DEBT COLLECTORS’ NEW CREDIT REPORTING POLICY SHORTENS TIME FOR NEGATIVE CREDIT INFORMATION

Debt Collectors' New Credit Reporting Policy Shortens Time for Negative Credit Information on Consumers' Credit Reports Encore Capital Group, Inc. announced a change in its credit reporting policies for consumers.  Encore's subsidiaries include: Midland Credit Management; Midland Funding, Asset Acceptance; Atlantic Credit & Finance. According to the Encore press release, "A significant challenge with current [...]

CFPB TAKES ACTION AGAINST EQUIFAX AND TRANS UNION CREDIT BUREAUS

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Equifax, Trans Union and their subsidiaries for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores sold to consumers.  According to the CFPB papers, Equifax and Trans Union also lured consumers into costly recurring payments for credit related products with false promises. The CFPB ordered [...]

How Do I Freeze My Credit Report?

Stop ID theft - add a credit freeze to your credit file.

MICAH ADKINS NAMED TOP CONSUMER LAWYER AGAIN BY BIRMINGHAM BAR

Birmingham Magazine surveyed more than 4,000 members of the Birmingham Bar Association for nominations for Birmingham's top lawyers. This is the fifth year for the peer review study and included 35 practice areas, including consumer law. The votes were reviewed by the Birmingham Bar Association and staff members of Birmingham Magazine. The results are in [...]

HOW DO I DISPUTE CREDIT REPORT ERRORS?

Do you have credit report errors?  We represent consumers with credit report problems.  Credit report errors can be a result of identity theft.  Credit report errors can also be a result of a consumer reporting agency's failure to assure the maximum accuracy of consumers' credit reports. The most common consumer complaints we hear include: (1) Identity theft - inaccurate [...]

WHY SHOULD I REQUEST A FREE CREDIT REPORT?

Consumers often ask us why should I request a free credit report?  The answer is common sense - if you do not know what's on your credit report how can you dispute credit report errors? Need more information on how to get a free credit report?  Click here to learn how to order a free [...]

HOW DO I GET A FREE CREDIT REPORT?

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), consumers are entitled to one free credit report in a 12 month period.  The federal law provides consumers with one free credit report from each of the three major national credit reporting agencies (CRAs, i.e., Experian, Equifax and Trans Union).  Click here for a free credit report.  Consumers should [...]

FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT (FCRA) GIVES CONSUMERS A PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST FURNISHERS

It is well settled in the Eleventh Circuit that consumers do not have a private cause of action under 15 U.S.C. 1681s-2(a).  Chipka v. Bank of America, 355 Fed. Appx. 380 (11th Cir. 2009); Green v. RBS Nat’l Bank, 288 Fed. Appx. 641 (11th Cir. 2009); Antoine v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 662 [...]