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Plaintiff Seeks Remand of Sodexo FCRA Lawsuit

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Sodexo, Inc. recently found itself named in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action based on alleged improprieties in its background check disclosure forms and its pre-adverse action process.  Sodexo removed the case from Pennsylvania state court to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on April 7, claiming the… Continue Reading

Spokeo Strikes Again: Fourth Circuit Reverses and Dismisses $12 Million FCRA Class Action on Spokeo Grounds

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts
Credit report with scoreIn one of the most significant post-Spokeo decisions to date, the Fourth Circuit unanimously reversed and dismissed a nearly $12 million Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class action judgment, finding plaintiff, Michael T. Dreher, lacked Article III standing to bring his claims. The decision provides much needed clarity from the Fourth Circuit on the viability… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance for Employment Background Screening

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On April 28, the Federal Trade Commission published a blog entitled “Background Checks on Prospective Employees: Keep Required Disclosures Simple.”  In this online publication, the FTC issued guidance to employers on how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act if they intend to use a consumer report (commonly referred to as a background check)… Continue Reading

Sodexo Defends FCRA Class Action Alleging Failures in Hiring Process

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Sodexo, Inc. was recently named as the defendant in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action based on alleged improprieties in its hiring procedures.  The case, Piveronas v. Sodexo, Inc., was originally filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and removed to the United States District Court for the Western… Continue Reading

California Approves New Regulations Regarding Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

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On March 27, the Office of Administrative Law for the State of California announced new regulations that even further limit employers’ ability to consider a job applicant’s criminal history when making hiring decisions. Except if otherwise permitted by law, employers are prohibited from taking into consideration during the hiring process a number of enumerated offenses, including arrests… Continue Reading

Health Care Management Company Sued in FCRA Class Action

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Lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act resulting from allegedly inaccurate background checks do not appear to be going away.  Just last week, plaintiff Michelle Petry filed a class action against IDE Management d/b/a Cathedral Health Care Centers, in the Southern District of Indiana, claiming that she was denied a job as a result of… Continue Reading

North Carolina House Votes Overwhelmingly to “Ban the Box”

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The North Carolina House of Representatives recently voted 98-14 to “ban the box” for state agency hiring.  The bill would not apply to private employers or to state positions that “involve direct interaction with minors or the elderly.”   House Bill 409 would prevent state agencies from inquiring into an employment applicant’s criminal history at the… Continue Reading

Join Us for a Complimentary Webinar – Post-Spokeo Survey – An Analysis of Trends and Developments in the Courts

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening, CFS Events, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Featured Posts
Microphone on Stage SizedOn Wednesday, April 19 from 12-1 p.m. ET, Troutman Sanders attorneys Mary Zinsner and Jon Hubbard will present a survey of consumer protection decisions from across the country interpreting and applying the Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.  The decisions from the federal circuits are conflicting and some “no-injury” class action proceedings are… Continue Reading

Virginia Federal Court Dismisses FCRA Permissible Purpose Claim on Standing Grounds

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On March 29, 2017, a judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim against Equifax Information Services, LLC alleging that Equifax provided the plaintiff’s consumer report to a third party without an FCRA permissible purpose.  Dilday v. DIRECTV, LLC et al., No. 3:16CV996-HEH. … Continue Reading

Court Rejects FCRA Background Check Settlement As Providing Insufficient Recovery For Class Members In Light Of Ninth Circuit Ruling

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This past week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declined to preliminarily approve a class action settlement of a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claim because the payment to class members was unreasonably low.  In the Court’s view, the class members deserved more in light of the strengths of the plaintiff’s… Continue Reading

California’s Regulation Regarding Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

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The Fair Employment and Housing Council published the final text for the “Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions” regulation on March 27, 2017.  This regulation, effective July 1, 2017, impacts employers’ consideration of criminal history information for employment purposes, including those related to layoffs.  Employers are well-advised to take a fresh look at their… Continue Reading

Courts Approve $950,000 FCRA Class Action Settlement Against McDonald’s

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On March 15, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted final approval of a Fair Credit Reporting Act class action against fast food restaurant McDonald’s.  The named plaintiff, James Wesley Carter, originally brought the action against McDonald’s in July 2015 alleging that McDonald’s violates the rights of consumers by failing… Continue Reading

