspiracy, which capped the maximum grant-in-aid a student athlete could receive. Most athletes were therefore awarded grants that would only cover part of their tuition. Plaintiffs allege that this alleged collusion disrupted the free market and that the student athlete aid cap put severe financial burdens on players while attending school, depriving them of “the full economic benefits of their labor.”

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Disney, Pixar, and Lucasfilm Settle Anti-Poaching Antitrust Class Action for $100 Million

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Walt Disney Co., Pixar and Lucasfilm Ltd. have agreed to a $100 million deal that would settle a class action in which they were alleged to perpetuate a “no poach” agreement with other companies over the hiring of animators. The defendants agreed to pay the money to settle allegations that they violated federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws by entering into agreements with other companies in the animation industry to not poach one another’s employees and by sharing compensation information with the aim of depressing wages.

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Former College Football Players File Class Action Against Riddell Helmet Manufacturer

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Steve Larson

Several former college football players have filed a class action against football helmet maker, Riddell Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The players allege that Riddell lied about the level of protection from head injuries the helmets provided.

The plaintiffs in the case, 35 former collegiate players, allege that Riddell promoted its Revolution brand helmets as providing players with 31% more protection from concussions than other leading helmets on the market. At the time of the helmets’ debut on the market, Riddell was basing its false safety claims on what Plaintiffs now describe as a “shaky study” published by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study in question was eventually deleted from all major Riddell advertising materials in 2011 after the Federal Trade Commission began an investigation into the veracity of the results and also into the possibility of a conflict of interest on the part of the study’s authors.

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Trump Golf Club Ordered to Pay Class of Members $5.7 Million

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A Florida federal judge on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, ordered a Donald Trump-owned golf club to refund $5.7 million to a class of members of the Jupiter Golf Club, which Donald Trump purchased in 2012.  When Trump purchased the club, he cancelled the memberships without refunding their deposits.  The members alleged that was required by their membership agreements.

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Class Certification Sought in Class Action Over Cable Boxes Filed Against Comcast

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On February 3, 2017, two consumers filed a motion for class certification in Florida federal court against telecommunications company, Comcast. The plaintiffs allege that charging customers a “leasing fee” for cable box modems that the customers already own unjustly enriches Comcast and violates the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

The motion for class certification states that the class would be wide reaching, including thousands of irate Comcast customers. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court Delays Argument On NLRB Class Action Waiver Issue Until Late 2017 or 2018

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On Friday, January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to resolve a conflict between the circuits as to whether class action waivers violated the National Labor Relations Act.  It accepted three of the cases for review: the 5th Circuit’s Murphy Oil case, the 7th Circuit’s Epic Systems case, and the 9th Circuit’s Ernst & Young case. The cases will be consolidated for purposes of oral argument and final written opinion.

That argument will not take place until October 2017 at the earliest, which means there will likely be no final decision until late 2017 or early 2018.  Many speculate that the delay was to allow U.S. Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch to be seated to participate in the decision.

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