New York Consumer Law Blog

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Your Right to Know - Your Consumer Credit File Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act


Consumer reporting agencies (also known as credit reporting agencies or CRAs) compile consumer data primarily for use by "users."  Users are entities that access a consumer's information to gain insight into the consumer's past behavior including prior use of credit (payment history and type of credit accessed), criminal history for a job application, or tenant history in the case of housing.  In the credit context, users rely upon these "consumer reports" to decide if the consumer is a high or low risk borrower for a variety of consumer transactions such as auto purchases, home loans, and credit cards.

Critically, however, consumers have a right to access that data as well.  Several circumstances trigger the credit bureau's duty to provide a consumer with a copy of his or her complete credit file.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Wells Fargo is "feeling the pinch" after stealing from countless consumers. Not.


Wells Fargo is "feeling the pinch" after stealing from countless consumers.

Wells Fargo's net income in the most recent quarter declined to $5.64 billion from $5.8 billion the same period last year, the bank said Friday.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ruling on CFPB's Unconstitutionality Leaves Agency Intact

From the National Consumer Law Center:

 The DC Circuit's October 11 decision in PHH Corp. that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional will have far more limited impact on the agency  than one might presume, as explained in this article.

 https://library.nclc.org/ruling-cfpb%E2%80%99s-unconstitutionality-leaves-agency-intact


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

IRS Scam Center Busted -- Wall Street Journal

Indian Police Bust IRS ‘Scam Center’

Police say scammers posing as IRS officials would dial people in the U.S. and threaten them with jail time if they didn’t pay up.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Class Actions or No Action

Class actions are often the only viable mechanism to address widespread consumer harm.  Read more in this insightful piece.

June 26, 2016 12:00 AM

What would you do if your client told you her bank had charged her account a $25 fee she didn’t owe? Would you sue the bank?

Probably not, given that the cost of the litigation would greatly exceed $25. That’s why we have class actions.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Presentation Next Week at the NYC Real Estate Expo


Next Thursday, 9/29/16, the Midtown Hilton will be swarming with over four thousand real estate professionals including leaders in the industry.  Come here my brief presentation at 4:30 in the Finance Presentations lineup in the Morgan Suite.  Topic: Client Credit Report Errors: Consumer’s Rights under the FCRA in the Real Estate Context.

 http://www.nycnetworkgroup.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Should Wells Fargo be forced to pay what it cannot "claw back"?

Should Wells Fargo be forced to pay what it cannot "claw back"? 

Read more here:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/20/its-would-not-be-easy-for-wells-fargo-to-claw-back-banker-pay.html


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Corporate corruption runs very deep


http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/20/wells-fargo-has-cut-checks-to-congressional-questioners-campaigns.html

It's a different spin on the system of "checks and balances."

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Friday, September 9, 2016

How the careless errors of credit reporting agencies are ruining people’s lives: Their files are full of obvious mistakes that the companies are in no rush to correct.


From the Washington Post: 

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, all credit-reporting agencies, are the three most-complained-about companies in America. These companies furnish reports for landlords to examine tenants, for banks to analyze borrowers, for insurance companies to figure out monthly rates and for employers to probe the backgrounds of potential hires — so they wield serious influence over our financial lives and futures.
Read more . . .


Friday, September 9, 2016

Math is Racist and How Big Data Is Coming For You (Wait, It's Already Here)


"Big data" is real and growing. Know your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and related state statutes. 

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/06/technology/weapons-of-math-destruction/index.
Read more . . .


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