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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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This blog is intended to provide information to the general public and to practitioners about developments that may impact Oregon class actions. 

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Bausch Health Will Pay $1.2 Billion to End Securities Fraud Class Action

A class action settlement has been announced in a long running case against Bausch Health Cos. Inc., formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The settlement announced December 16, 2019 said Bausch will pay $1.2 billion to resolve the securities class action accusing its former leaders of fraudulently inflating its stock when the Canadian company was known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The nearly five-year-old lawsuit claimed Valeant used a clandestine network of pharmacies to push high-priced drug prescriptions,

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Uber Driver Files Independent Contractor Misclassification Case

Shortly after the California lawmakers passed a bill calling for gig economy workers to be labeled employees rather than independent contractors, an Uber driver in San Francisco filed a proposed class action alleging she and other drivers were misclassified as independent contractors and underpaid. The legislation, which, if signed by the governor will take effect in 2020, requires employers to prove three things to classify workers as independent contractors: that the workers are free from

Categories: Employment Class Action, Class Actions of Interest, Class Actions Blog
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Numerous Class Actions Filed Against Capital One Over Data Breach

On July 30, 2019, several class actions were filed against Capital One after it revealed it had been the target of a data breach in which 106 million people had their personal information stolen by a hacker who is now facing federal criminal charges. The suits, all brought by Capital One credit card customers, blame the bank for failing to put in place proper security practices for protecting their sensitive information. The complaints allege that

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Data Breach Class Action in Oregon Against Premera Settled

On Monday, Oregon federal district court judge Michael Simon preliminarily approved a $32 million settlement that would resolve multidistrict litigation against Premera Blue Cross over the health insurer’s 2015 data breach that affected an estimated 11 million customers and employees. In a 58-page order, Judge Michael H. Simon said the proposed settlement is fair, considering that the proposed class members have “several strong arguments” regarding Premera’s allegedly inadequate data security measures. The judge also noted

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