Class Actions Blog

U.S. Justice Department switches sides in NLRB case before Supreme Court

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Department of Justice announced on June 16, 2017 that it will switch sides in a Supreme Court case, dropping its previous support for workers to throw its weight behind management.

The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, had held that an employment contract that requires the employee to waive his or her right to bring a class-action lawsuit against the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act.

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Former Rentrak investors settle class action in Oregon state court for $19 million

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Former shareholders of Rentrak Corp. sued the company and its directors in Oregon state court over a now-completed merger with comScore Inc.  The investors had accused Rentrak’s board and two top executives of accepting a low-ball offer from the web traffic analysis firm comScore in order to preserve their own jobs, failing to disclose a better bid to shareholders and caving to pressure from a major shareholder to seal the deal. Rentrak was in the audience measurement business.

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Spotify to pay $43 million to settle song writer class action

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Spotify has agreed to pay $43 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the streaming service failed to pay proper royalties to thousands of songwriters. Under the terms of the agreement, which must be approved by a judge, the streaming service will set up a $43.4 million fund to pay song owners for past uses, as well as procedures to pay class members ongoing royalties that could “easily total tens of millions of dollars.”

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Banks file class action against Chipotle over data breach

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On April 26, 2017, Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it had detected a breach of the system it uses to process customers’ payment card information. Last week, a second financial institution filed a proposed class action in Colorado federal court accusing the restaurant chain of failing to maintain adequate security measures.

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More defendants settle in the Auto Parts Antitrust class action

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Steve Larson

Lawyers for automobile purchasers asked a Michigan federal judge to approve a proposed $7.6 million deal to settle claims in multidistrict litigation that an automotive bearings supplier and its Swedish affiliates participated in a price-fixing scheme with manufacturers in the U.S., Japan and Germany. The settlement, if approved, would resolve allegations that SKF USA, Inc. and its Swedish affiliates unlawfully colluded with other manufacturers to fix the prices of automotive devices including ball bearings, tapered roller bearings, roller bearings, mounted bearings, and parts and components for ball and roller bearings.

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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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