What is this lawsuit about?
The Named Plaintiff alleged that Quick Search violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by furnishing background reports without following reasonable procedures to ensure that the information in the reports was accurate. Class Members are people who were either identified as having a Pennsylvania Summary Offense labeled as a misdemeanor or a more severe offense in their report, and/or people who had the same offense reported in more than one section of a Quick Search report. As part of the settlement, Quick Search has agreed to pay Settlement Class Members money.
Quick Search has denied all claims in the lawsuit, has disputed that it has any liability, and contends that it acted lawfully and in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act at all times.
Quick Search and the Named Plaintiff (the “Parties”) are settling the litigation to avoid the burden, risk, expense, and uncertainty of further litigation.
Although the Court has authorized notice to be given of the proposed settlement, the Notice does not express the opinion of the Court on the merits of the claims or defenses asserted by either side in the litigation. No court has found Quick Search to have violated the law in any way. No court has found that the Named Plaintiff could recover any certain amount in this litigation.
A more detailed description of this lawsuit and important court documents may be found on the Important Documents page of this website.
Who is included?
You may be a Settlement Class Member if Quick Search prepared a background report on you at any time between November 3, 2013 to March 7, 2017 and either the report labeled a Pennsylvania summary offense as a misdemeanor or a more severe offense, and/or reported the same criminal incident more than once in the report.
How do I participate in the Settlement?
In order to qualify and receive benefits, Multiple Entries class members were required to file a Claim Form through the Settlement Website or submit via mail or email by April 17, 2018. The deadline to submit a Claim Form has passed.
Summary Offense Class Members do not need to do anything to receive benefits. Your interest as a member of the Settlement Class will be represented by Plaintiffs and Counsel for the Settlement Class. You will be bound by any judgment arising from the Settlement.
If an individual is a member of both the Summary Offense Settlement Class and the Multiple Entries Settlement Class, and he or she returned a timely valid Claim Form, he or she will receive both Classes’ payment amounts; if no Claim Form was returned, then he or she will only receive the Summary Offense Settlement Class payment amount.
If the Settlement is approved, and you timely returned the Claim Form (for Multiple Entries Class Members and Class Members belonging to both Classes), the Settlement Administrator will send you any monies that you are entitled to under the Settlement. If you change your name or mailing address before you receive your payment, please go to the Contact Us page and update your information to ensure that you receive your payment.