Credit Reporting & Data Brokers

On March 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a list of resources to assist consumers in taking steps to protect their finances during the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The resources can be found here.

Specifically, the resources provided by the CFPB address the following issues:

  • Protect yourself financially from the impact of COVID-19;
  • Make

On March 22, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“FRB”), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (collectively, “the Agencies”) issued an interagency statement, available here, providing guidance for lenders on how to

On March 13, two days after the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak could be characterized as a pandemic, the White House declared the outbreak a national emergency.

In response, the Consumer Data Industry Association (“CDIA”) provided guidance for lenders and creditors who report information about consumers whose accounts are

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued an administrative order on Sunday, March 22 that covers public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”). In it, the Court recognizes “the current COVID-19 crisis creates an unprecedented public health emergency that requires immediate action to encourage effective social distancing and reduce the

On March 17, a bill was introduced in the United States Senate to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit negative credit reporting during the coronavirus health crisis. The bill, S.3508, is entitled The Disaster Protection for Workers’ Credit Act. It would provide for a four-month moratorium on negative credit reporting and a

On March 6, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against BoostMyScore LLC (“Boost”), BMS, Inc., and William O. Airy – the principal operator of both Boost and BMS. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the FTC Act, Credit Repair Organizations Act, and

On February 27, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Ramirez v. TransUnion LLC, a class-action case watched closely by consumer reporting agencies and other persons regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). In Ramirez, the Court held for the first time that all

Plaintiff Amanda Groettum may be alive and well, but in Groettum v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota laid to rest her claims under Minnesota’s credit defamation laws and any contention that the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s two preemption provisions are in conflict.

In her complaint,

On January 29, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Credit Act (“the Act”). Packaging several Democrat-sponsored bills together, the Act garnered the support of all but two of the present House Democrats. If enacted into law, the Act would significantly change the information that credit reports can contain, expand the processes available

We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders attorneys, David Anthony, Cindy Hanson, and Timothy St. George will be presenting during the 2020 Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) Mid-Year Conference in Arlington, VA from April 19-21, 2020. The Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference is held each year in the spring. The focus is