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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

Seventh Circuit Affirms Spokeo Dismissal of FCRA Class Action

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Last week, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions on Spokeo grounds. The cases, which were consolidated for appeal, were filed by the same plaintiff against two...more

2017's Top Five Consumer Complaints to the CFPB (So Far)

by Baker Donelson on

Despite continued efforts in Congress to curtail the scope of the CFPB, the Bureau continues to move ahead with issuing new regulations, conducting investigations and initiating enforcement actions. As part of its efforts,...more

Credit Reporting Agencies Remove Most Judgment and Lien Information from Credit Reports

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Did you know that beginning July 1, 2017, the three largest nationwide credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax and Transunion, will delete certain civil judgment and lien information from the databases they use to create...more

CFPB files proposed stipulated final judgments in actions against credit repair companies and individuals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it had simultaneously filed two complaints and corresponding proposed stipulated final judgments in a California federal district court in actions against four credit repair companies and three...more

Trans Union Hit with Largest FCRA Verdict to Date

Trans Union, LLC, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States has been hit with a verdict by a California jury for $60 million, which is the largest verdict under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to...more

TransUnion Hit with Record $60 Million Dollar Verdict in FCRA Class Action

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A California jury recently returned a large verdict in a Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") case which alleged that TransUnion's credit reporting confused the class consumer names with the names of criminals and terrorists on...more

Credit reporting standards for civil judgments and tax liens to change July 1

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An informative new American Banker podcast discusses recent and possible future changes to traditional credit scores, what they mean for industry, and possible industry responses. The podcast begins with a discussion of...more

CFPB Examines Complaints Filed By Older Consumers

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On May 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Monthly Complaint Report, this month complaints by consumer aged 62 and older. The CFPB drew its analysis of more than 103,100 complaints from its...more

$3M Penalty for Credit Reporting Agency in CFPB Action

A major credit bureau and its subsidiaries will pay a civil penalty of $3 million, revise how it represents how the credit scores it markets to consumers are used, and put in place changes in its compliance management system...more

CFPB issues report on consumers transitioning out of credit invisibility

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued a new report, “Data Point: Becoming Credit Visible,” that discusses how consumers transitioned out of “credit invisibility” and how such transitions differed across consumers of different ages and across...more

FCRA Class Plaintiff Lacked Injury Needed for Standing Under Spokeo, 4th Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An $11.7 million judgment awarded against credit reporting company Experian in a 69,000-member class action brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was vacated by the Fourth Circuit in Dreher v. Experian...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Finds No Article III Injury in Fair Credit Reporting Act Case

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the plaintiff’s allegations that Experian denied him access to information to which he was entitled under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was insufficient to establish...more

Fourth Circuit Applies Spokeo to Vacate $11.7 Million Class Action Judgment

by Williams Mullen on

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that a class representative who failed to allege a concrete injury from incomplete or incorrect information on his credit report did not satisfy the standing...more

Fourth Circuit Vacates $12M FCRA Class Action Judgment Against Experian

On May 11, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a $12 million judgment against Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (“Experian”) in a class action against the credit reporting bureau alleging violations of the...more

CFPB April 2017 complaint report highlights student loan complaints, complaints from Nevada consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its April 2017 complaint report that highlights student loan complaints. The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Nevada and the Las Vegas metro area....more

How’d You Score That? CFPB Fines Experian Because of Misleading Credit Score Marketing

Whether it’s a football game, a standardized test, or a person’s credit, scores matter. In the case of consumer credit scores, the difference between falling in the high and low ends of the score spectrum impacts the...more

Credit Monitoring Services: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Organizations are not, generally, required to offer services to consumers whose information was involved in a breach. Nonetheless, many organizations choose to offer credit reports (i.e., a list of the open credit accounts...more

CFPB March 2017 complaint report highlights credit card complaints, complaints from Massachusetts consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its March 2017 complaint report that highlights credit card complaints. The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Massachusetts and the Boston metro area. ...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

CFPB settles with consumer reporting agency for alleged UDAAP/FCRA violations

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The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Experian, a consumer reporting agency, for allegedly engaging in the deceptive marketing of credit scores in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection...more

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