Atty Found Not Liable For Background Check Run For Client

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 7:16 PM EST) -- An attorney who conducted an employee background check on behalf of a federal contracting company cannot be held liable for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, a D.C. federal court ruled last week, finding that the lawyer was acting as a protected agent of his client.

In dismissing claims brought by former DHA Group, Inc. employee Gennaro Mattiaccio against attorney Nelson Blitz for conducting a background check on him, the court wrote in a Feb. 26 opinion that attorney-client privilege and fiduciary duty shielded Blitz from being...
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