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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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Experian Settles Data Breach Class Action Brought by T-Mobile Users for $22 Million

November 14, 2018 by

Lawyers representing T-Mobile users filed a motion asking for preliminary approval of a $22 million class action settlement in California federal court arising out of a data breach by Experian. The settlement will provide credit monitoring and insurance services, and an additional $11.7 million worth of remedial and enhanced security measures that Experian has taken

Motel 6 Settles Discrimination Class Action Relating to ICE for $6.6 Million

November 7, 2018 by

Last week, motel chain Motel 6 announced it had settled a class action brought on behalf of Latino motel guests who claimed that Motel 6 unlawfully disclosed their personal information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agents. The suit was originally filed in January 2018, in Arizona federal court, by the Mexican American Legal

Stoll Berne Named to Best Law Firms for 2019

November 1, 2018

Stoll Berne was recently named in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms rankings for 2019. Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal

Discrimination Class Action Against Airbnb in Oregon is Allowed to Proceed

October 31, 2018 by

Oregon federal district judge Michael Simon denied a motion to dismiss an Oregon class action lawsuit that alleges Airbnb allows discrimination against black users. The lawsuit contends the vacation rental website, which connects homeowners with travelers looking to rent a room, allows the homeowners to discriminate by requiring would-be guests to register with their full

Judge Rejects Arbitration Clause In Tribal Payday Loan Class Action

October 22, 2018 by

A Washington federal judge has denied a bid by a fintech firm and a tribal corporation through which the firm ran a payday lending business to force into arbitration a suit over exorbitant interest rates, ruling that arbitration clauses in agreements borrowers signed are invalid. The judge said the unclear loan contract language seems to

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.

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