ATHENS, GA, November 17, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- On November 6, 2012, SecurTest, Inc. (through its iReviewNow News service) released an article entitled FCRA Ruled Constitutional. In that article, certain facts were inaccurately reported or may have been misleading as they pertained to General Information Services, Inc. ("GIS"). SecurTest and iReviewNow News did not intend to report inaccurate facts nor make any statements that could be misleading to readers. For that reason, SecurTest and iReviewNow News are retracting the article and correcting errors in the article. Additionally, iReviewNow News apologizes to both GIS and any readers of the article for mistakes in the description of events. Please note the following corrections:
- In last sentence of the first paragraph, the article stated, "The court's ruling now places GiS in the untenable position of either appealing or attempting to defend its illegal reporting practices as they face two similar class-action cases in federal court." The sentence should have referred to defending "allegations that its reporting practices are illegal...." GIS has neither admitted that its practices were illegal, nor has it been adjudged that such practices are illegal. The article should have indicated that it was the Plaintiff's unproven allegation that the practices violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
- In the third paragraph, the article states, "Ms. King's consumer report also disclosed other inaccurate or misleading information." This statement is misleading. Instead, the article should have stated that "Ms. King also claims in her Complaint that GIS misreported the date on which she was charged and that the report was incomplete in that it did not include her hair color."
- In the first sentence of the fourth paragraph, the article states, "Accepting all of the facts alleged in the Complaint to be true, GiS's defense challenged the constitutionality of section 1681c of the FCRA." On page 3 of the Court's Order, the judge states, "Accepting all of the facts alleged in the Complaint as true, GIS now challenges the constitutionality of section 1681c." To clarify, GIS did not admit that all of the facts were true, but instead GIS asked the Court to rule that the FCRA's prohibition of truthful speech about public records is unconstitutional even if all the alleged facts were true. In fact, GIS disputed many facts alleged by the Plaintiff and its liability for the claim.
- In the seventh paragraph, the article states, "As it turns out, GiS used only a name match and Hutchison was not the fellow sent to prison for ten years. During the time the real person was in prison, Hutchinson was still in high school." It was inaccurate to state that GIS used only a name match. Instead, the conviction found by GIS matched the Plaintiff's first, middle, and last names, city of residence, and his full date of birth. The Plaintiff and the actual convicted felon were the same age.
- In the seventh paragraph, the article states, "GiS appears to have not informed Wal-Mart that Hutchison had an active dispute." This statement implies that the Plaintiff, Mr. Hutchison, contacted GIS to dispute the first report before GIS issued the second report. This is not accurate. Mr. Hutchison first contacted GIS after receiving a copy of the second report provided to Wal-Mart; he received that copy from GIS.
- In the last sentence of the seventh paragraph, the article states, "GiS issued a new report two weeks later admitting its serious error: Hutchison had no criminal record." This sentence should have stated, "GIS issued a new report within two weeks correcting its prior report: Hutchison had no felony record." He did have misdemeanor convictions that he alleged he had already disclosed to both employers.
About SecurTest and iReviewNow. SecurTest was recently named one of the top background screening companies by HRO Today and is the fastest-growing company of its kind, with growth of 300 percent in 2011. Having acquired new government and private sector contracts, SecurTest's revenues are expected to quadruple in 2012. The company's growth has been fuelled by the 2011 introduction of its patented iReviewNow System, which allows consumers the opportunity to review their background reports in real-time, and dispute any inaccuracies before adverse hiring actions or business decisions are made. SecurTest is relied upon by various branches of the U.S. government to perform background investigations, including the military and the Department of Homeland Security. SecurTest ensures that reports are accurate using its proprietary iReviewNow System. For more information, call (800) 445-8001, email email@example.com or go to www.ireviewnow.com or www.securtest.com.
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