Author: Steve Larson

Another Auto Parts Antitrust Settlement

July 15, 2019

Automobile owners and lessees reached a $14 million settlement with auto parts maker Showa Corp. in a class action alleging that Showa was involved in a long-running scheme to fix the prices of powered steering assemblies and shock absorbers.

Aequitas Investors Settle Securities Class Action in Oregon

July 11, 2019

Plaintiffs in a class action have entered into a settlement with a number of third parties who are alleged to have participated in or materially aided sales of securities by the now-defunct Aequitas companies of Lake Oswego, Oregon. The settlement totals $234.6 million and is on behalf of approximately 1,600 investors. It is believed to

Tom Petty’s Estate and Others File Class Action Against UMG Recordings

June 27, 2019

On June 21, 2019, Tom Petty’s estate and other well-known music industry luminaries filed a class action suit against UMG Recordings Inc. (“UMG”) in California federal court alleging that the recording company negligently stored the artists’ Master Recordings in an inadequate and substandard storage warehouse located on the backlot of Universal Studios that was a

En Banc Ninth Circuit Approves Once Rejected Hyundai Class Action Settlement

June 7, 2019

An MDL case entitled In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation involved alleged misrepresentations involving fuel usage for Hyundai and Kia automobiles. A district court in California approved a nationwide $200 million settlement. A divided Ninth Circuit panel reversed the approval of the settlement holding that the district court must weigh all the varying

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Class Action Against Apple to Proceed

May 29, 2019

A majority of the the U.S. Supreme Court held recently that consumers that purchase Apps from Apple’s App store are direct purchasers able to pursue a proposed antitrust class action under federal law. The majority rejected Apple Inc.’s contention that the consumers are “indirect purchasers” barred from pursuing federal antitrust damages under the high court’s

Consumers File Class Action Against Meat Packers

May 14, 2019

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Minnesota federal court that alleges that four large beef-packing companies and an industry information-sharing service have schemed to suppress the prices they pay for cattle and inflate the prices they charge consumers. The lawsuit names Cargill, Tyson Foods, National Beef Packing and JBS USA Food Co. — who

Cattle Ranchers File Class Action Against Meatpackers

April 29, 2019

A cattle ranchers’ trade association filed a class action in federal court in Illinois accusing meatpackers including industry powerhouses Tyson, JBS SA, Cargill and National Beef Packing Co. of conspiring to keep down cattle prices. The complaint alleges the meatpackers are seeking to push the cattle industry toward the level of consolidation already seen in

Class Action Filed Against Harley Davidson

April 24, 2019

On April 16, 2019, a class action complaint was filed against famed motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson Motor Company (“Harley Davidson”) in federal court in the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges that the company knowingly sold tens of thousands of motorcycles with a hidden and dangerous defect in its anti-lock braking system (“ABS”). The

Jones Day Former Female Associates File Class Action Alleging Gender Discrimination

April 19, 2019

A number of former Jones Day female associates filed a putative class action against the enormous law firm seeking to recover over $200 million for pregnancy and gender discrimination. The suit alleged that Jones Day systematically underpaid women and devalued the work of female associates. The suit also alleged that the law firm pushed out

Planet Hollywood Sued In Class Action Over Data Breach

April 11, 2019

On April 3, 2019, Earl Enterprises Holdings Inc. (“EEH”), the owner of popular chain restaurants such as Earl of Sandwich, Buca di Beppo and Planet Hollywood, was sued in federal court in the Middle District of Florida by customers who alleged that the company failed to exercise reasonable care in securing and safeguarding their sensitive

Students Denied Admission File Class Action Relating to College Admission Scandal

March 27, 2019

A group of parents and current university students filed a proposed class action lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against the perpetrators of recent elite college admission cheating scandals. The complaint also names several of the involved schools as defendants. The plaintiffs allege that as a result of the two fraudulent

Uber Settles Class Action with Drivers Without Rip-off Clauses for $20 Million

March 25, 2019

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to nearly 14,000 drivers to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the ride-hailing company misclassified those drivers as independent contractors. The settlement only includes drivers in Massachusetts and California that did not have arbitration clauses in their contracts with Uber. In 2015, a California federal

Swift Transportation Settles Class Action With Drivers For $100 Million

March 20, 2019

Swift Transportation Co. Inc. has agreed to pay $100 million to about 20,000 drivers to settle a class action alleging that it makes its drivers fake owner-operators in order to avoid federal and state wage laws. The lawsuit was filed in December 2009 and alleged that Swift misclassified its drivers as independent contractors and paid

Antitrust Class Action Filed Against National Association of Realtors

March 14, 2019

A class-action lawsuit was filed last week by a Minnesota home seller that alleges that the big four multiple listing services have driven up costs to sellers and have stifled competition. The complaint claims that the multiple listing services conspired with the National Association of Realtors and required brokers to offer buyer broker compensation at

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