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Watch Your Back: The Growing Threat of FCRA Background Check Class Actions

Class action suits against employers alleging a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act when using background checks performed by a credit reporting agency have more than tripled in 2014, with new cases continuing to be...more

CFPB Addresses Medical Debt Collection, Requires Consumer Reporting Agencies To Provide Accuracy Reports

On December 11, the CFPB held a field hearing on medical debt collection and how it affects consumer credit reports. In his prepared remarks, Director Cordray announced the release of a white paper focused on the specific...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 4, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - From the Editor - Executive Compensation: It May be Limiting Your Choices - Community Banks Adding Prepaid Products Face New Imperatives - Discharge, Debt Buyers and...more

New CFPB Procedure: Credit Reporting Agencies Must Report and Take Action On Furnishers

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB announced a major change related to its monitoring of furnishers involved in credit reporting. The CFPB introduced a new requirement that “major credit reporting companies,” as part of ongoing...more

CFPB Addresses Medical Debt

The CFPB released a report that found medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, as 43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports. The CFPB is concerned that the systems for incurring,...more

CFPB requires credit bureaus to identify furnishers and industries with highest dispute rates and issues study of collections...

In conjunction with its field hearing today on medical debt collection, the CFPB released a study that “describes characteristics of the medical and non-medical collections tradelines on consumers’ credit reports and the...more

FCRA Preempts Tortious Interference Claim, Says NJ Court

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)—a federal law that regulates the collection and use of “consumer information”—covers employers who solicit third-party vendors known as consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) to run background...more

California District Court Certifies “Not Inherently Unascertainable” Consumer Class

In addition to the explicit Rule 23(a) requirements of numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation, an implied prerequisite to certification is that the class must be sufficiently definite: that is,...more

Findings from ICO Visits to Credit Reference Agencies

On September 30, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a review of the manner in which personal data is processed by credit reference agencies (CRAs). Although the report focuses on CRAs, the ICO...more

In The Cross-Hairs? Protecting Your Company Against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investigations and Investors' Mortgage... [Video]

Watch an in-depth webinar presented by Litigation Partner Philip R. Stein, about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's attempts to expand its jurisdiction and authority over consumer finance companies and financial...more

House to hold Sept. 10 hearing on credit reporting

On Wednesday, September 10, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “An Overview of the Credit Reporting System.” The scheduled witnesses are...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the roll-up to the Labor Day weekend, the SEC issued new rules regarding asset backed securities and credit rating agencies. The Commission also announced a new pilot program on tick size....more

Retailers Facing New Class Action Attack for Routine (but Unlawful) Background Check Practices

Retail employers are under attack by a wave of recent class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as related state counterpart laws – such as the California Consumer Credit...more

State Attorneys General Bringing Actions Under Dodd-Frank

As the CFPB celebrates its three-year anniversary, the current trend appears to be lawsuits brought by state attorneys general or state regulators pursuant to their authority under Dodd-Frank Section 1042. Under Section 1042,...more

Bankruptcy Court Refuses To Dismiss Class Suit Claiming Bank’s Credit Reporting Practices Violated Bankruptcy Code

On July 22, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a bank’s motion to dismiss a putative class action adversary proceeding alleging that certain of the bank’s credit reporting practices...more

CFPB Releases Supervisory Report Highlighting “Risky Practices” of Nonbanks

The CFPB released a report regarding certain actions the CFPB discovered during its supervision of the payday, debt collection, and consumer reporting industries. The report, which covers the CFPB’s supervision of those...more

Institutions of Higher Education and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Third Circuit Holds Higher Education Amendments Offer No Safe...

In a recent precedential opinion, the Third Circuit has held that the Higher Education Act provides no safe haven from strict adherence to the Fair Credit Reporting Act for colleges and universities. Moreover, the Court...more

CFPB highlights furnishers’ duty under the FCRA to investigate disputes

The CFPB recently issued a bulletin highlighting the obligations of debt buyers, debt collectors, and others who furnish information to credit reporting agencies (CRAs) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In...more

CFPB Consumer Advisory Board Meeting To Focus On Consumer Reporting

The CFPB announced this week that its next Consumer Advisory Board meeting will be held on February 27, in Washington, DC, and that the sole public session will focus on the “consumer experience in the credit reporting...more

FTC Settles with National Consumer Reporting Agency for Alleged Violations of FCRA

The FTC reached a settlement with a national consumer reporting agency and its debt collection affiliate for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Section 5 of the FTC Act. FCRA imposes obligations on consumer...more

Weathering the Sea Change in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation in 2014

In 2013, the ballooning number of employment class actions illuminated the sea change in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation. The FCRA was enacted in 1970 during President Nixon's administration, and is hardly in its...more

Litigating in the Gap Between Theory and Reality - Reseller Liability Under Section 1681e(b) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

One of the most significant sources of litigation risks for niche businesses occurs when the statutory laws governing their conduct fail to reflect the real-world context of the industries in which they operate. Because even...more

CFPB Issues Guidance Bulletin on Furnisher’s Duty to Investigate

The CFPB issued a guidance bulletin setting forth its expectations for how companies that supply information for credit reports, commonly referred to as furnishers, should comply with the requirements of the Fair Credit...more

’60 Minutes’ Show Gets Facts All Wrong in Report on Credit Reporting Agencies

The credit reporting industry – dominated by Experian, Equifax and Transunion – maintains a precarious balance of obligations: On the one hand, these companies bear a responsibility to banks and other businesses at large to...more

Scams That Prey on the Elderly

In addition to the many companies, organizations and governmental units that are attempting to help people who are planning or are into their retirement, we should not be surprised to learn that there are many scams being...more

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