Case: Keels v. The GEO Group, Inc.

1:15-cv-06261 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Filed Date: Oct. 30, 2015

Closed Date: 2018

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Case Summary

On October 30, 2015, the plaintiff, a job applicant with a criminal record, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Represented by Outten & Golden LLP, the complaint named two defendants--a company specializing in privatized corrections and the consumer reporting agency that supplied consumer reports to the company, under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1681. The plaintiff alleged that the company routinely rej…

On October 30, 2015, the plaintiff, a job applicant with a criminal record, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Represented by Outten & Golden LLP, the complaint named two defendants--a company specializing in privatized corrections and the consumer reporting agency that supplied consumer reports to the company, under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1681. The plaintiff alleged that the company routinely rejected job applicants based on information contained in background check reports in violation of the FCRA. Specifically, the company had taken adverse action against the plaintiff based on information in his consumer report, but prior to their decision and thus in violation of the FCRA, the defendants did not provide the plaintiff with a copy of the report and a description of the plaintiff's rights under the FCRA.

On December 17, 2015, the plaintiffs amended their complaint to include an additional plaintiff. In early March of 2016, the parties began settlement discussions.

On May 19, 2016, the defendant consumer reporting agency filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. On July 14, 2016, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims against the consumer reporting agency.

On October 5, 2016, plaintiffs motioned for preliminary approval of class action settlement, conditional certification of the settlement class, and approval of plaintiffs' proposed notice of settlement. On September 30, 2017, the Court (Judge Carol Bagley Amon) approved the settlement.

The class was certified, for settlement purposes only, as: "All persons for whom GEO obtained a Consumer Report, from October 30, 2010 through the date of entry of this Order, as part of the GEO hiring or employee retention process, and at some point later in time either were not hired or were terminated, and by virtue of being provided with notice, have the opportunity to potentially become a member of the proposed class."

In exchange for class members releasing any and all claims related to this litigation, the defendants agreed to establish a settlement amount of $900,000.00 to cover payment to class members, plaintiffs' counsel's attorneys' fees and costs, settlement administrator's fees and costs, and service awards.

Class members were able to claim $100.00 if they had a consumer report that was completed and returned to the defendant on or between October 30, 2010 through October 29, 2013, or $200.00 if they had a consumer a consumer report completed and returned do the defendant on October 30, 2013 through the date of the final order. $300,000.00 of the settlement was allotted for Plaintiffs' attorney's fees and costs. Named plaintiffs were allowed to apply for a service awards up to $5000.00.

Defendants also agreed to revise their policies and implement a background check policy to ensure FCRA compliance. The defendant agreed to affirmative obligations of: (1) consolidating background check vendors; (2) contracting with vendors to assume the administration process for sending adverse action notices and engaging in periodic compliance audits; (3) performing FCRA training for HR employees; (4) transferring the responsibility of initiating the adverse action notice process to the regional or corporate level; (5) standardizing FCRA-related forms; (6) making copies of periodic background check reports available to employees upon request and inform employees of this right; and (7) conducting periodic audits of this process.

On February 6, 2018, the parties' motions for settlement were referred to Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold. On February 23, 2018, Judge Gold approved the parties' motion for settlement. The settlement agreement required GEO to pay the maximum settlement amount of $900,000 to cover payment to class members and court-approved costs and fees, including plaintiffs' counsel's attorneys' fees and costs. Under the agreement, GEO was also required to make significant changes to its policies and business practices, such as implementing a formal background check policy to codify the procedures it uses to ensure FCRA compliance. The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Cade Boland (11/16/2017)

Lisa Limb (3/22/2019)

People

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Judge(s)

Amon, Carol Bagley (New York)

Gold, Steven M. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Klein, Adam T. (New York)

McNerney, Christopher M. (New York)

Miazad, Ossai (New York)

Steel, Lewis M (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Devata, Pamela Q. (Illinois)

Farber, Evan K. (New York)

McClure, Shannon Elise (Pennsylvania)

O'Neil, Michael (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Amon, Carol Bagley (New York)

Gold, Steven M. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Klein, Adam T. (New York)

McNerney, Christopher M. (New York)

Miazad, Ossai (New York)

Steel, Lewis M (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Devata, Pamela Q. (Illinois)

Farber, Evan K. (New York)

