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Jump in Credit Scores Means Dip in Underwriting Predictability

by Carlton Fields on

Underwriters that rely on popular credit-scoring models like FICO and VantageScore to assess risk may have noticed that some consumer credit scores jumped recently. The nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax Inc.,...more

State AGs ask Experian to waive credit freeze fees

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Assistant Illinois Attorney General, in a letter sent to Experian’s CEO on behalf of the Illinois AG and the AGs of 35 other states and the District of Columbia, has asked Experian not to charge any credit freeze-related...more

Equifax Mea Culpa: Too Little, Too Late?

Equifax Inc.’s interim CEO, Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., issued the company’s second public apology this morning for the massive data breach that has affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers....more

Protecting Your Identity After a Data Breach

by Jones Day on

In light of recent high-profile breaches of highly sensitive data, this is a good time to remind individuals of how to protect their identity and credit information....more

Equifax Week Two: Hack Headaches Continue

The barrage of bad news for Equifax Inc. keeps getting worse. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s events: ? Mass AG Files Lawsuit – In the first enforcement action filed against Equifax Inc., the Massachusetts Attorney General...more

Equifax Data Suppliers Urged by DFS to Give Hack “Highest Degree of Attention”

Yesterday, New York’s top financial regulator asked state-chartered banks and insurers to take immediate precautions to protect consumers and the financial markets “in light of the cybersecurity attack” at Equifax Inc....more

Equifax Week Two: It Keeps Getting Worse

The drumbeat of bad news continues for credit monitoring agency Equifax Inc., after its disclosure on September 7th of a massive data breach – compromising Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personally...more

Legal Implications and Initial Takeaways from the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that compile and evaluate the financial history of consumers, announced that it suffered a security breach in which sensitive information of...more

So…Everyone’s Been Compromised? What To Do In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach

by Dickinson Wright on

By now, you’ve probably heard that over 143 million records containing highly sensitive personal information have been compromised in the Equifax data breach. With numbers exceeding 40% of the population of the United States...more

Hidden Hiring Landmine: Fair Credit Reporting Act Obligations

by Fisher Phillips on

Every year, an increasing number of states and localities clamp down on an employer’s ability to ask about applicants’ criminal histories (our update from earlier this year provides a good primer). The good news is that...more

After Equifax: What Should the Public Do?

As we have discussed in previous posts, Equifax Inc. suffered a cybersecurity breach potentially affecting 143 million individuals in the United States. Although Equifax’s investigation is ongoing, the data at risk includes...more

600,000 Reasons to Comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—which covers federal courts in North Carolina—recently affirmed a borrower’s victory against a loan servicer under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). In...more

The Equifax Breach: Protecting Yourself Against Threats to Your Finances and Identity

On September 7, U.S. credit reporting agency Equifax reported that it had been hacked and more than 140 million people might have had their information stolen. The breach could have global implications: Equifax has stated...more

Equifax Breach is a Category 5 Incident Affecting You – Our Recommendations on How to Safeguard Your Data

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced what appears to be the largest breach of consumer data in US history. According to Equifax, it discovered on July 29, 2017 that it had suffered a cyber-attack which lasted from May to...more

I May Have Been Affected by the Equifax Breach: Now What Do I Do?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If you’ve seen the news, you’re probably aware that Equifax announced last week that hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately...more

Hack Hangover: The News Keeps Getting Worse for Equifax

Since the massive data breach at Equifax Inc. was disclosed late Thursday, the news has only gotten worse for the Atlanta-based credit monitoring agency. Here’s a brief chronological recap of what we know so far...more

Equifax Hack: The Morning After

Within hours after Equifax disclosed yesterday that hackers had compromised the personal information of nearly 143 million Americans, the Atlanta-based credit reporting agency was hit with a class action lawsuit in U.S....more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal in FCRA Class Action

by Goodwin on

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the Northern District of Georgia’s dismissal of a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case against Equifax and Transunion. In Pedro v. Equifax, Inc., plaintiff sought to...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCRA Claim Finding that Interpretation of Act Was Objectively Reasonable

by Burr & Forman on

In Pedro v. Equifax, Inc., — F.3d —, 2017 WL 3623926 (11th Cir. 2017), the Eleventh Circuit held that it was not objectively unreasonable for TransUnion, LLC to interpret section 1681e(b) of the Fair Credit Report Act...more

9th Circuit Clarifies Standard For Article III Standing Based On Statutory Violations

On August 15, 2017, the 9th Circuit, in Thomas Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., reversed the district court’s dismissal of an action alleging willful violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. The 9th...more

Mistake in Your Credit Report? The Latest Spokeo Decision Suggests You May Have A Case.

In the 9th Circuit’s August 15, 2017 decision in Robins v. Spokeo, the latest in the long-running legal debate about when a consumer cause of action exists for a data breach, the 9th Circuit has declared that inaccuracies in...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Ninth Circuit Finds Concrete Injury in Spokeo Remand

by Bryan Cave on

The U.S. Supreme Court held in its 2016 Spokeo decision that for a plaintiff to have standing to assert a claim based on a statutory violation that the plaintiff must have suffered real—and not just legal— harm. Spokeo...more

Alleged FCRA Violation Sufficiently Concrete for Article III Standing, Ninth Circuit Holds in Spokeo II

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held in Spokeo v. Robins that an alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation was sufficiently concrete to support Article III...more

The Seventh Circuit Finds No Standing in FCRA Case Based on Job Application Credit Reports

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that allegations that prospective employers obtained consumer reports in technical violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by themselves do not constitute a concrete...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCRA Class Claims Based on Job Application Credit Reports Due to Lack of Standing

by Reed Smith on

In yet another appellate court decision signaling the strength of the United States Supreme Court’s 2016 Spokeo decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a pair of putative class...more

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