Judge Decertifies Class of 6.5 Million Applicants in FCRA Lawsuit Against Walmart Finding Insufficient Injury Under Spokeo

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 18, 2019, a California federal judge decertified a class of approximately 6,547,400 applicants in a class action lawsuit against Walmart that claimed the retail giant procured background checks using disclosure forms that violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), finding the plaintiffs failed to…

Court Rules Background Check for Independent Contractor Does Not Trigger Protections for Employment Purposes under FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn              On August 9, 2019, a ruling in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found that a background check for independent contractors does not trigger the protections applicable for a background check for “employment purposes” under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).…

Employers Paid $174 Million Over Past Decade to Settle FCRA Lawsuits Involving Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn              Employers have paid out $174 million over the past decade to settle class action lawsuits that claim they violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs the use of background checks on job applicants, according to a blog examining a compilation of court records assembled…