Class Actions of Interest

Aequitas Investors Settle Securities Class Action in Oregon

July 11, 2019 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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

Planet Hollywood Sued In Class Action Over Data Breach

April 11, 2019 by

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

Dentists Settle Class Action Against 3M Over Defective Crowns

April 2, 2019 by

3M Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle a putative class action filed by dentists who alleged the company sold them faulty dental crown products that popped out of patients’ mouths, then failed to follow through with its warranty. The plaintiffs asked a Minnesota federal judge to preliminarily approve the settlement. Under the

Students Denied Admission File Class Action Relating to College Admission Scandal

March 27, 2019 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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

Discrimination Class Action Filed Against Ogletree Deakins

January 29, 2019 by

A class action lawsuit has been filed by a former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder who alleges that the law firm systematically pays female attorneys less than men. The lawsuit also alleges that the plaintiff was fired, because she urged other women at the firm to complain about pay inequity and harassment.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Arbitration For Transportation Workers

January 15, 2019 by

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that trucking company New Prime Inc. cannot compel arbitration in a class action alleging it failed to pay independent contractor truck-drivers the proper minimum wage. The Supreme Court found that transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce, including those classified as independent contractors, are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act

Scotts Miracle-Gro Settles Bird Seed with Pesticide Class Action for $85 Million

December 18, 2018 by

Consumers and Scotts Miracle-Gro submitted a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement in California federal court arising out of a class action alleging that the lawn company knowingly sold bird food laced with toxic pesticides. The settlement is for up to $85 million, depending on how many class members file claims. The settlement will

Syngenta $1.5 Billion Settlement of GMO Corn Class Action Approved

December 13, 2018 by

A $1.5 billion settlement between Syngenta and 650,000 corn producers over the agricultural giant’s genetically modified corn seed was approved. The order from U.S. District Judge John W. Lungstrum noted that the case was “hotly contested,” with the merits of the corn producer claims “thoroughly vetted through litigation” in multiple jurisdictions.

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