McClure, Shannon Elise (Pennsylvania)

O'Neil, Michael (Illinois)

Rollins, Anne E. (Pennsylvania)

Short, Carolyn P. (Pennsylvania)

Szyba, Robert Tadeusz (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

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Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/13439505/keels-v-the-geo-group-inc/

Last updated July 29, 2022, 3 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against All Defendants filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0207-8137471 Was the Disclosure Statement on Civil Cover Sheet completed -NO,, filed by Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Proposed Summons, # 3 Proposed Summons) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 10/30/2015)

Oct. 30, 2015

Oct. 30, 2015

Clearinghouse

Case assigned to Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon and Chief Mag. Judge Steven M. Gold. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned Judges, located on our website. Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. (Bowens, Priscilla)

Oct. 30, 2015

Oct. 30, 2015

PACER
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Summons Issued as to All Defendants. (Attachments: # 1 Accurate summons) (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 11/02/2015)

Oct. 30, 2015

Oct. 30, 2015

PACER
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In accordance with Rule 73 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule 73.1, the parties are notified that if all parties consent a United States magistrate judge of this court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action including a (jury or nonjury) trial and to order the entry of a final judgment. Attached to the Notice is a blank copy of the consent form that should be filled out, signed and filed electronically only if all parties wish to consent. The form may also be accessed at the following link:http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/FormsAndFees/Forms/AO085.pdf. You may withhold your consent without adverse substantive consequences. Do NOT return or file the consent unless all parties have signed the consent. (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 11/02/2015)

Nov. 2, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

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This attorney case opening filing has been checked for quality control. See the attachment for corrections that were made, if any. (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 11/02/2015)

Nov. 2, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

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NOTICE of Appearance by Christopher McNerney on behalf of Eric Keels (aty to be noticed) (McNerney, Christopher) (Entered: 11/03/2015)

Nov. 3, 2015

Nov. 3, 2015

PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Eric Keels. The GEO Group, Inc. served on 11/4/2015, answer due 11/25/2015. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 11/06/2015)

Nov. 6, 2015

Nov. 6, 2015

PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Eric Keels. Accurate Background, Inc. served on 11/3/2015, answer due 11/24/2015. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 11/16/2015)

Nov. 16, 2015

Nov. 16, 2015

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Evan K. Farber on behalf of The GEO Group, Inc. (aty to be noticed) (Farber, Evan) (Entered: 11/23/2015)

Nov. 23, 2015

Nov. 23, 2015

PACER
9

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, By Stipulation by The GEO Group, Inc.. (Farber, Evan) (Entered: 11/23/2015)

Nov. 23, 2015

Nov. 23, 2015

PACER

ORDER granting 9 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer The GEO Group, Inc. answer due 12/18/2015. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 11/24/2015. (Vasquez, Lea)

Nov. 24, 2015

Nov. 24, 2015

PACER
10

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Michael O'Neil Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 0207-8202543. by The GEO Group, Inc.. (O'Neil, Michael) (Entered: 11/30/2015)

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

PACER
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Notice of MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 0207-8202566. by The GEO Group, Inc.. (Short, Carolyn) (Entered: 11/30/2015)

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

PACER
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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for The Geo Group with Certificate of Service Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 0207-8203215. by The GEO Group, Inc.. (McClure, Shannon) (Entered: 11/30/2015)

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

PACER
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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Anne E. Rollins for The Geo Group with Certificate of Service Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 0207-8203527. by The GEO Group, Inc.. (Rollins, Anne) (Entered: 11/30/2015)

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

PACER

ORDER granting 10 Motion for Leave for Michael O'Neil; granting 11 Motion for Leave for Carolyn P. Short; granting 12 Motion for Leave for Shannon E. McClure; and, granting 13 Motion for Leave for Anne E. Rollins to Appear Pro Hac Vice for The Geo Group. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 12/1/2015. (Vasquez, Lea)

Dec. 1, 2015

Dec. 1, 2015

PACER
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MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, to be extended through and including December 18, 2015 by Stipulation by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 12/04/2015)

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

PACER

ORDER granting 14 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Accurate Background, Inc. answer due 12/18/2015. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 12/7/2015. (Vasquez, Lea)

Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

PACER
15

SCHEDULING ORDER: An in-person initial conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 20, 2016 before the undersigned in Courtroom 13-D South. Counsel are directed to refer to and comply with the attached Order. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 12/7/2015. (Attachments: # 1 Chambers Individual Rules) (Vasquez, Lea) Modified on 12/7/2015 to correct date of conference to January 20th.(Vasquez, Lea). (Entered: 12/07/2015)

Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

PACER
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AMENDED COMPLAINT against Accurate Background, Inc., The GEO Group, Inc., filed by Eric Keels, Sandra Inman. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 12/17/2015)

Dec. 17, 2015

Dec. 17, 2015

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NOTICE of Appearance by Adam T. Klein on behalf of Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (aty to be noticed) (Klein, Adam) (Entered: 12/18/2015)

Dec. 18, 2015

Dec. 18, 2015

PACER
18

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 16 Amended Complaint By Stipulation by The GEO Group, Inc.. (Farber, Evan) (Entered: 12/23/2015)

Dec. 23, 2015

Dec. 23, 2015

PACER

ORDER granting 18 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer The GEO Group, Inc. answer due 1/15/2016. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 12/27/2015. (Vasquez, Lea)

Dec. 27, 2015

Dec. 27, 2015

PACER
19

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, to be extended through and including January 15, 2015 by Stipulation by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 12/29/2015)

Dec. 29, 2015

Dec. 29, 2015

PACER

ORDER granting 19 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Accurate Background, Inc. answer due 1/15/2016. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 12/30/2015. (Vasquez, Lea)

Dec. 30, 2015

Dec. 30, 2015

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Lewis M. Steel on behalf of Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (aty to be noticed) (Steel, Lewis) (Entered: 01/08/2016)

Jan. 8, 2016

Jan. 8, 2016

PACER
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MOTION to Adjourn Conference Unopposed Motion for Adjournment of Rule 16 Initial Scheduling Conference by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Scheduling Order, # 2 Certificate of Service) (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 01/15/2016)

Jan. 15, 2016

Jan. 15, 2016

PACER
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Letter MOTION for pre motion conference Request a pre motion conference before filing a motion to dismiss by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 01/15/2016)

Jan. 15, 2016

Jan. 15, 2016

PACER
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Letter Setting Forth The Basis For Its Anticipated Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint by The GEO Group, Inc. (Short, Carolyn) (Entered: 01/15/2016)

Jan. 15, 2016

Jan. 15, 2016

PACER

ORDER granting 21 Motion to Adjourn Conference: The conference scheduled for January 20th will instead be held at 2:00 p.m. on March 2, 2016. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 1/19/2016. (Vasquez, Lea)

Jan. 19, 2016

Jan. 19, 2016

PACER

SCHEDULING ORDER re: 22 Motion for pre-motion conference. APPLICATION GRANTED. A pre-motion conference on both defendants' anticipated motions to dismiss will be held on February 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 10D South before Chief Judge Amon. SO ORDERED by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on January 22, 2016. (Sinha, Alex)

Jan. 22, 2016

Jan. 22, 2016

PACER
24

RESPONSE in Opposition re 22 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference Request a pre motion conference before filing a motion to dismiss filed by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 01/22/2016)

Jan. 22, 2016

Jan. 22, 2016

PACER
25

Letter Response in Opposition to the Anticipated Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint by The GEO Group, Inc. by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 01/22/2016)

Jan. 22, 2016

Jan. 22, 2016

PACER
26

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice For Pamela Q. Devata Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 0207-8328321. by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Devata, Pamela) (Entered: 01/26/2016)

Jan. 26, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016

PACER

ORDER granting 26 Motion for Leave for Pamela Devata to Appear Pro Hac Vice for defendant Accurate Background, Inc. So Ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 1/26/2016. (Vasquez, Lea)

Jan. 26, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016

PACER
27

Letter MOTION to Adjourn Conference respectfully request that the pre-motion conference presently scheduled for Feb. 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm be rescheduled by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Devata, Pamela) (Entered: 01/26/2016)

Jan. 26, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016

PACER

ORDER re: 27 Motion to Adjourn Conference, on consent. APPLICATION GRANTED. The pre-motion conference presently scheduled for February 12, 2016, is hereby rescheduled for 3 p.m. on February 26, 2016, in Courtroom 10D South before Chief Judge Amon. SO ORDERED by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on January 28, 2016. (Sinha, Alex)

