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Poll conducted by defense lawyers finds public opposes mandatory arbitration

Posted on: January 2nd, 2015 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersA poll released by the Defense Research Institute, the voice of lawyers that represent large corporations in lawsuits, shows that 74% of respondents in the poll view mandatory arbitration as unacceptable.

The full report of the national survey as well as downloadable graphs and charts can be found here.

Study by New York law school finds that class actions benefit consumers and impact corporate behavior

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by Steve Larson

US Supreme CourtThe Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School has issued a study of over 150 class action settlements. They found overwhelming evidence that class actions have helped victims of corporate law-breaking and led to changes in corporate behavior that protect us all from many types of illegal conduct.

http://centerjd.org/content/first-class-relief-how-class-actions-benefit-those-who-are-injured-defrauded-and-violated.

General Motors named in $10 billion class action

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Steve Larson

CarGeneral Motors is the defendant in a lawsuit seeking to recover $10 billion for customers who allege that defects including faulty ignition switch problems caused 27 million cars to drop in value.  The suit alleges violations of state consumer protection statutes, breach of implied warranties, fraud by concealment, unjust enrichment and other claims over more than 60 recalls affecting GM-branded vehicles sold in the U.S. from model years 1997 to 2014. Read more…

Sony facing class-action lawsuit over data breach by North Koreans

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityA short time ago, it was revealed that a massive computer breach had exposed the personal information of thousands of current and former Sony employees.  The U.S. Government has said that North Korea was behind the hacking.

Lawyers representing two former Sony Pictures employees filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles this week. The 45-page complaint on behalf of former and current employees alleges that the Culver City studio was negligent by ignoring warnings that its system was subject to hacking.  According to the complaint, Sony “failed to secure its computer systems, servers and databases, despite weaknesses that it has known about for years” and “subsequently failed to timely protect confidential information of its current and former employees from law-breaking hackers.” Read more…

Oracle named in wage suppression class actions

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Steve Larson

oracleEarlier I posted about a number of class actions that had been filed against Google, Apple, and others in the Silicon Valley alleging that there was a conspiracy not to recruit employees from other employers.  Now, an Oracle employee has filed a similar case against Oracle. Read more…

Vibram settles class action relating to FiveFingers shoes for $3.75 Million

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

FiveFingersFootwear manufacturer Vibram will have to pay about 150,000 claims in a class-action lawsuit settled over its FiveFingers shoes.  The settlement pending in federal court in Massachusetts must still be finally approved by the court.  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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