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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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Antitrust Class Actions Regarding Generic Lidoderm Pain Patch Settle for A Combined Amount Over $270 Million

September 17, 2018 by

A California federal judge gave final approval to two settlements of class actions alleging that Teikoku, Endo and Actavis violated antitrust laws by stalling the release of a generic form of the Lidoderm pain patch. One class actin was on behalf of direct purchasers and settled for $166 million. The other was on behalf of

Uber Pays $10 Million to Settle Discrimination Class Action

August 29, 2018 by

Five hundred class members who are part of a 2017 class-action suit against Uber alleging pay discrimination and harassment against women and people of color have agreed to settle their dispute with Uber for $10 million. Of that larger group, 56 specifically filed claims alleging sexual harassment or a hostile work environment, and will receive

Samsung and Toshiba Settle Optical Disc Drive Price Fixing Claims for $25 Million

August 27, 2018 by

Samsung and Toshiba agreed to pay $25 million to resolve a class action alleging that they participated in an industry-wide conspiracy to fix optical disk drive prices. The plaintiffs settling the case were indirect purchasers of the drives; ie. consumers. If approved, the proposed deal would bring the total amount of consumer settlements in the

Judge Approves Settlement in Anthem Data Breach Case

August 22, 2018 by

Last week, a California federal judge approved a $115 million settlement ends claims Anthem Inc. put 79 million consumers’ personal information at risk in a 2015 data breach. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh ruled that the deal, which provides the class of data breach victims with two years of credit monitoring, coverage of out-of-pocket

Zicam Settles False Advertising Class Action for $16 Million

August 8, 2018 by

The makers of the cold and allergy medication Zicam have agreed to pay a $16 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Zicam made “false and misleading statements about the effectiveness of certain Zicam products in violation of state and federal law.” Zicam is denying these claims.

Stoll Berne Defeats Motions to Dismiss Aequitas Securities Class Action

August 2, 2018

Stoll Berne represents plaintiffs-investors in Ciuffitelli et al. v. Deloitte & Touche LLP, et al., No. 3:16-cv-00580-AC (U.S. District Court, Oregon). Plaintiffs seek to represent a class of investors in securities issues by Aequitas. On August 1, 2018, defendants’ motions to dismiss were denied. The court upheld plaintiffs’ claims against Deloitte & Touche, the Sidley

John Hancock Settles Insurance Class Action for $91 Million

July 31, 2018 by

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) has entered into a preliminary settlement with certain owners of its universal and variable universal life insurance policies who have policies that contain a contractual promise that “Applied Monthly Rates will be based on [John Hancock’s] expectations of future mortality experience”—and nothing else.

American Airlines Settles Antitrust Class Action for $45 Million

June 20, 2018 by

American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle class actions alleging that violated the Sherman Act by colluding to limit the number of seats available on domestic flights and raising ticket prices. The settlement is intended to include the millions of people who bought domestic tickets from the airline defendants between July 2011 and

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