Class Actions of Interest

Blood Reagents Antitrust Class Action Settles

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic has agreed to pay $19.5 million to resolve a class action alleging that it conspired with another company to fix prices on the reagents used in blood tests. Ortho-Clinical’s $19.5 million will be combined with a $22 million settlement that Immucor Inc. agreed to pay to resolve allegations against it, bringing the total settlement fund to $41.5 million.

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Foot Locker Pension Plan Members Recover $290 Million in ERISA Class Action

A New York federal judge confirmed that 16,000 Foot Locker pension plan members were entitled to $290 million in benefits following a successful challenge to a cut in their plan. The judge entered an amended final judgment in the long-running case after the U.S. Supreme Court in February denied Foot Locker’s petition, confirming that the retailer must pay $290 million to its pension plan members in the long running Employee Retirement Income Security Act case.

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Monsanto Settles False Labeling Class Action for $21.5 Million

On May 25, a federal court in Missouri approved a $21.5 million settlement between Monsanto and a class of consumers who alleged the agrochemical giant used misleading labeling on its Roundup weed killer. The complaint stated that Monsanto misled consumers about how much Roundup could be made from bottles of concentrate. The concentrate labels say the formula “makes up to” a certain amount of herbicide when mixed with water, but the instructions’ fine print says the formula

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Samsung and Toshiba Agree to Settle Antitrust Claims of Indirect Purchasers of Optical Disk Drives

After losing on a motion for summary judgment, a class of optical disk drive (“ODD”) end users has agreed to settle with Samsung and Toshiba. The case is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit, but attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a request with the Ninth Circuit to extend the appeals briefing by 60 days while they seek a limited remand to the district court for approval of the settlements.

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Uber Claims It Is Ending Arbitration For Sexual Harassment Claims, But It Still Bars Class Actions

Uber won praise on May 12, 2018, when it announced it would no longer steer sexual misconduct claims into arbitration. However, the announcement failed to note that the company refrained from any promises that it would free victims from arbitration agreements if their claims are part of class action litigation.

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Another auto parts settlement in antitrust MDL

Japanese auto parts maker Tokai Rika has agreed to settle claims against it for $34.2 million. The four proposed settlement classes include those who say they were overcharged for heating control panels, occupant safety restraint systems, switches and steering angle sensors. According to the motion for preliminary approval, the classes includes millions of buyers.

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