Jan. 28, 2016

Jan. 28, 2016

PACER

Minute Entry for pre-motion conference held before Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on February 26, 2016: Appearances: for plaintiffs, Christopher McNerney and Ossai Miazad; for defendant GEO Group, Michael O'Neil and Carolyn Short; for defendant Accurate, Pamela Devata and Rob Szyba. As stated on the record, the schedule for both defendants' motions to dismiss is as follows: Defendants' moving papers are due March 28, 2016; plaintiffs' opposition is due April 25, 2016; and defendants' reply is due May 2, 2016. Oral argument is scheduled for 2 p.m. on May 23, 2016, in Courtroom 10D South before Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon. (Court Reporter Lisa Schmid.) (Sinha, Alex)

Feb. 26, 2016

Feb. 26, 2016

PACER
28

Joint MOTION to Adjourn Conference Rule 16 Initial Scheduling Conference by Accurate Background, Inc., The GEO Group, Inc.. (McClure, Shannon) Modified on 2/29/2016 (Vasquez, Lea). (Entered: 02/29/2016)

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

PACER

ORDER granting 28 Motion to Adjourn Conference: The March 2nd conference is adjourned without date. Counsel shall immediately request that the conference be restored to the Court's calendar should the case survive the anticipated motion to dismiss. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 2/29/2016. (Vasquez, Lea)

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

PACER
29

Letter Setting Forth the Basis for Anticipated Motion to Stay by The GEO Group, Inc. (McClure, Shannon) (Entered: 02/29/2016)

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

PACER
30

First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 29 Letter GEO's Anticipated Motion to Stay by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 03/02/2016)

March 2, 2016

March 2, 2016

PACER

ORDER re: 30 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply, on consent. APPLICATION GRANTED. Plaintiff's time to respond to defendant GEO Group's pre-motion letter, Docket Number 29, is extended until seven days from the date on which the parties notify the Court that progress has stalled on reaching a settlement. SO ORDERED by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on March 3, 2016. (Sinha, Alex)

March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016

PACER
31

Letter confirming service of Motion to Dismiss and supporting documents upon Plaintiffs' counsel by Accurate Background, Inc. (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 03/28/2016)

March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016

PACER
32

Letter to Hon. Carol Bagley Amon by The GEO Group, Inc. (Short, Carolyn) (Entered: 03/29/2016)

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

PACER

ORDER re: 32 Motion to Adjourn Briefing Schedule, on consent. APPLICATION GRANTED. Defendants' briefing in support of the motion to dismiss will be due seven days from the date on which the parties notify the Court that progress has stalled on reaching a settlement. Upon receiving such notice from the parties, the Court will set further dates in the briefing schedule as necessary. SO ORDERED by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on April 11, 2016. (Sinha, Alex)

April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

PACER
33

Letter MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 31 Letter Defendant Accurate's Motion to Dismiss by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 04/20/2016)

April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016

PACER

ORDER re: 33 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply, on consent. APPLICATION GRANTED. Plaintiffs' opposition to defendant Accurate's motion to dismiss is due May 12, 2016, and defendant Accurate's reply is due May 19, 2016. As a result of impending mediation, the briefing schedule for Defendant GEO Group's motion to dismiss remains suspended per earlier Orders of this Court. Oral argument on both defendants' motions to dismiss is hereby rescheduled for 3 p.m. on July 19, 2016, in Courtroom 10D South before Chief Judge Amon. SO ORDERED by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on April 21, 2016. (Sinha, Alex)

April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016

PACER
34

Letter confirming service of Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendant Accurate Background, Inc.'s Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint upon Defendant Accurate Background, Inc.'s counsel by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 05/12/2016)

May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

PACER
35

Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support Defendant Accurate Background, LLC's Memorandum of Law in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint, # 2 Declaration Of Robert T. Szyba in Support of Motion to Dismiss, # 3 Exhibit A to Szyba Declaration, # 4 Exhibit B to Szyba Declaration, # 5 Exhibit C to Szyba Declaration) (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 05/19/2016)

May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

PACER
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REPLY in Support re 35 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint Reply Memorandum of Law in Further Support of its Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint filed by Accurate Background, Inc.. (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 05/19/2016)

May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 35 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint filed by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 05/19/2016)

May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

PACER
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Letter as per Judge Amon's Individual Rule 3D(2) this is to confirm that courtesy copy of the fully briefed Motion to Dismiss papers have been sent to your Honor's attention by Accurate Background, Inc. (Szyba, Robert) (Entered: 05/23/2016)

May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

PACER
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STIPULATION of Dismissal of Plaintiffs' Claims Against Accurate Background, Inc. by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 07/14/2016)

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

PACER

SCHEDULING ORDER: In light of 39 Stipulation of Dismissal, the oral argument scheduled for July 19, 2016 at 3:00pm is adjourned.

