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California Supreme Court says arbitration clauses that bar injunctive relief are unenforceable

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that an arbitration agreement that waives the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and therefore is unenforceable under California law. The decision reverses an appellate court’s interpretation that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Concepcion decision preempts state-law arbitration rules.

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Wells Fargo settles class action related to employees opening unauthorized accounts

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to resolve class actions that allege bank workers opened unauthorized accounts in customers’ names or enrolled them in the bank’s services without their consent. If the class action settlement is approved, class members would be reimbursed for out-of-pocket losses, such as fees incurred due to unauthorized account openings. After those losses are paid, along with attorneys’ fees and costs, the remaining amount would be split among all claimants, based on the number and kinds of unauthorized accounts or services claimed.

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Subway settles class action alleging receipts wrongfully disclosed credit card expiration dates for $31 million

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Doctor’s Associates, Inc., doing business as Subway, has settled a putative class action with customers who allege the sandwich chain unlawfully printed full credit card expiration dates on receipts. The settlement is reportedly for $31 million, which would be the largest-ever settlement under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”).

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Lithium ion battery antitrust class action settles

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by Steve Larson

The final four manufacturers named as defendants in an antitrust class action involving lithium ion batteries have agreed to settle the remaining claims. The batteries are widely used in laptop computers and other electronic devices. Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, and NEC have agreed to pay $50 million to settle litigation by direct purchasers of lithium ion batteries. The lawsuits alleged that the companies colluded with other electronics manufacturers to fix battery prices for more than a decade.

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After successfully compelling case to arbitration, real estate company says arbitration was unfair

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A few months ago, real estate company Redfin Corp. won a battle to get a proposed class action transferred to arbitration. The proposed class alleged that the real estate company’s agents were treated like employees, not independent contractors. After the arbitrator ruled against Redfin, the real estate service asked a California federal judge to overturn the arbitrator’s ruling, saying the proceedings had been biased.

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Two more defendants settle in optical disk drive antitrust case

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Electronics companies Pioneer and Philips (“PLDS”) will pay a combined $50.5 million in another settlement with consumers in a class action alleging an industry-wide price-fixing scheme over optical disk drives. PLDS will pay $40 million and Pioneer Corp. will pay $10.5 million. Optical disk drives, which are used to read or write data on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray disks and can be found in computers, video game consoles and other devices.

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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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