Ross D. Andre

Associate

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3275
Business Fax: 404.885.3900

ross.andre@troutmansanders.com

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Ross Andre focuses his practice on financial services litigation and, more specifically, on class action defense. He primarily represents companies facing claims related to consumer credit and criminal reporting. He has extensive experience defending claims under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), having worked on dozens of FCRA class actions and successfully first-chaired an FCRA federal jury trial. He also regularly litigates claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and other consumer protection statutes.

Beyond financial services specialization, Ross also has substantial experience handling general commercial disputes in both state and federal court. He has litigated multiple franchisor‑franchisee disputes, serving as second chair in five private arbitration final hearings. He also has experience defending breach-of-contract claims and representing companies in emerging technology markets.

Ross graduated with honors from the Emory University School of Law, where he served as an Executive Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal, overseeing the editing and publication of legal scholarship in six separate issues of the Emory Law Journal. He routinely speaks and presents on class action practice and consumer protection statutes.

Representative Matters 

  • Represented a consumer reporting agency against allegations that it violated sections 1681k and 1681c of the FCRA when it provided certain adverse information to potential employers that was more than seven years old. The case was settled.
  • Represented a consumer reporting agency against allegations that it violated sections of the FCRA when it provided an allegedly inaccurate consumer report on the plaintiff to her prospective employer and failed to provide notice of the issuance of the report to the plaintiff. The case was settled.
  • Represented a criminal background checks company in a putative class action alleging that the client violated sections 1681k, 1681g, 1681i, and 1681e(b) of the FCRA. The plaintiffs sought to represent multiple nationwide class and various subclasses, but the case settled on a class-wide basis.
  • Represented a criminal background checks company in a putative class action alleging that the client violated sections 1681k, 1681g, 1681i, and 1681e(b) of the FCRA. The plaintiffs sought to represent multiple nationwide class and various subclasses, but the case settled on a class-wide basis.
  • Represented a criminal background checks company in a putative class action alleging that the client an inaccurate consumer report to a reseller that was used in connection with the plaintiff’s application for employment. The plaintiff alleged a willful violation of section 1681e(b) of the FCRA and sought to certify a nationwide class. The case settled on an individual basis.
  • Represented a national background check company in a putative class action where the plaintiff alleged that the client willfully violated the FCRA when it prepared reports on prospective employees. The case settled on an individual basis.
  • Represented a national background check company in a case where the plaintiff alleged sections 1681d(d)(3) and 1681e(b) of the FCRA when it provided consumer reports to potential employers containing felony records allegedly not belonging to the plaintiff. The plaintiff sought to certify a nationwide class, but the case settled on an individual basis.
  • Represented a national background check company in a putative class action alleging violations of the FCRA by failing to maintain reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy and by failing to follow “strict procedures” to assure that the information it reported was complete and up to date. The case settled on an individual basis.
  • Represented a national background check company in a putative class action alleging violations of the FCRA by failing to maintain reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy. After briefing both a motion to dismiss and a motion to strike the class claims, the case settled on an individual basis.
  • Representing a national background check company in a putative class action alleging violations of the FCRA by both failing to maintain reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy and by failing to follow strict procedures to assure that reported information was complete and up-to-date. The case is in discovery, with class certification briefing expected near the end of 2016.
  • Representing a national background check company in a multi-plaintiff putative class action alleging violations of the FCRA by failing to maintain reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy and by including outdated non-criminal information on consumer reports. The case is in discovery.
  • Representing a specialty consumer reporting agency as nationwide counsel on any FCRA action. In that capacity, we handled an FCRA class action in 2013 that settled on an individual basis and have litigated and resolved nearly a dozen individual cases. We have also been recently retained as counsel in two putative nationwide class actions, each of which is currently pending.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Georgia Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Professional Background Screeners, Education Committee, Member

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2016-present
  • Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, 2012-2016

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Education

  • Emory University, with honors, Dean's List, 2011
    Emory Law Journal, Executive Managing Editor
  • Emory University, summa cum laude, Dean's List, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • 2011 Georgia

Court Admissions

  • 2012 Georgia Court of Appeals
  • 2012 Supreme Court of Georgia
  • 2012 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • 2013 U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • 2014 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 2015 Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2015 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • 2016 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 2016 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois