Douglas v. DHI Group, Inc. et al.

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

Case No. 18-cv-331732

A lawsuit alleges that DHI Group, Inc. and Dice Inc. (together, “Dice”) was a “consumer reporting agency” preparing “consumer reports” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when it gathered information from various online sources regarding job seekers and then compiled that information into candidate profiles or “Open Web profiles” for sale to potential employers and recruiters, and that Dice violated the FCRA in various ways by not treating the profiles as “consumer reports.”

Important Dates

May 27, 2019 - Exclusion Deadline.

June 24, 2019 - Claim Filing Deadline. Online claims must be submitted by this date. Mailed claims must be postmarked by this date.

July 19, 2019 - Objection Deadline.

August 2, 2019 - Fairness Hearing date.


This proposed settlement covers people about whom Dice created a candidate profile since July 26, 2012, and with whom a third party sought to communicate using Dice’s software, as well as those people who requested a copy of their candidate profile from Dice.

You could receive up to $500 if you file a claim. However, the final amount you will receive depends on the number of claims filed. Based on prior claims rates in other settlements, the parties anticipate that payouts will be between $50-$200.

A person about whom Dice maintained an Open Web profile brought this lawsuit as a class action on behalf of individuals who were the subject of candidate profiles, alleging that the handling of candidate profiles by Dice did not comply with the FCRA.

Dice denies that it is a “consumer reporting agency” under the FCRA and that candidate profiles are “consumer reports.” Dice maintains that it did not do anything wrong and that the FCRA does not apply to Dice or its activities.

The Court has preliminarily approved a class action settlement of these claims which includes an agreement for Dice to make certain changes to its business practices and the creation of a common fund of $1 million to be divided among class members who provide the Settlement Administrator with their current mailing address after Court-approved fees and expenses are deducted from the fund. If it becomes final, the Settlement will release Dice from any further liability for the legal claims raised in this lawsuit.

Your legal rights will be affected by this Settlement whether or not you take any action in response to it. Please read the Long Form Notice carefully.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

OPTION

RESULT

FILE A CLAIM FORM

YOU COULD RECEIVE UP TO $500 IF YOU FILE A CLAIM. HOWEVER, THE TOTAL AMOUNT YOU RECEIVE WILL DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF CLAIMS FILED AND COULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN $500. Based on prior claims rates in other settlements, the parties anticipate that payouts will be between $50-$200.

If you file a valid claim, you will receive a check mailed to the address you provide in connection with your claim. The check amount will be your pro rata share of the settlement fund after fees and expenses are deducted. The check amount will depend on the number of people in the class who file valid claims.

You will also benefit from the business practices changes to which Dice has agreed including: the revised Terms of Use that the potential employer and recruiter customers must abide, the ability for consumers to review their Open Web profiles, correct profiles, and request deletion of Open Web profiles. In exchange for this relief, you will give up all claims against Dice relating to its FCRA violations to date.

To be valid, Claims must be filed online or postmarked by June 24, 2019.

To submit a Claim online, click here.

DO NOTHING

You will benefit from the business practices changes to which Dice has agreed, including: the revised Terms of Use that the potential employer and recruiter customers must abide, the ability for consumers to review their Open Web profiles, correct profiles, and request deletion of Open Web profiles. You will give up all claims against Dice relating to its FCRA violations to date.

Click here for more information on doing nothing.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF

You will get no payment and will have no rights to enforce the business practice changes set forth in the settlement. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against Dice that involves the legal claims in this case.

Click here for more information on excluding yourself.

OBJECT OR GO TO A HEARING

Write about why you don’t like the Settlement or speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.

Click here for more information on objecting to the Settlement.

Click here for more information on speaking at the Hearing.


The Long Form Notice explains these rights and options and the deadlines to exercise them.

The Court still has to decide whether to grant final approval to this Settlement. If it does, payments will be made after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR WRITE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Contact the Settlement Administrator

MAIL:
Dice FCRA Settlement
c/o Settlement Administrator
1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210
Philadelphia, PA 19103

EMAIL: Info@DiceFCRASettlement.com

PHONE: 1-855-598-4037

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