FCRA

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, 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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Monday, July 17, 2017

Federal Court Certifies FCRA Class in Dispute Over Content of Disclosures


In Graham v. Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, Inc., 2017 WL 2799928 (M.D. Fl.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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


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

 CFPB Nails Credit Repair Doctors: The credit bureaus not only make mistakes, they fail to conduct adequate reinvestigations of disputes or remove inaccurate information. Instead of complying with these FCRA responsibilities, the bureaus have developed their own lucrative direct-to-consumer channel for selling credit monitoring and identity-theft services to concerned consumers. But, the credit bureaus are so sloppy they’ve also fomented (spawned) an entire add-on predatory industry -- last-dollar credit repair doctors -- that takes advantage of the heightened consumer interest in higher credit scores that’s been driven by the bureaus’ scare-tactic marketing of their own absurdly-priced monitoring products. This week, the CFPB announced penalties of $2 million against 4 California-based credit repair doctors that “charged illegal fees and misled consumers about their ability to fix their credit.


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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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