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Potato growers agree to settle antitrust class action

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Steve Larson

PotatoAn Idaho federal judge has signed off on preliminary agreements between potato growers and classes of direct and indirect purchasers that would settle various antitrust claims for $25 million.  The settlement also provided for future injunctive relief.

The funds — to be diverted into a $19.5 million pool for direct purchasers and a $5.5 million pool for indirect purchasers — would settle claims that the growers violated the Sherman Act by conspiring to control and suppress the nation’s potato supply by agreeing to restrict acreage planted to potatoes, diverting potatoes into nonfresh markets and restricting the flow of potatoes into the fresh market, according to the agreements signed by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.  Read more…

Starkist settles under-filled cans class action

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionPeople who bought certain varieties of StarKist tuna could be eligible for $25 in cash or $50 worth of tuna, after the settlement of a class-action lawsuit. StarKist was accused of under-filling its five-ounce tuna cans.

Consumers are eligible if they bought any one of four varieties between February 2009 and October 2014: StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water, StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Oil, StarKist Solid White Tuna in Water and StarKist Solid White Tuna in Oil.

The plaintiff, Patrick Hendricks, had independent testing done on the cans, determining that they had as much as 17.3 percent less tuna than the federally mandated minimum. StarKist must pay up to $8 million in cash and $4 million in food vouchers as part of the settlement in United States District Court in Northern California.

Consumers can file claims for the cash or tuna at

Court Appoints Stoll Berne as Liaison Counsel in Premera Blue Cross Data Breach Litigation

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityU.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon has appointed Keith Dubanevich, Steve Larson, and Mark Friel as liaison counsel to represent a putative class of Premera health plan subscribers. Read more…

Visa and Target settle data breach class action

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityVisa Inc. announced it reached an agreement with Target Corp. to reimburse credit card issuers up to $67 million for costs related to the massive data breach the retailer disclosed in 2013.  This settlement more than tripled the value of a previous settlement that failed to gain enough support from the banks involved.

Class action over mortgage backed securities settles for $235 million

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by Steve Larson

StockExchangeOn July 31, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Polk Failla approved a $235 million class action settlement involving Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., and UBS Securities LLC, over mortgage-backed certificates issued by Residential Accredit Loans, Inc. (“RALI”). Read more…

7th Circuit changes course and rules full settlement offer does not moot class action

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Law and justice concept, gavelThe Seventh Circuit changed course last week when it ruled that a defendant’s offer of full relief does not render a plaintiff’s claims moot, overturning circuit precedent and reviving a plaintiff’s individual claims in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit.  The issue arose in an appeal by Arnold Chapman, whose proposed class action against First Index Inc. over allegedly unauthorized junk faxes was shut down by a district court. While the three-judge panel upheld the lower court’s denial of leave to amend the suit, it ruled that the court should not have tossed Chapman’s individual claims just because he never accepted an offer of full relief from the defendant. The ruling aligned the Seventh with the Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the issue. Read more…

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