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

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Joint MOTION to Adjourn Conference / Oral Argument by The GEO Group, Inc.. (Farber, Evan) (Entered: 07/15/2016)

July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

PACER
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Endorsed Order Dismissing Defendant Accurate Background, Inc. re 39 Stipulation of Dismissal. Ordered by Judge Carol Bagley Amon on 7/19/2016. (Barrett, C) (Entered: 07/20/2016)

July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016

PACER
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Letter regarding status of parties' settlement negotiations by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 08/15/2016)

Aug. 15, 2016

Aug. 15, 2016

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NOTICE of Change of Address by Adam Todd Klein (Klein, Adam) (Entered: 08/30/2016)

Aug. 30, 2016

Aug. 30, 2016

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NOTICE of Change of Address by Christopher McNerney (McNerney, Christopher) (Entered: 08/30/2016)

Aug. 30, 2016

Aug. 30, 2016

PACER
45

NOTICE of Change of Address by Lewis M. Steel (Steel, Lewis) (Entered: 08/30/2016)

Aug. 30, 2016

Aug. 30, 2016

PACER
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NOTICE of Change of Address by Ossai Miazad (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 08/30/2016)

Aug. 30, 2016

Aug. 30, 2016

PACER
47

Letter MOTION for pre motion conference regarding Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 09/15/2016)

Sept. 15, 2016

Sept. 15, 2016

PACER

ORDER denying 47 Motion for Pre Motion Conference. No pre-motion conference will be held. The parties are directed to file a motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement by October 5, 2016. Ordered by Judge Carol Bagley Amon on 9/30/2016. (Hart, Grace)

Sept. 30, 2016

Sept. 30, 2016

PACER
48

MOTION for Settlement for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, and Approval of Plaintiffs' Proposed Notice of Settlement by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 10/05/2016)

Oct. 5, 2016

Oct. 5, 2016

PACER
49

MEMORANDUM in Support re 48 MOTION for Settlement for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, and Approval of Plaintiffs' Proposed Notice of Settlement< filed by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 10/05/2016)

Oct. 5, 2016

Oct. 5, 2016

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AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION in Support re 48 MOTION for Settlement for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, and Approval of Plaintiffs' Proposed Notice of Settlement< filed by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 10/05/2016)

Oct. 5, 2016

Oct. 5, 2016

PACER
51

Letter regarding courtesy copies of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, and Approval of Plaintiff's Proposed Notice of Settlement by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 10/06/2016)

Oct. 6, 2016

Oct. 6, 2016

PACER
52

MEMORANDUM in Support re 48 MOTION for Settlement for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, and Approval of Plaintiffs' Proposed Notice of Settlement< Notice of Supplemental Authority filed by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 04/26/2017)

April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017

PACER
53

ORDER re 48 52 Motion for Settlement: The Court having reviewed and considered the parties' joint motion for conditional class certification, appointment of class counsel, and appointment of class representatives, and the memorandum of law in support thereof, and having reviewed and considered the terms and conditions of the Settlement Agreement, and on the basis of such submissions and all prior proceedings had in this action: 1. The Court finds that all the requirements of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are satisfied for settlement purposes. 2. The Court conditionally certifies the class described in the Order under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(e) for settlement purposes only. 3. Appoints named plaintiffs as class representatives. (See attachment for full Order details). Ordered by Judge Carol Bagley Amon on 09/30/2017. (Fernandez, Erica) (Entered: 10/02/2017)

Sept. 30, 2017

Sept. 30, 2017

PACER
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MOTION for Settlement by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion for Certification of the Settlement Class and Final Approval of Class Action Settlement) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

Jan. 23, 2018

Jan. 23, 2018

PACER
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MOTION for Settlement /Motion for Approval of Service Awards by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Approval of Service Awards) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

