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Universal Studios Hit with FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

  Here’s another reminder that FCRA class action lawsuits are not going away. Last week, Universal Studios in Orlando became the latest company to be hit with a class action lawsuit that alleges the company did not properly inform current and prospective employees it was running credit reports. Top Class Actions reports that the lead plaintiff Eufemio Mendez alleged Universal did not provide a disclosure form, nor did it provide employees with copies of their consumer reports when taking adverse action.
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BMW Settles EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit And Pays $1.6 Million

  In June 2013, Corporate Screening blogged about the action taken by the EEOC against BMW and Dollar General regarding their use of background checks. The EEOC complaint alleged that BMW’s criminal conviction background check policy violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On September 8, 2015 a South Carolina federal judge approved a settlement, which requires BMW to pay $1.6 million and provide employment opportunities to the rejected applicants.
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FCRA Class Action Updates: Paramount and Whole Foods

You’ve seen the headlines about the many FCRA-related class action lawsuits brought against a number of large, well-known employers. In today’s blog, Corporate Screening provides some updates on FCRA class action lawsuits brought against Paramount Pictures and Whole Foods.  While each case is unique, the contradictory court decisions highlight the controversy regarding technical violations of the FCRA.  A controversy you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of.
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Update: LinkedIn Avoids FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

  In October, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn, claiming the company acted as a credit reporting agency by providing premium users (potential employers) with “Trusted Reference” reports. The plaintiffs alleged that LinkedIn violated the FCRA because it did not get consent from consumers for the report, nor did it allow consumers to dispute the information contained in the reports, therefore violating the FCRA.
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Food Lion Parent Company Settles FCRA Lawsuit for $3 Million

The parent company of Food Lion has recently joined the ranks of companies paying large dollar amounts to settle a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit. On March 2, 2015, a preliminary motion was filed by the plaintiffs in Brown v. Delhaize America, LLC, (the parent company of Food Lion) in which the plaintiff’s attorneys are seeking the court’s approval of a $3 million FCRA class action settlement.
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Background Checks Are a Growing Trend in Youth Sports

  We've blogged a number of times on our VerifyStudents blog about the growing number of colleges and universities that have implemented background check policies designed to protect minors on their campuses. Organizations involved with student sports also appear to be joining in on this trend.
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New Year, New FCRA Class Action

  Welcome to a new year. It didn’t take long before an FCRA class action lawsuit was filed. Deadline.com reports that Paramount Pictures is the latest to be slapped with a lawsuit that alleges the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The plaintiffs allege that the company’s disclosure document violated the FCRA because it was not a stand-alone document.
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Safer Children: DoD Strengthens Background Checks for Child Care Providers

  Officials from the Department of Defense (DoD) are making criminal background checks tougher for those who interact with children. The Military Times reports that the proposed regulation “specifies that criminal history background checks must be initiated and overseen by people who are trained and vetted experts — responsible for personnel security or for human resource functions. Program managers, supervisors and others who don't routinely perform those duties would be prohibited from managing these background checks. 
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Ride Sharing: Are Stricter Regulations Needed?

The latest trend in transportation is ride sharing, and a growing number of people are using their smart phones to order a ride. By downloading an app from companies such as Uber, Lyft or SideCar, users request a ride and then a driver arrives to pick them up. Drivers use their personal cars, and payment is cashless, since it is done directly through the app using a credit card linked to each account.
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Reducing Overcrowding in California Prisons?

  This fall, California voters will vote on a move to reduce prison crowding. Fox News reports that a measure called Prop 47 would “dramatically change how the state treats certain “nonserious, nonviolent” drug and property crimes, by downgrading them from felonies to misdemeanors.” It would also “allow those currently serving time for such offenses to apply for a reduced sentence, as long as they have no prior convictions for more serious crimes like murder, attempted murder or sexual offenses.”
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