Fair Credit Reporting Act

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New Regulations Likely to Yield New Theories

The plaintiffs’ bar, drawing inspiration from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations that took effect in early 2014, have begun to pursue new theories of liability under old causes of action. The new...more

FCRA Class Actions

Hyping The “Hyper-technical” - The slowly rising waves of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class-action litigation are beginning to crash against employers. And if you thought that the FCRA only applied to credit...more

CFPB Urges SCOTUS: Hands Off That FCRA Holding

Time to dust off those federal jurisdiction hornbooks! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Office of the Solicitor General (collectively, “the government”) submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in...more

EEOC and Private Plaintiffs Continue Aggressive Litigation Attacking Background Checks

As part of its focus on eliminating barriers to hiring, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to mount an aggressive litigation strategy targeting background-check policies that it believes have a...more

Background Check Suits: Whole Foods Class Action to Continue

In a previous blog I discussed the multiple class actions that are pending and which address the issue of the Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements in connection with on-line employment applications....more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Announces Final Policy On Publication Of Detailed Consumer Complaints

On March 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("the Bureau") published a final policy statement ("the Statement") announcing its plans to disclose details of consumer complaints on its public consumer complaint...more

CFPB Continues to Spotlight Consumer Reporting Agencies

Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest supervisory report covering July 2014 through December 2014. These reports highlight the examinations, corrective measures and consumer...more

Employers: What You Need to Know if You Conduct Background Checks - Despite its name the FCRA does not just apply to credit...

Your decision to hire a new employee or promote an existing one may depend on the findings of a background check. Did you know that you need to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”) if you perform background...more

Federal Court Decision Demonstrates Ongoing Challenges Faced by Plaintiffs in Data Breach Litigation

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a class action complaint against the St. Joseph Health System arising out of a data security breach that occurred after hackers...more

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers

As the use and reach of social media continues to increase and evolve, employers should be aware of the latest risks and issues to consider during the recruiting and hiring process. The results of an August 2014...more

Employers Running Background Checks: Top 10 Tips to Avoid Joining the Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation “Club”

What do Whole Foods, Chuck E. Cheese, Michael’s Stores, Dollar General, Panera, Publix, and K-Mart have in common? Each of these companies has faced lawsuits (including class actions) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Complaint For Lack Of Standing

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held that a plaintiff lacked standing to pursue claims for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq....more

Class Action Trends in Virginia: Employment Background Reports

Forty percent of the consumer class actions filed in Virginia in 2014 alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) relate to background reports for employment purposes. With one exception, all of the cases...more

Background Checks Increasingly Leading to Litigation

Background checks are increasingly leading to class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). Many employers utilize background checks that include "consumer reports" during the hiring...more

FTC Releases Report on the “Internet of Things”

On January 28, the FTC released a comprehensive report detailing what the so-called “Internet of Things” is, how it is being used, and how both consumers and businesses can protect themselves. The report defines the Internet...more

CFPB Seeks Court Approval of Consent Order Shutting Down Alleged Sham Credit Card

Last December, the CFPB sued a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, alleging that the company deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Revising Provisions of Securitization Safe Harbor Rule - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Amending Regulations...more

"'Ban the Box' Initiatives: Removing Conviction Histories From Employment Applications"

The use of criminal records in the hiring process has received a great deal of attention in recent years. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance in 2012 requiring employers to demonstrate that conviction...more

Retailers Beware: Background Checks Continue To Be Subjected To Scrutiny and Class Action Litigation

Retailers are getting hit with a tsunami of class action litigation alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) guidelines, and related state laws. ...more

How to Identify Hidden Risks in Big Data

T.S. Eliot wrote, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” While this may be an inspiring philosophy in many respects, it is a dangerous path for corporations that push the envelope...more

Caveat Emptor or Caveat Vendor? The Evolution of Unfairness in Federal Consumer Protection Law

Under the Federal Trade Commission’s original interpretation of unfair or deceptive acts or practices law, financial institutions could feel some sense of security that, if they provided a consumer with a clear understanding...more

Trouble in the Magic Kingdom: Disney Finds Itself the Villain in This Fairytale

Disney is known for its fairytales and happy endings. Usually its adorable characters and feel-good plots earn it wide acclaim. But recently, a California judge agreed with the plaintiff, in Roger L. Culberson II v. The Walt...more

CFPB Proposes Regulating Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

On September 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued and requested comment on a proposed rule that would, for the first time, subject nonbank auto finance companies to federal regulation and oversight. The...more

Plaintiffs' Class Action Claims Target Background Checks

Earlier this week, the arts and crafts retailer Michael’s Stores, Inc. received notice of a new class action lawsuit challenging its use of applicant background checks. The lawsuit alleges that the retailer failed to provide...more

2014 Survey Of Class Action Cases In Virginia: The Statistics

In Virginia, class action lawsuits are not permitted in state court. This limitation, however, does not mean that companies doing business in Virginia are not defending class action lawsuits in Virginia....more

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