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Friday, January 19, 2018

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/how-often-you-should-pay-off-your-credit-card-bill.html


"To build credit, what you want to do is have a demonstrated track record of using credit responsibly, and over time different forms of credit," McBride says. "With regard to revolving lines like credit cards, you want to demonstrate the ability to put expenses on the card and then to pay that off."

To demonstrate that ability, it's smarter to focus on not letting your balance exceed more than 10 percent of your credit limit at any given time.

"The 10 percent threshold is the point at which it's beneficial to your credit score," McBride says. "Between 10 and 30 percent it's neutral, and it's only when your balance is above 30 percent of your credit line that it actually works against your score.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Equifax isn’t going to like new Senate bill


Two senators unveil a bill to impose tighter regulations and hefty penalties for future data breaches.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Equifax Says It Will Hand Over New York Data Breach Info


A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based credit reporting agency Equifax said the company would comply with a demand by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado for information on a July data breach that was made public in September.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

TzedekDC (tzedekdc.org) is a new Jewish lawyers group dedicated to providing pro bono debt representation for the poor.


Whereas these disputes were once a matter of debtor vs. creditor, in recent decades the game has changed. Large companies write off their bad debt and sell the paper to third parties for pennies on the dollar. These big debt buyers then hire phalanxes of lawyers to sue thousands of people.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: FCRA bars background check liability waiver


In Syed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a background check disclosure which included a liability waiver violated the FCRA. This case was significant because the Ninth Circuit is the first federal appeals court to definitively state that the FCRA “unambiguously bars the inclusion of a liability waiver.” The court also notably held that the employer willfully violated the FCRA by including the liability waiver in the disclosure, finding that no reasonable interpretation of the statute would allow any language besides a disclosure and authorization.


Our firm represents job applicants subject to background checks.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act governs all consumer reports including employment and housing background reports.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

When it comes to financial consumer protection state attorneys general wield an additional potentially powerful weapon.


A little-known provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, which created the CFPB, gives them the authority to enforce the agency’s rules and its broad ban on “unfair, deceptive and abusive” practices beyond state lines.

States have rarely used those provisions while Richard Cordray, appointed by President Barack Obama and known for aggressively pursuing financial firms, was in charge of the watchdog.

 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Millions of errors found within consumer credit reports

According to a report released by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Friday, consumer credit reports are riddled with tens of millions of errors annually.

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