HOW TO ORDER YOUR CREDIT REPORTS FOR FREE

Consumers often contact the Adkins Firm and ask how to get their free credit reports.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that gives consumers the right to a free credit report under several circumstances.  One of the most important and basic rights for consumers under the FCRA is the right to [...]

PUBLIC RECORD ERRORS AND CREDIT REPORTS

PUBLIC RECORD ERRORS AND CREDIT REPORTS Consumers often contact The Adkins Firm because they have public record errors on their credit reports.  Public records may include judgments and liens, such as tax liens.  After a judgment or a lien is filed with the court, consumer reporting agencies include the public record information on the consumer’s credit [...]

CREDIT REPORT ERRORS CAN CAUSE CREDIT DENIALS

Credit report errors can cause credit denials.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, one out of five consumers have credit report errors.   Credit report errors are often the result of mixed credit files.  A mixed credit report is a credit report that contains information about more than one consumer.  Mixed files are common amongst [...]

FCRA UPDATE: NO RIGHT TO OFFSET UNDER FCRA

The trial court acknowledged Synchrony’s claims shared facts in common; however, because the plaintiff’s claims were made under federal law, the FCRA, and the FCRA does not “expressly or impliedly provide[] a right to indemnity,” the court denied Synchrony’s motion for leave to file the third party complaint. Accordingly, “[f]rom a policy standpoint, therefore, it is difficult to conjure up support for a rule which would allow a furnisher to bring an indemnification action.”

4TH CIRCUIT REINFORCES FCRA RULE – NO PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST FURNISHERS FOR REPORTING FALSE INFORMATION UNDER FCRA

CREDIT REPORT DISPUTE LAWYER - Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), there is no private cause of action under 15 U.S.C. § 1681s-2(a). In other words, consumers cannot successfully sue furnishers for reporting false information under the FCRA.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN THE CREDIT BUREAU “VERIFIES” FALSE INFORMATION?

Do you have credit report errors? Have you disputed the false information to the credit bureaus? Now What?

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 [...]

How Do I Freeze My Credit Report?

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

APPS MAY VIOLATE FCRA – FTC SENDS WARNING LETTER TO EVERIFY, INFOPAY AND INTELLIGATOR

The Federal Trade Commission warned marketers of six mobile applications that provide background screening apps that they may be violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FTC warned the apps marketers that, if they have reason to believe the background reports they provide are being used for employment screening, housing, credit, or other similar purposes, [...]

SOUTH CAROLINA MAN SPENDS 2 YEARS TRYING TO CORRECT EQUIFAX CREDIT REPORT

A South Carolina man, Mike St. Peter, has fought Equifax for years to correct his credit report.  The problem started when Mr. St. Peter discovered a mortgage balance on his Equifax report that never changed – despite making his mortgage payments.  He signed up for a credit monitoring program and saw his mortgage balance staying [...]