What’s Wrong with the Credit Reporting System

What’s Wrong with the Credit Reporting System On September 10, 2014, the House of Representatives SubCommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit heard testimony on the current state of the consumer credit reporting system. Mr Stuart Pratt, who is with the industry trade association, the Consumer Data Industry Association, testified that all was well with the system, except that there are too many class actions against his member companies. Ms Chi Chi Wu, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, testified that the credit reporting system is neither fair nor completely accurate and as a result tens of millions...

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When Can a Creditor Pull a Consumer’s Credit Report? The Ninth Circuit Ignites a Controversy

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided an important consumer protection issue concerning when creditors trying to collect consumer debts can permissibly pull consumers’ credit reports. The Court held that creditors can only pull credit reports if the debt involves a “credit transaction,” in which the consumer directly participated and voluntarily sought credit. This was an important victory for our client, Maria Pintos. Her car was towed for a registration violation and sold, but the sale price didn’t cover the towing and impound charges. The towing company assigned the outstanding debt to a debt collector, which pulled her...

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