Screening News Network Update – March 2, 2015
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Class Action Lawsuits for Pizza Hut and Michael's Alleging FCRA Violations
Pizza Hut and Michael’s are on the receiving end of the latest class action lawsuits alleging violations of the FCRA. Both are being accused of violating the “clear and conspicuous disclosure” requirement. The plaintiff in the Pizza Hut case says a store in the Bronx inserted a release of liability about a background check into the disclosure form instead of having the disclosure stand alone. The Michael’s case originates in Texas. The lead plaintiff there says there was so much extra information in the online forms that she was not clearly notified that the company was going to check her credit report.
New Rules For Ride-Sharing Companies
Lawmakers in Indiana are moving forward with three proposed bills that would require ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to jump through the same hoops it demands of taxi drivers. The bills would make local and national criminal background checks mandatory, as well as sexual abuse registry searches… all of which Uber and Lyft already say they do. It would also require the ride-share companies to get an annual state permit to operate. Taxi drivers must have a yearly criminal background check and pay $5,000 to renew their licenses. Supporters of the bills say requiring the same of the ride-sharing companies will level the playing field a bit.
Medical Marijuana Problems In Louisiana
Back in 1991, the Louisiana state legislature legalized marijuana for medical use—but the law doesn’t allow for the legal dispensing of the drug. So, doctors can prescribe it, patients can legally use it, but there is no way for them to get a hold of the drug! Polls show that 80-percent of Louisiana citizens support some sort of legalization. A representative from Baton Rouge pre-filed a bill that would allow marijuana to be dispensed for medical purposes. A similar bill failed last year after being opposed by the Sheriffs Association and the state Attorney General. The drug might become available regardless of the legislative outcome because the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will not prevent Native American tribes from growing marijuana on their land. Louisiana is home to at least four federally recognized tribes.