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Huffington Post says forced arbitration threatens independent judiciary

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printOn October 4, 2015, David Morris, the Director of The Public Good Initiative at the Institute For Local Self-Reliance, wrote an article for The Huffington Post entitled “Corporations Now Have Their Own Private Judiciary System.”  The article explains the growth of forced arbitration after a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which the author argued amounted to a “judicial coup against an independent judiciary.” Read more…

Fantasy football companies sued in fraud class action

Posted on: October 21st, 2015 by Steve Larson

FootballA class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court accusing two of the largest daily sports fantasy websites, DraftKings and FanDuel, of misrepresenting the fairness of their online sports fantasy contests.  The complaint alleges that employees of both companies may have participated in contests offered by competitor sites with the unfair advantage of using their company’s proprietary data. Read more…

Big Banks will fight CFPB rules on class action waivers

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printThe financial services industry is already opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s moves to restrict arbitration clauses on credit card, bank account and other contracts, and could challenge in court any final rules using recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and even the Dodd-Frank Act itself against the bureau. Read more…

CFPB announces draft rules to forbid lenders from imposing class action bans in arbitration clauses

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced on October 7, 2015, that it is proposing rules to permit arbitration clauses that will allow consumers to bring class action lawsuits. Consumers can still proceed with individual arbitrations if they so choose. Read more…

Sumitomo settles auto parts antitrust claims for $50 million

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 by Steve Larson

CarJapanese car parts manufacturer, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. has agreed to pay $50 million to exit multidistrict litigation brought by purchasers of automobiles who accuse a group of automotive wire harness and heater control panel suppliers of price-fixing.  That brings the settlement total to over $200 million in the antitrust case currently being waged in Michigan federal court.  We represent an Oregon plaintiff, and seek to represent the Oregon class in this litigation.  Read more…

Court rules Happy Birthday song copyright invalid

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by Steve Larson

copyrightWarner/Chappell Music Inc. does not own a valid copyright on “Happy Birthday To You,” a California federal judge ruled Tuesday in a class action decision.  This assures that the world’s most recognizable English language song is in the public domain.

U.S. District Judge George H. King found that Warner had never acquired the rights to the song’s lyrics.  In copyright records, court records and several agreements over the use of the song, nowhere was there a discussion of the lyrics to “Happy Birthday,” according to the decision. Some records mention the melody or piano arrangement, but not the words to the song, the judge said. 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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