E*Trade Class Action Defense Case-Murray v. E*Trade: Illinois Federal Court Rejects Defense Objections To Motion For Certification Of Class Action Alleging Violations Of Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Rule 23 Requirements Met in Class Action Alleging FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) Violations Against E*Trade Illinois Federal Court Holds
Plaintiff filed a class action against E*Trade alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) arising out of a solicitation mailer he received stating that he was pre-approved for a home equity loan and stating that "[i]nformation from a consumer credit report was used in connection with this offer." Murray v. E*Trade Fin, Corp., 240 F.R.D. 392, 2006 WL 3354039, *1 (N.D. Ill. November 20, 2006). Defense attorneys filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings as to the claim for relief in the class action complaint that E*Trade violated the FCRA's disclosure requirements; the district court granted the motion agreeing with the defense that no private right of action exists for such violations under 15 U.S.C. § 1681m(d). Id. The court denied defense efforts to obtain dismissal of the balance of the class action complaint. Plaintiff's lawyer then moved the court to certify the lawsuit as a class action; the court rejected defense arguments in opposition to the motion and granted class action certification, finding that the requirements of Rule 23(a) were met and that the class action satisfied also the requirements of Rule 23(b)(3).
The district court analyzed each of the Rule 23 requirements for certification of a class action, but " E*Trade refutes only the adequacy of Murray as class representative," Murray, at *2, so we do not here discuss the court's analysis supporting its finding that numerosity, commonality and typicality were met. See id., at *2-*4. With respect to the adequacy requirement of Rule 23(a)(4), a district court must examine the adequacy of both the proposed class representative and the proposed class counsel, and determine whether "the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interest of the class." Id., at *5. The court readily concluded that proposed class counsel would adequately represent the class based on the firm's class action experience, and noted that even E*Trade "praised" its experience. Id.