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Lawsuits against employers allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting employee background checks have been continuously increasing. One of the factors behind this significant shift includes the highly technical FCRA requirements that are oftentimes prone to violations.

With this and other prevailing risks, it becomes more crucial for employers and their counsel to be proactive in revisiting and updating their current FCRA compliance programs. Furthermore, being in the know of the latest FCRA regulatory trends and updates is essential in minimizing further legal risk issues. Structuring effective defense strategies for litigation readiness must also be prioritized.

In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth discussion of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation trends. Speakers will present crucial considerations as well as effective litigation strategies in bringing out the best in this type of lawsuit.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – A Legal Primer
  • Recent FCRA Regulatory and Litigation Trends and Developments
  • Common Legal Risks and Issues
  • Best Litigation Tips and Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast



General knowledge of litigation


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Area of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Patrick S. Tracey, Partner
Bowditch & Dewey

An experienced litigator, Patrick Tracey focuses his practice representing and counseling clients in connection with class actions, regulatory investigations, financial fraud and consumer finance matters for financial institutions. He represents institutions in a variety of mortgage-related litigation, including claims and defenses under the federal Truth-in-Lending Act (“TILA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and state consumer protection statutes. He manages large cases and directs litigation strategy to reduce exposure for institutions with a cost-effective approach to avoid risk, safeguard data and protect reputation. Patrick also advises clients involving investigations and enforcement actions by government and regulatory agencies.

Joseph Apatov, Member
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Joseph “Joe” Apatov is a Member in McGlinchey’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Joe litigates on behalf of financial services clients in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, automobile finance companies, and private-label card issuers. He has worked extensively with several major consumer protection statutes, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), as well as related state laws. A substantial portion of Joe’s practice involves consumer class action litigation.

Robert J. Im, Associate
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Robert Im’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. His client base includes businesses and financial institutions such as national and state banks, consumer finance companies, mortgage loan servicers and issuers, and other providers of consumer financial services. Robert’s primary focus is defending entities and businesses in lawsuits brought by consumers in state and federal courts.

He also handles matters involving fraud, wrongful foreclosure, negligence, and breach of contract. Robert assists clients with contested foreclosures, real estate and title issues, and claims of federal and state regulatory violations. He represents banks and financial institutions in disputes involving state and federal consumer protection, and lending laws, and has experience defending claims arising under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.


Patrick S. Tracey, Partner

Bowditch & Dewey


Joseph Apatov, Member

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC


Robert J. Im, Associate

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Date & Time:

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

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Who Should Attend:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Third-Party Debt Collectors
  • Finance Lawyers
  • Financial Reporting Officers
  • Creditors
  • Finance Executives
  • In-house Counsel
  • Criminal and Civil Litigators


Patrick S. TraceyPartner
Bowditch & Dewey
Joseph ApatovMember
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Robert J. ImAssociate
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC




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