Jan. 23, 2018

Jan. 23, 2018

PACER
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MOTION for Attorney Fees /Motion for Approval of Attorneys' Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Approval of Attorneys' Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

Jan. 23, 2018

Jan. 23, 2018

PACER
57

AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION in Support re 56 MOTION for Attorney Fees /Motion for Approval of Attorneys' Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses, 55 MOTION for Settlement /Motion for Approval of Service Awards, 54 MOTION for Settlement filed by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H) (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

Jan. 23, 2018

Jan. 23, 2018

PACER

ORDER REFERRING MOTIONS: [54-56]: The parties' motion for final approval of the settlement, approval of attorney fees and service awards are referred to Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold. The hearing on those motions before Judge Amon is adjourned without date as that hearing will be held before Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold. Ordered by Judge Carol Bagley Amon on 2/6/2018. (Auld, Sammuel)

Feb. 6, 2018

Feb. 6, 2018

PACER

SCHEDULING ORDER: A telephone conference will be held at 2:30 on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 before the undersigned. Counsel for plaintiff is arranged to arrange the call, and when all parties are on the line dial chambers at (718) 613-2560. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 2/6/2018. (Recca, Vincent)

Feb. 6, 2018

Feb. 6, 2018

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Minute Entry: Telephone Conference held on 2/7/2018 before Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold. Miazad for plaintiffs, McClure for defendants. Fairness hearing will proceed as previously scheduled at 2:00 pm on February 23, 2018. The hearing will be held before United States Magistrate Judge Steven Gold in Courtroom 13D. (Gillespie, Saudia) (Entered: 02/07/2018)

Feb. 7, 2018

Feb. 7, 2018

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CONSENT to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels. (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 02/16/2018)

Feb. 16, 2018

Feb. 16, 2018

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Case no longer referred to Chief Mag. Judge Steven M. Gold. (Fernandez, Erica)

Feb. 21, 2018

Feb. 21, 2018

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CONSENT to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge Case reassigned to Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold for all further proceedings. Judge Carol Bagley Amon no longer assigned to case Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned Judges, located on our website. Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. (Fernandez, Erica) (Entered: 02/21/2018)

Feb. 21, 2018

Feb. 21, 2018

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DECLARATION re 57 Affidavit in Support of Motion, 54 MOTION for Settlement by Zachary Cooley Re: Notice Procedures by Sandra Inman, Eric Keels (Miazad, Ossai) (Entered: 02/22/2018)

Feb. 22, 2018

Feb. 22, 2018

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ORDER granting 54 Motion for Settlement; granting 55 Motion for Settlement; granting 56 Motion for Attorney Fees for the reasons stated on the record. The proposed Order filed as Docket Entry 57-8 is hereby approved and entered as an Order of the Court, which will retain jurisdiction to oversee any remaining aspects of its implementation. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold on 2/23/2018. (Gold, Steven)

Feb. 23, 2018

Feb. 23, 2018

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Minute Entry: Fairness hearing held on 2/23/2018 before Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold. Miazad and Goldman for plaintiffs, Rollins and McCabe for defendants. Fairness hearing held. Motions for final approval of the class action settlement, for service awards, and for attorneys' fees and expenses granted for reasons stated on the record. (FTR Log #2:06-2:34.) (Gillespie, Saudia) (Entered: 02/23/2018)

Feb. 23, 2018

Feb. 23, 2018

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Civil Case Terminated. (Gillespie, Saudia)

Feb. 23, 2018

Feb. 23, 2018

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TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings held on February 23, 2018, before Judge Gold. Court Transcriber: Fiore Reporting and Transcription Service, Telephone number 203-929-9992. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER.File redaction request using event "Redaction Request - Transcript" located under "Other Filings - Other Documents". Redaction Request due 4/30/2018. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 5/10/2018. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 7/9/2018. (Rocco, Christine) (Entered: 04/09/2018)

April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

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Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 30, 2015

Closing Date: 2018

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All persons for whom GEO obtained a Consumer Report, from October 30, 2010 through the date of entry of this Order, as part of the GEO hiring or employee retention process, and at some point later in time either were not hired or were terminated, and by virtue of being provided with notice, have the opportunity to potentially become a member of the proposed class.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Outten & Golden

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

The Geo Group, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Accurate Background, LLC, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 900000

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Training

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Records Disclosure

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Hiring