Appeals Court Rules Employer Willfully Violated FCRA with Liability Waiver on Background Check Disclosure Document

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers can “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) if they provide job applicants with a disclosure that a background check may be obtained for employment purposes that also includes a liability waiver …

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Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Inaccurate Background Check

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims he was denied a job based on an allegedly inaccurate background check and is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a …

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Court Finds Complete and Up To Date Requirement of FCRA Does Not Include Accuracy Component

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the “complete and up to date” requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must follow when performing background checks does not include an “accuracy” component as well.

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FCRA Lawsuits Will Remain a Potential Threat to Employers After Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. However, the fact that class action lawsuits involving …

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FCRA Lawsuit against Bank of America over Background Checks Dismissed

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A California federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Bank of America Inc. and other defendants over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during background checks on contract workers by ruling the plaintiff lacked standing to bring any claims, according …

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JPMorgan Chase Granted Summary Judgment in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has granted JPMorgan Chase a summary judgment motion in a class action lawsuit that claimed the banking and financial services company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks, …

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Employers Should Not Let Guard Down on FCRA Compliance in Wake of Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers should not “let their guard down about complying with background screening rules” such as the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) despite recent court rulings such as the dismissal of a proposed FCRA class action lawsuit against transportation network company Lyft, Inc. by a federal judge …

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Dish Network to Pay $1.75 Million to Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Satellite television company Dish Network has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not providing proper consent and disclosure forms needed to conduct background checks for employment purposes, according to a …

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Judge Finds FCRA Lawsuit against Background Check Firm May Proceed Under Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In July of 2016, a federal judge in the Northern District of California certified a class of job applicants in a lawsuit claiming a background check firm violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that may proceed under the “concreteness” test established by a U.S. …

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Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Time Warner Citing Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Time Warner Cable, Inc. over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by finding the plaintiff could not show he suffered “concrete harm” from the background check process in a decision that …

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