Improper Form of Background Check Disclosure Not Sufficient Injury for Standing

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Ever since the Supreme Court decided Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins last year, courts have been struggling to define the contours of standing in “no injury” class actions.  In Fields v. Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services, Inc. et al., the District of Minnesota recently granted a motion to dismiss a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim in… Continue Reading

Kansas Federal Court Grants Partial Approval to Background Check Disclosure Class Action Settlement

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On January 25, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas granted partial preliminary approval to the class settlement in Lengel v. HomeAdvisor, Inc., No. 15-2198-KHV.  The plaintiff, Emerald Lengel, brought a class action lawsuit in January 2015, alleging that HomeAdvisor, her then-potential employer, violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Lengel alleged HomeAdvisor… Continue Reading

Join Us at the NAPBS 2017 Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference

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We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders partners David Anthony, Cindy Hanson,  Ron Raether, and Ashley Taylor will be featured panelists at the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (“NAPBS”) 2017 Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference to be held March 20-21 in Arlington, Virginia.  In an interview-style format, David will have a conversation with… Continue Reading

District Court Finds That Sending Copy of Background Check Satisfies FCRA Pre-Adverse Action Obligations

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Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, when an employer is considering rejecting an applicant based on a background check (often referred to as a consumer report), it must follow certain “pre-adverse” action procedures.  Specifically, an employer must provide the applicant with a copy of his or her background check and a summary of rights under… Continue Reading

Defendant Requests Rehearing En Banc of Ninth Circuit’s Finding of Willful FCRA Violation

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As we previously reported, on January 20, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision of first impression in Syed v. M-I, LLC, a putative class action, when it held that a prospective employer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by including a liability waiver in its background check disclosure form.  The Ninth… Continue Reading

Court Denies Background Screener’s Spokeo Motion Related to Address History Reporting

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On February 13, a judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a background screening company’s motion to dismiss a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action on the basis of the Supreme Court’s holding in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016).  As has been the… Continue Reading

Blue Shield Avoids Potential TCPA Class Action Liability in Prerecorded Phone Call Case

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A judge in California recently dismissed a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against Blue Shield of California, an insurance provider.  In Smith v. Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Co. (C.D. Cal.), the judge found that the telephone call at issue was, as a matter of law, not the type of… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ FCRA Complaint against Fannie Mae

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In an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a complaint sufficiently alleged that Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) may act as a consumer reporting agency (“CRA”) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which could potentially subject Fannie Mae to the accuracy requirements imposed by section 1681e(b) of the FCRA. In… Continue Reading

Ban the Box Bill Passes Virginia State Senate, Awaits Review by House

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On January 27, Sen. Rosalyn Dance’s “ban the box” bill, SB 1171, passed the Virginia Senate by a 22-17 vote.  The bill proposes to “ban the box” by preventing prospective employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history at the initial employment application stage.  The bill was introduced as follows:  “Public employment; inquiries by… Continue Reading

New Jersey District Court Grants Michaels Stores’ Spokeo Motion on Consolidated FCRA Action

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Last week, a district court in New Jersey dismissed a consolidated action against Michaels Stores, Inc., finding that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to bring their FCRA claims. In the consolidated action, plaintiffs Christina Graham, Gary Anderson, Michele Castro, Janice Bercut, and Michelle Bercut applied for and were hired by Michaels.  Despite obtaining employment,… Continue Reading

Employers Beware: Ninth Circuit Finds Inclusion of Liability Waiver in FCRA Background Check Disclosure Form is a Willful Violation

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On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision of first impression in Syed v. M-I, LLC, a putative class action, when it held that a prospective employer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including a liability waiver in its FCRA background check disclosure form. Any employer who… Continue Reading

Plaintiff Has Standing in FCRA Class Action Suit, Says Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge

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On January 18, a United States magistrate judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania opined that a plaintiff has standing under Spokeo to pursue his Fair Credit Reporting Act class action complaint in federal court.   In Miller v. Trans Union LLC, plaintiff Ronald J. Miller alleges that Trans Union violated section 1681g(a) of the FCRA… Continue Reading