Cases & Deals

ADP wins dismissal under California's anti-SLAPP law in putative class action alleging violations involving pre-employment background checks

Clients Automatic Data Processing

Jones Day represented a subsidiary of Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in a putative class action alleging violations of Megan's Law by providing background checks that included information derived from the Megan's Law website, which identifies registered sex offenders. In a case of first impression, the trial court dismissed the case pursuant to California's anti-SLAPP law, which prohibits suits challenging an exercise of free speech unless the plaintiff can show a likelihood of success on the merits. The court awarded ADP more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees and costs. The Court of Appeal affirmed (in a published opinion (182 Cal. App. 4th 1644 (2010)).

Mendoza v. ADP Screening and Selection Sections, Inc., Case No. BC395846 (L.A. Sup. Ct.)