Fair Credit Reporting Act Background Checks

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Bare Statutory Violation of FCRA Fails to Satisfy Standing Requirements Post-Spokeo, Says District of New Jersey in Suit Over...

Michaels escaped a potential class action alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) violations late last month when a federal judge found the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins, 136 S....more

Pre-Employment Background Screening 101 – Mitigate Your Risk

A series of recent class action complaints against employers leads me to write about what employers can do to mitigate risk with respect to their background screening program. I’m talking about pre-employment background...more

New FCRA Class Action Against UPS Shows Traditional FCRA Claims Alive and Well

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has created a flurry of class action complaints in recent years aimed at employers who fail to comply with the FCRA’s hyper-technical disclosure and consent requirements. However,...more

Courts to Employers: Get Your Background Searches in Order

Over the last few years, employers are facing a new type of class action claim – improper disclosure and authorization for background searches during the hiring process. Some courts have found violations are "willful,"...more

Nothing Crafty About Michaels’ Disclosure Under Spokeo

A New Jersey District Court followed Spokeo’s Article III standing analysis and dismissed claims by three putative class representatives against Michaels Stores. Plaintiffs claimed that Michaels’ online employment application...more

Ninth Circuit Rules an Employer Willfully Violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by Including Liability Waiver With the Disclosure...

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including a liability waiver in a disclosure and authorization form that it provided to a job...more

Ninth Circuit: FCRA Background Check Disclosure Cannot Include Liability Waiver

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a background check disclosure that included a liability waiver violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Ninth Circuit is the first...more

Ninth Circuit Breaks New Ground, Addresses Standing and Extraneous Content in Background Check Disclosure Forms/Screens

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit became the first court of appeals to weigh in on several important legal issues for expensive, increasingly common background check class actions—specifically (a) the extraneous content...more

Ninth Circuit is the First Appellate Court to Rule on “Extraneous Text” in a FCRA Background Check Disclosure

On January 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first appellate court to rule on the lawfulness of a liability waiver in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure. In Syed v. M-I, the...more

Causation Counts: Strategic Use of Summary Judgment Post-Spokeo

Early scorecards in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins all note high marks in the plaintiffs’ column, especially at the motion to dismiss stage. Emboldened by these decisions,...more

Tenant Screening and the FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued guidance applicable to background screening companies (aka consumer reporting agencies) who engage in tenant screening. The FTC highlights four key responsibilities of...more

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is Not Just About Credit Reports

Employers have the legal ability and opportunity to utilize information contained in consumer credit reports to evaluate employees if they follow the rules. But if you don’t understand the rules and, therefore, fail to...more

Spokeo Gets Lyft Off

The Northern District of California dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act case against Lyft upon finding that plaintiff lacked Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct....more

Lyft Obtains Dismissal Of FCRA Class Action

Lyft, the ride-sharing service, recently obtained dismissal of a putative class alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when obtaining background checks on its drivers. See Nokchan v. Lyft, Inc., No....more

Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

New Background Check Requirements for California Transportation Network Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, drivers participating with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) in California will be subject to mandatory criminal background checks, regardless of whether a driver is considered an employee or...more

Lyft Wins Background Check Class Action Claim

Apparently, even a “no decision” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court can still establish precedent. Relying on a Spring 2016 SCOTUS decision, a federal magistrate judge in California dismissed a proposed class action...more

Use of Credit Information for Employment Screening

Background checks for employment screening purposes may contain different information. Most common would be the use of criminal history information, but there are times when an employer requests that their background...more

Update on the Employment Application Process and Background Checks

Now that Massachusetts has barred its employers’ from asking job applicants about salary information, and Connecticut has joined the “Ban the Box” trend (prohibiting employers from asking applicants about arrests and...more

Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their...more

Serial FCRA Plaintiff Falls Short

After a battle of motions between the parties, on August 9th a Wisconsin federal judge dismissed a proposed class action for alleged violations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) against Cory Groshek. Why is this...more

California Federal Judge Certifies Class in S2Verify FCRA Class Action Using Spokeo Concreteness Test

Last week, the decision in the Spokeo case influenced a California court’s decision to certify a class in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case. The class of applicants who claim that S2Verify, a background check company,...more

Ariana Grande’s online antics result in job loss at the White House

Newly leaked e-mails reveal that pop sensation Ariana Grande lost a gig performing at the White House based on a video circulated online last year. The surveillance footage taken at a California doughnut shop showed Grande...more

CFPB Week in Review

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had another busy week. Here is an overview of what the CFPB was up to recently: Enforcement Actions and Litigation - Enforcement Action Against Santander Bank...more

Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision Leaves Questions Unresolved

On May 16, the Supreme Court issued its Spokeo v. Robins decision. Spokeo was a closely-watched case, as it had the potential to substantially limit federal court jurisdiction in cases where plaintiffs sued for violations of...more

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