Man Wins 3.6 Million After Background Check Goofs

A $3.6 million verdict was won by a Florida man who was falsely identified twice by First Advantage Background Services as a man with the same birthdate, similar name and a violent criminal history. Richard Williams argued that when the company misidentified him as Ricky Williams, it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act, causing him to lose wages, suffer punitive damages and receive two denial notices for job positions. The company, then operating as LexisNexis Screening Solutions, argued that its procedures result in accurate reports 99.61 percent of the time.

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