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FCRA Class Plaintiff Lacked Injury Needed for Standing Under Spokeo, 4th Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An $11.7 million judgment awarded against credit reporting company Experian in a 69,000-member class action brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was vacated by the Fourth Circuit in Dreher v. Experian...more

The ABCs of Statutory Consumer Protection Liability

The number of consumer claims filed since the Great Recession has skyrocketed. These claims include alleged violations of an “alphabet soup” of federal and state consumer protection statutes. These statutes allow prevailing...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Finds No Article III Injury in Fair Credit Reporting Act Case

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the plaintiff’s allegations that Experian denied him access to information to which he was entitled under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was insufficient to establish...more

A “Bad Apples” Database for Banks? Not So Fast.

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Should banks, while guarding against rolling episodes of misconduct by bankers, have the ability to blackball employees from the banking industry? A “bad apples” database of bank employees who have acted improperly in prior...more

Spokeo: On the One-Year Anniversary of the Pivotal Case, Insights for Retailers

by Morgan Lewis on

Dear Retail Clients and Friends, Many of you are likely familiar with the US Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. On the one-year anniversary of Spokeo, data shows that retailers’ chances of success in...more

Fourth Circuit Applies Spokeo to Vacate $11.7 Million Class Action Judgment

by Williams Mullen on

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that a class representative who failed to allege a concrete injury from incomplete or incorrect information on his credit report did not satisfy the standing...more

Fourth Circuit Vacates $12M FCRA Class Action Judgment Against Experian

On May 11, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a $12 million judgment against Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (“Experian”) in a class action against the credit reporting bureau alleging violations of the...more

Is Your Background Check Too Broad? New D.C. Law Bans Requests for or Use of Credit Information

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Credit information is often one component of a comprehensive employment background check. As we have previously reported, employers utilizing background checks performed by a credit reporting agency are subject to a number of...more

Background Checks Are a Good Idea, but Be Careful What You Wish or

by Fisher Phillips on

Virtually every thoughtful employer wants to hire the very best employees they can find. And why not? Good workers produce better products, provide better service, give maximum effort, learn and adopt the company’s best...more

Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. - This week Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) introduced the FCRA Liability...more

New York City Bans Employer Inquiries Into Salary History

by Genova Burns LLC on

On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed a law amending the New York City Human Rights Law, barring all public and private New York City employers from asking job applicants about their prior wages and salary...more

FTC Issues "Advice" on Background Check Disclosure and Authorization Forms

by Littler on

On April 28, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a blog article entitled “Background checks on prospective employees: Keep required disclosures simple.” The FTC is one of the two federal agencies with oversight...more

Is It Time To Recall Some Of Your HR Policies?

by Fisher Phillips on

Factory recalls have become a fact of life for those who sell and drive vehicles. The scenarios have a common theme: a vehicle part does not operate as designed or is determined to present a possible risk of failure. Once...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Privacy and Data Security

Judge Trims Proposed Class Action Over Wendy’s Data Breach - Torres v. Wendy’s Int’l, LLC, No. 16-cv-0210 (PGB) (DCI) (M.D. Fla. Mar. 21, 2017). A U.S. district court judge in Florida trimmed a proposed class action...more

New Changes to Massachusetts Regulations on Criminal History Checks

by Littler on

Employers operating in Massachusetts are already aware of the Commonwealth’s Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) law. CORI refers to the database of criminal information maintained by the Department of Criminal...more

Spokeo Leaves Lower Courts to Wrangle With Article III Standing Issues

by Carlton Fields on

The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins on May 16, 2016. At the time, the degree to which the decision was a punt was somewhat underreported. The five-judge majority opinion actually...more

PLI 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Chicago session – 25% discount available

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The second presentation of the 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place in Chicago on May 4-5, 2017. I am co-chairing the event, as I have for the past 21...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

Prospective Employees Must Show Actual Harm From Failure to Properly Disclose Background Checks

by Sedgwick LLP on

Consent to a background check seems to be a part of any employment application these days, whether the job sought is with a large corporation or the corner deli. Employers gain a measure of protection from conducting...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

Screen for Success: The Importance of Legal Compliance in the Hiring Process

by Sands Anderson PC on

It’s a fair guess that employment lawyers spend a substantial amount of their time advising clients about the legal issues arising out of employment separations. However, these attorneys likely receive far fewer requests for...more

CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with Credit Reporting Agency Over Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On March 23, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a California-based credit reporting agency (CRA) and its subsidiaries, resolving allegations that the...more

CFPB settles with consumer reporting agency for alleged UDAAP/FCRA violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Experian, a consumer reporting agency, for allegedly engaging in the deceptive marketing of credit scores in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection...more

Credit Reporting Remains a High Priority for the CFPB

The CFPB confirmed credit reporting remains a high priority for the agency by issuing a special Supervisory Highlights devoted to credit reporting earlier this month. The report was generally complimentary of the strides...more

Checking In on Background Checks

by Zelle LLP on

Background checks are a valuable (and often essential) part of the hiring process. They help employers find good employees and avoid risky hires. Failure to check applicants’ backgrounds can amount to negligence and may...more

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