Plaintiff Harry S. Noriesta, on behalf of himself and on behalf of other allegedly similarly situated persons, claims that KMBS violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681, et seq., the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act, Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1785 et seq., and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1786 et seq. in connection with KMBS’s procurement and use of consumer reports for employment purposes.
After the exchange of relevant information and evidence, the Parties agreed to enter into settlement negotiations in an attempt to informally resolve the claims in the case. On January 22, 2020, the Parties participated in a mediation with an experienced and well-respected mediator with special expertise in FCRA class actions. At the mediation, the Parties were able to negotiate a complete settlement of Plaintiff’s claims.
Counsel for Plaintiff, and the attorneys approved by the Court to represent the class, Douglas Han, Daniel J. Park and Shunt Tatavos-Gharajeh of the Justice Law Corporation (“Class Counsel”), has investigated and researched the facts and circumstances underlying the issues raised in the case and the applicable law. While Class Counsel believes that the claims alleged in this lawsuit have merit, Class Counsel also recognizes that the risk and expense of continued litigation justify settlement. Based on the foregoing, Class Counsel believes the proposed settlement is fair, adequate, reasonable, and in the best interests of Class Members.
KMBS denies that it violated the law in any way. It has denied, and continues to deny, the factual and legal allegations in the case and believes that it has valid and meritorious defenses to Plaintiff’s claims. By agreeing to settle, KMBS is not admitting liability on any of the allegations or claims in the case or that the case can or should proceed as a class action. KMBS has agreed to settle the case as part of a compromise with Plaintiff.