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Monday, June 11, 2018

Credit problems may hinder job search


According to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 60% of private employers check the credit histories of some of their job applicants, and 13% check the histories of all potential hires. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Congress just made credit freezes free



Thursday, April 26, 2018

China's behavior monitoring system bars some from travel, purchasing property


You have heard of credit scores.  Heard of China's social credit scores?  Would this ever be allowed in the United States?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks, & MyFitnessPal

Was your information exposed in the latest data breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, or Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal? If so, here are some steps to take.

 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/04/breaches-lord-taylor-saks-myfitnesspal?utm_source=govdelivery


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Consumer Protection in the States: A 50-State Evaluation of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Laws


The National Consumer Law Center has issued a review of the Unfair and Deceptive Practices Laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Regulations differ drastically, state-to-state. “In many states, they write, “the deficiencies are glaring. Legislation or court decisions in dozens of states have narrowed the scope of UDAP laws or granted sweeping exemptions to entire industries.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Consumers Should Have More Control Over Credit Reports. We Agree.


Last month, Senator Jack Reed (D) of Rhode Island proposed legislation which would give consumers discretion over who sees their all-important credit information. The Control Your Personal Credit Information Act would require credit bureaus to request permission from consumers in order to share their highly personal credit-information with third-parties. Senator Reed states: “under existing law, the current consumer reporting system is backwards.  Consumer reporting agencies collect so much information on us, often without our consent, so at the very least, they should ask us for our permission before they share or sell our information.”

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Welcome to National Consumer Protection Week 2018


As part of its 20th annual Consumer Protection Week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is arming consumers with the tools and education necessary to combat identity theft, scammers, and the like. The FTC has released this blog as a reference to access the varied tools.
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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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