Judge Approves Proposed $1.3 Million Settlement for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In August 2018, a California federal judge preliminarily approved a proposed $1.3 million class action lawsuit settlement against an American company working in the healthcare industry for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law caused by the company’s background check authorization …

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Court Finds Employer Violated FCRA by Not Providing Applicant Copy of Report and Summary of Rights

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 29, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed and reversed in part and remanded a case that claimed a potential employer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by withdrawing a job offer based upon information in a background …

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims McDonald’s Violated FCRA with Background Checks on Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a Florida court claims that fast food giant McDonald’s allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when it conducted background checks on job applicants by failing to obtain proper authorization and disclosure in violation of the FCRA, according to a …

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PepsiCo Subsidiary Agrees to Pay $1.2 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Claiming Violation of FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A subsidiary of food and beverage giant PepsiCo has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “by procuring background reports for employment purposes without making certain required disclosures,” Top Class Actions reports.

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Appeals Court Dismisses FCRA Case Against State Farm Citing Precedent in Supreme Court Spokeo Decision

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against State Farm for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by an applicant who claimed he was not allowed to review incorrect information on …

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Frito-Lay Agrees to Pay $2.4 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Claiming Improper Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, Frito-Lay Inc. – a subsidiary of PepsiCo – agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the snack food manufacturer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) , the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), and the …

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Petco Reaches $1.2 Million Settlement with Job Applicants in FCRA Background Check Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Petco Animal Supplies Inc. is waiting for preliminary approval of a $1.2 million settlement with two job applicants in a class action lawsuit that claims the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with unlawful background check policies, according to a report on the Top …

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Target to Pay $3.7 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Discriminatory Criminal Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Target Corporation has agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a class action lawsuit to resolve allegations its overly broad and outdated criminal background check policy discriminated against African-American and Latino applicants, according to a press release from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF).

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FCRA Consumer Litigation Filings Continue to Increase in February 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February 2018, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) cases led consumer litigation filings with 422 plaintiffs – nearly 60 percent higher than in February 2017 – while Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases declined, according to WebRecon LLC.

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review Case that May Impact Data Breach Lawsuits

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States denied a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the case of CareFirst Inc. v. Attias and possibly provide some clarification of the Court’s May 2016 ruling in the related case of Spokeo Inc. v. Robins to …

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