Friday, July 23, 2010

National Notary Association and Signix Settle Class Action Lawsuit

This week, some of us received a notice regarding a settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the National Notary Association and Signix, Inc. The lawsuit relates to background checks performed from May 22, 2007 to April 22, 2009. The lawsuit alleges that the NNA and Signix (who performed the background checks on behalf of the NNA) violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by obtaining the reports without providing members with a clear disclosure in writing that a consumer report may be obtained for employment purposes and without obtaining proper written authorization. The suit also alleges that the NNA and Signix took unlawful adverse action against some consumers based on reports from October 6, 2006 to April 22, 2009 without providing consumers with a copy of their report and a description in writing of their FCRA rights and without notifying these consumers that the reporting agency did not make the decision to take the adverse action and was unable to provide the consumers with the reasons why the action was taken.

For those in the first category, you will receive a $52 credit for NNA membership or NNA goods and services. For the second group, you will received a cash payment of $250.

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