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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

143 Million Reasons Congress Shouldn’t Gut the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s proposal to weaken the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) entered the national discourse on the heels of Equifax’s potentially catastrophic data breach. Industry watchdogs highlight the sharp contrast between the need for credit-industry regulation (as evidenced by the Equifax breach) and the coziness with which some Congress members comport themselves to the credit bureaus.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

House Bill Would Let Companies Off the Hook for Known & Devastating Mistakes

For nearly half a century, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has empowered American consumers, serving as a deterrent against credit reporting and background check errors—nowadays an all-too-familiar feature of the credit reporting industry. The possibility of punitive damages (available in some matters) supplies the FCRA with a great deal of its bite. Georgia Congressman, Barry Loudermilk introduced a bill (H.R. 2359) to vote last week in the House, which amongst other things, would eliminate consumers’ ability to receive punitive damages, drastically weakening the FCRA.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CFPB Rule Fight Forces Senators to Choose: Military Families or Big Banks

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) promulgated a long-awaited rule prohibiting banks and payday lenders from using forced arbitration clauses in their contracts. The rule was brought to a halt, however, by the House of Representatives--under the seldom used Congressional Review Act, an authority which enables Congress to “veto” executive-agency actions--and now faces its ultimate fate in the Senate.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Georgia Congressman Must Withdraw His EQUIFAX-Friendly Bill

Industry watch groups are calling on Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) to withdraw proposed legislation that would limit “remedies for consumers who are victims of credit reporting abuses.” A congressional subcommittee met to consider the legislation last Friday as news broke of Equifax’s massive data breach. Rep.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

3 Reasons Breach Victims Might not Want Equifax Credit Monitoring

In response to the July data-breach, Equifax has offered their Trusted ID Premier service in exchange for consumers' right to sue Equifax. Industry watchdogs suggest cause for concern regarding Equifax’s terms. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that consumers’ vital data may have been stolen within minutes of the breach, and Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com, suggests that the information obtained by thieves may be utilized long after the period offered by Equifax to monitor credit reports under the agreement expires.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do

Responding to news of Equifax’s huge data breach, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers guidelines for consumers to protect themselves. The FTC suggests that consumers take proactive measures, such as checking their credit reports (available to consumers at  annualcreditreport.com), and monitoring “existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Equifax, one of the “Big Three” credit reporting companies, suffered a major data breach in late July 2017. The breach (made public today) has compromised the accounts of roughly 143 million Americans. In addition to consumers’ credit scores, “loans, loan payments and credit cards, as well as information on everything from child support payments, credit limits, missed rent and utilities payments, addresses and employer history” were obtained by the cyber-criminals.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Even more Explosions Possible at Texas Flooded Plant

Neighborhoods within a mile and a half of the Crosby, Texas facility that exploded on Thursday have been urged to evacuate as officials warn that more explosions are possible. The chemical plant exploded early Thursday morning. Authorities are concerned about another explosion because chemicals have not been stored at proper temperatures since power went out at the plant because of Hurricane Harvey.  


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ford to look beyond credit scores in sales push

A major auto lender has decided to change its approval process to look beyond credit scores in an effort to pump up sales.

The move by Ford Motor's financing unit is expected to unfold in coming years, even as concerns mount about rising auto-loan losses in the industry. Ford Motor Credit is expected to announce the plans as soon as Friday.


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Friday, August 4, 2017

State laws are becoming more restrictive, adding an extra layer of protection for consumers

Criminal background checks are commonplace Applications for certain employment positions. But what about credit checks? Is a job applicant's credit history relevant for employment? May an employer lawfully check a job applicant's credit?  

State and local laws are becoming more restrictive, adding an extra layer of protection for consumers over and above the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.  



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump and Cordray: Five Scenarios for the CFPB

Here are five potential scenarios on what might happen to CFPB director Richard Cordray once the new president arrives.

One: Bigger Fish Prevail

Competing priorities may push back any big decisions about the CFPB or its director, even if the new administration ultimately plans an all-out assault on the agency, several sources predict.

Two: Congress Moots Controversy

Congress could moot the removal question entirely by changing the CFPB’s leadership structure.

Three: Trump Dismisses Cordray

Trump could dismiss Cordray ahead of the CFPB’s director’s statutory end-of-term in July 2018, and perhaps even as early as Jan. 20.
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