On May 26, preliminary approval was sought to resolve a proposed class action, pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, against background screening company Inflection Risk Solutions LLC (Inflection). The proposed settlement seeks to resolve claims that Inflection violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by allegedly reporting misdemeanor convictions as felonies

In December 2021, a federal judge granted a motion for summary judgment in Mitchell v. Specialized Loan Servicing LLC, holding that defendant Specialized Loan Servicing LLC (Specialized Loan) properly reported plaintiff Eric Mitchell’s (Mitchell) loan status by using a designation indicating “no payment history available this month.” The court held that this designation complied

On January 26, a federal judge granted plaintiff Maria Garcia’s (Garcia) motion to remand on the basis that the amount in controversy was below the required threshold. The order was based on the court’s interpretation of the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Act’s (ICRAA) statutory damages scheme and its finding that the statute allows for one

Recently, a district judge in California granted a defendant’s motion to dismiss in Koeut v. Navient Corp., ruling that the plaintiff failed to specifically allege facts to support an inference that Navient Corporation and Navient Solutions LLC violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA). The

In November, the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) and the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) joined forces to submit an amicus brief in support of landlords’ First Amendment right to conduct criminal record background checks. The case is Yim v. City of Seattle, on appeal before the Ninth Circuit, challenging a Seattle ordinance that

On December 8, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted a rule specifying the minimum national requirements for registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The rule, which takes effect on January 7, 2022, “provides a concise and comprehensive statement of what sex offenders must do to comply with SORNA’s requirements.” The

In a report released on November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that credit report disputes more commonly occur among consumers in majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods than consumers in majority white neighborhoods. New CFPB Director Rohit Chopra attributed this disparity to alleged “[e]rror-ridden credit reports” that “are far too prevalent and may

In Mowrer v. United States Department of Transportation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that government immunity is waived under the FCRA, but also found that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not act as a consumer reporting agency (CRA) in distributing safety records of commercial truck

A U.S. district judge in Illinois recently denied a motion to dismiss in a class action involving an alleged violation of the Illinois’ Right of Publicity Act (IRPA). The court determined that the defendant’s arguments were more suitable for an affirmative defense and was unpersuaded by any of the arguments.

In Krause v. RocketReach LLC

After the District Court for the District of Oregon dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) suit filed against Fred Meyer, Inc., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals partially reversed, holding Fred Meyer had failed to comply with FCRA’s “standalone” requirement by providing, in good faith, an extraneous explanation of the applicant’s rights