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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It just got easier for you to sue your bank and credit card company.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new rule Monday that prevents companies from using arbitration clauses to stop consumers from bringing class action lawsuits.

 The clauses force people to "go it alone or give up," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Our new rule will stop companies from sidestepping the courts and ensure that people who are harmed together can take action together," he said. Many people aren't aware that their bank account or credit card contracts came with an arbitration clause buried in the fine print.

 But they're pretty common.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

TransUnion to pay $60 million to consumers flagged as criminals


TransUnion will pay $60 million to consumers it mistakenly labeled as possible terrorists or drug dealers, under an order issued Tuesday by a federal jury.

 The decision stems from a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged the credit bureau failed to notify consumers who were reported to lenders as being included on a “blocked persons” list kept by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The list includes terrorists, narcotics traffickers, arms dealers and other criminals who are prohibited from doing business in the U.S.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Sloppy Credit Bureaus, Sketchy Credit Doctors Slammed by Trifecta of CFPB, State AGs, and Consumer Lawyers (3/4)


This is part three of a four-part series that looks at how inaccurate credit reporting is being fought by a attorneys, the CFPB, and state AGs. You may read Part 1 here and Part 2


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sloppy Credit Bureaus, Sketchy Credit Doctors Slammed by Trifecta of CFPB, State AGs, and Consumer Lawyers (2/4)


This is part two of a four-part series that looks at how inaccurate credit reporting is being fought by a attorneys, the CFPB, and state AGGs. You may read Part 1 here.

On July 1, thanks to the efforts of a bi-partisan, multi-state enforcement effort by 31 state Attorneys-General, 12 million consumers will see their credit scores increase by up to 20 points; 700,000 of them will see increases of as much as 40 points as certain negative public records, including tax liens and court judgements, drop off their credit reports.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sloppy Credit Bureaus, Sketchy Credit Doctors Slammed by Trifecta Of CFPB, State AGs, and Consumer Lawyers (1/4)


This is part one of a four-part series that looks at how inaccurate credit reporting is being fought by a attorneys, the CFPB, and state AGGs.

In the news this month are several successful efforts to improve credit report accuracy, compensate the victims of credit bureau malfeasance and also to bring some credit repair doctors to heel. Did it take a village? No, it took a combination of strong consumer laws, a strong CFPB, tough state attorneys general working on a bi-partisan basis and, finally, consumer attorneys engaged in private enforcement of the laws as another line of defense. For markets to work fairly, consumers need all these levels of protection.

In addition to demonstrating the importance of layered consumer protection and enforcement mechanisms, the cases also show that it is important to regulate the bureaus and hold them accountable, because despite their arrogant disregard for meeting the accuracy and reinvestigation standards of the law, they serve as gatekeepers to financial and employment opportunity.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Consumers misidentified as terrorists win $60 million verdict


A jury in California last week awarded $60 million in statutory and punitive damages to more than 8,000 consumers who sued TransUnion, one of the three credit reporting agencies.

The consumers filed the class action, claiming that TransUnion violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when it misidentified them in their credit reports as terrorists and drug traffickers. It turns out the real bad guys had names that were similar to the plaintiffs in the case.

The plaintiffs will each receive more than $7,300 as their share of the award, after they were wrongly identified in their credit reports as being engaged in criminal activity.

The FCRA requires credit reporting agencies to ensure that the information contained in consumers' credit reports is as accurate as possible.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Burger Chain Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Checks


A potential class action lawsuit brought by a former employee against Five Guys claims the popular burger chain violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California labor law by conducting background checks on employees without properly notifying them, according to a report from BigClassAction.com.

BigClassAction.com reports that the plaintiff, Jeremy R. Lusk, claims Five Guys “regularly secured credit and background reports on employees, conducted background checks on potential, current, and former employees, and used this information to make hiring decisions without providing clear disclosures.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Job applicants claim inaccurate background check report prevent them from finding a job


Have you been a victim of ID theft?  Check your credit report for errors at  www.annualcreditreport.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Wronged Wells Fargo customers are finally getting a bit of payback


Wells Fargo has reached a $110 million preliminary settlement to compensate all customers who claim the scandal-ridden bank opened fake accounts and other products in their name.

It's the first class action settlement by Wells Fargo since authorities revealed in September that the bank opened up to 2 million fake accounts to meet unrealistic sales targets that have since been eliminated.

Wells Fargo said on Tuesday the payments to customers will be in addition to refunds the bank has already paid out.

The settlement is expected to cover several lawsuits: including one filed in May 2015 in the Northern District of California, a separate one launched last September by customers, as well as 10 others. Wells Fargo's $110 million settlement marks a reversal from just a few months ago when it tried to kill a fake account lawsuit by forcing victims to resolve their claims quietly in closed-door arbitration instead of open court.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

House GOP’s Bill to Eliminate Nearly All Class Actions Would Encourage More Ponzi Schemes & Other Corporate Cheating


Congressman Bob Goodlatte, introduced a bill ironically titled “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” which passed through the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago. Its passage was a remarkable feat of avoiding public notice or debate, with Goodlatte ramming through the legislation in the middle of the night, voting down all amendments along party lines, and refusing to even hold a hearing on the bill, which had at least ten new provisions never included in the previous version passed by the Committee.

Goodlatte’s bill was drafted by corporate lobbyists to eliminate the vast majority of class action lawsuits. It would roll back protections for defrauded investors, cheated consumers, people whose privacy has been violated, small businesses harmed by price fixing, workers cheated by wage theft, and pretty much anyone harmed in any way by corporations that break the law.

 


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