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Home Improvement Store May Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit with Gift Cards

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. may offer more than 450,000 people a $50 gift card or a $35 check in a settlement agreement for a class action lawsuit that claims the home improvement store violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with background checks, reports Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, North Carolina. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Negligent Hiring by Hospital Put Thousands of Patients at Risk

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a Colorado Federal Court claims a hospital put thousands of its patients at risk through the negligent hiring of a surgical technologist who potentially exposed them to viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C, according to the Denver Post. Continue reading

Home Depot to Pay $19.5 Million for Massive Data Breach

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million – $13 million to settle class action lawsuits and $6.5 million for identity protection services – to compensate approximately 40 to 50 million consumers affected by a massive data breach in 2014, according to a report from Reuters. Continue reading

Complaint Claims Violations of California ICRAA by Consumer Reporting Agency

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A complaint filed in Superior Court of California County of San Francisco claims a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) has violated the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), California Civil Code § 1786 ET SEQ. The ICRAA “regulates the procurement, content, and use of criminal, credit, medical, and other background checks by investigative credit reporting agencies and employers.” Continue reading

Restaurant and Arcade Chain Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A proposed class action lawsuit claims that restaurant and arcade chain Dave & Buster’s allegedly disregarded the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks for employment purposes on prospective employees, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Helps Employers Avoid FCRA Lawsuits

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With litigation against employers conducting background checks mushrooming, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Compliance World – ‘The Explosion of Lawsuits against Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – Traps and Pitfalls to Avoid’ – on February 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PT/1:00 PM to 2:30 AM ET. Continue reading

Judge Approves $4.75 Million Settlement against Background Check Firm in FCRA Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York federal judge has granted final approval to a $4.75 million settlement in class action lawsuit against a background check company for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Settles Background Check Lawsuit for $12 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to a settlement of $12 million to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed the financial institution allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after denying employment to a job applicant based on the results of a background check report. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Business for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Missouri man has filed a class action lawsuit against a business that he claims refused to hire him based on the results of a background check report performed on him by a consumer reporting agency (CRA) and in doing so allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information, according to a report on LegalNewsline.com. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuits Will Continue to Increase in Target Rich Background Screening Environment in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs the use of background checks for employment purposes in the United States will continue to increase in 2016 since background screening is a target rich environment even if technical FCRA violations are restricted. This is the number 2 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading