Law Prof Tells 4th Circ. $13.5M Lexis Deal Rewrites FCRA

Law360, New York (December 17, 2014, 4:15 PM EST) -- A University of Maryland law professor urged the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday to undo a $13.5 million settlement in a class action alleging LexisNexis Risk and Information Analytics Group Inc. sold reports to debt collectors without following consumer protection laws, arguing that the settlement would effectively rewrite the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Professor James Grimmelmann of the Francis King Carey School of Law filed an amicus brief with the appeals court in his individual capacity. Grimmelmann has studied and written about prospective release in class action settlements, according to his brief.

A group of objectors had appealed approval of the settlement, arguing...

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