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FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

Beyond Credit Reporting: The Extension of Potential Class Action Liability to Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Do not be fooled by its title: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs a broad spectrum of industries. Indeed, the provisions of FCRA apply to any business entity...more

CFPB Releases Report and Guidance Bulletin on Credit Reporting

The CFPB released a report on the findings of its first major study on credit reporting principally resulting from thousands of complaints received between July 21, 2011 and February 1, 2014. ...more

Weathering the Sea Change in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation in 2014

In 2013, the ballooning number of employment class actions illuminated the sea change in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation. The FCRA was enacted in 1970 during President Nixon's administration, and is hardly in its...more

Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Credit Reporting Act

The United States Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to decide whether the Fair Credit Reporting Act preempts private rights of action under New Jersey state law for defamation. FCRA’s furnisher rule imposes special...more

Litigating in the Gap Between Theory and Reality - Reseller Liability Under Section 1681e(b) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

One of the most significant sources of litigation risks for niche businesses occurs when the statutory laws governing their conduct fail to reflect the real-world context of the industries in which they operate. Because even...more

CFPB files amicus brief in FCRA case

The CFPB recently filed its first amicus brief in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case. This brief, like the amicus brief the CFPB filed in August 2013 in the Seventh Circuit in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case,...more

’60 Minutes’ Show Gets Facts All Wrong in Report on Credit Reporting Agencies

The credit reporting industry – dominated by Experian, Equifax and Transunion – maintains a precarious balance of obligations: On the one hand, these companies bear a responsibility to banks and other businesses at large to...more

FTC ‘Checks’ In With $3.5 Million Consent Order Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

This week the Federal Trade Commission entered into a consent decree with Certegy Check Services, one of the nation’s check authorization service companies, pursuant to which Certegy has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle...more

Huge FCRA Verdict Against Equifax Shows Potential Costs of Failing to Protect and Correct Consumer’s Credit History

Last week an Oregon jury awarded an individual plaintiff over $18 million in compensatory and punitive damages in what some sources have reported to be the first jury verdict in a case brought under the Fair Credit Reporting...more

Nevada Imposes Restrictions On The Use Of Credit Reports In Employment Decisions

Employers frequently use credit reports (sometimes referred to as “consumer reports”) as a tool in determining whether to hire, promote or retain an employee. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a federal law, allows an...more

Maine Simplifies Credit Reporting Law

This week, Maine enacted a bill to simplify the state’s credit reporting law....more

Tenth Circuit Holds Affidavit Sufficient To Avoid Summary Judgment On FCRA Emotional Damage Claim

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a district court’s award of summary judgment to a mortgage servicer who provided a negative credit report after the borrower...more

Federal Court Holds Credit Furnisher Must Show Proof Of Investigation Of Consumer Dispute Under FCRA

On February 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona held that a furnisher of credit information must present evidence regarding its investigation of a consumer’s credit reporting dispute in order to satisfy...more

Employers Should Use Revised FCRA Disclosure for Employees and Job Applicants

Employers who use consumer reports as part of their decision-making process in the hiring, promotion or firing of employees should note the attached “A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” issued by the...more

New Federal Agency Rings In The New Year With New FCRA Background Check Forms

Employers that use third parties to perform background checks on applicants or employees must start using new Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) forms immediately. The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is...more

Background Checks: Updated “Summary of Consumer Rights” Required Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

Start the new year out right by using the updated “Summary of Consumer Rights” form, required as of January 1, 2013, to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Even if you updated your form earlier in 2012, you...more

Modified Fair Credit Reporting Act Notices Will Be Required Effective January 1, 2013

The following is an important message for all employers that use credit reporting agencies to perform pre-employment background checks or other related investigations...more

Legal Alert: Employers Must Be Prepared To Use Revised FCRA Forms Beginning January 1, 2013

Beginning January 1, 2013, employers must use the revised forms issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in November 2012 to conduct background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). ...more

Is Your Company Using the Right Form for Background Checks?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) has taken over rulemaking and enforcement responsibilities for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and has updated an important FCRA form that employers must use when...more

Dismissal of Putative Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Violations of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act

In a putative class action handled by Robert Maddox, Mike Pennington, and Keith Anderson, the Northern District of Alabama recently dismissed a lawsuit for alleged violations of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”)....more

CFPB Warning and Bulletin for Nationwide Specialty CRAs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has sent warning letters to several nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies (“CRAs”), notifying the CRAs that the CFPB believes that the CRAs are not complying with...more

eTrends - By January 1, 2013, FCRA Forms Must be Updated

By January 1, 2013, employers and consumer reporting agencies must use revised, updated forms for certain notices required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The revisions indicate that the recently created Consumer...more

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