Dougherty v. Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Dougherty Settlement
Case No. 17-2-05619-1

Welcome to the Dougherty v. Barrett Business Services, Inc. Settlement Website

Attention: All persons on whom Barrett Business Services, Inc. obtained a consumer report for employment purposes using a disclosure form containing a liability release or an overbroad authorization from August 26, 2013 to January 15, 2019. You may be included in the proposed Settlement.

What is this lawsuit about?

Plaintiff alleges that BBSI violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when it obtained background reports on job applicants by using a disclosure form that allegedly was not a stand-alone form as required by the FCRA. Plaintiff alleges that the use of allegedly non-compliant disclosure forms (the “Challenged Disclosure Forms”) caused her harm and violated the law.

BBSI disputes the Plaintiff’s claim and denies all liability to Plaintiff and the Class, and has raised a number of defenses to the claims asserted.  In particular, BBSI maintains that the Challenged Disclosure Forms fully complied with the FCRA and did not harm anyone.

The Parties are settling the Litigation to avoid further risk and expense. No court has found BBSI to have violated the law in any way. 

Who is included?

You are part of the Settlement if you applied for a job and your job application was processed by BBSI and BBSI conducted a background check about you using one of the Challenged Disclosure Forms at any time from August 26, 2013 to January 15, 2019. Plaintiff alleges that BBSI, to obtain background reports on job applicants, used disclosure forms that were not stand-alone forms (as the FCRA requires), but that instead contained additional information not permitted by law.

If you have received the Postcard Notice, the records of BBSI and the vendors it hired to produce background reports indicate you are a member of the Settlement Class. If you are not certain as to whether you are a Class Member, you may contact the Settlement Administrator to find out. The Administrator can be reached at 1-844-546-2897. The question of class membership will be determined based on the records of BBSI and the vendors it hired to produce background reports.

Your Legal Rights and Options

Option and Deadline
Submit a Claim Form

September 17, 2019
If you want a payment, you need to return a Claim Form. You should have received a Claim Form in the mail. You may also complete a Claim Form online.
Exclude Yourself

September 17, 2019
This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against BBSI about the matters being resolved in this Settlement. But by excluding yourself, you will not receive payment in this Settlement.

September 17, 2019
Ask for an opportunity to tell the Court why you object to the Settlement.
Attend the Final Approval Hearing

November 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. PST
The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on November 8, 2019 to decide whether to approve the Settlement.
Do Nothing If you don’t return the Claim Form, you will receive no monetary recovery and will lose your right to sue Barrett Business Services, Inc. over related matters in the future.

For More Information

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Dougherty v. Barrett Business Services, Inc.
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91221
Seattle, WA 98111-9321