On January 20, Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn) introduced the Keeping Evictions Off Credit Reports Act, H.R. 408, in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking to prohibit evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic from appearing on consumer reports. This is the third time that Representative Cohen has proposed this legislation. Representatives Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Yvette

A recent opinion issued by the district court for the Middle District of Florida rejected a credit union’s attempt to dismiss claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) arising out of the alleged mishandling of a disputed charge and subsequent reporting to credit reporting agencies (CRAs), finding the

Should credit reporting agencies (CRAs) be held liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for alleged reporting inaccuracies that turn on legal disputes? According to the Second Circuit in a recent decision, the answer is no. The appellate court held the “FCRA does not require” CRAs to “resolve unsettled legal questions.” However, the

On December 15, 2022, the parties in TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez — a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2021 to resolve questions of Article III standing — obtained final approval of their class settlement agreement. The settlement resolved claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) alleging that

On November 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two reports, highlighting what the CFPB perceives to be forms of errors that frequently occur in tenant background checks and the impacts the CFPB believes that those errors can have on potential renters.

The “Tenant Background Check Markets Report” (Market Report) provides a

On November 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new Supervisory Highlights report, focusing on the auto servicing industry, consumer reporting, mortgage servicing, and COVID-19 relief funds. The report highlights the CFPB’s continued focus on so-called junk fees and inaccurate credit reporting.

Among other findings from the report, the CFPB says that:

  • Examiners

On November 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a circular, stating that both consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and furnishers may be held liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for failing to investigate disputes, including when they impose what the CFPB views as barriers to the submission of disputes. Specifically, the

Pursuant to its authority under Section 1022(b)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an advisory opinion to consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), highlighting their obligation to screen for and eliminate obviously false data from consumers’ credit reports. Specifically, CRAs were instructed to implement policies, procedures, and systems to screen for and

On June 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule, prohibiting consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) from reporting adverse information resulting from human trafficking on survivors’ credit reports. This rule took effect on July 25.

The CFPB’s final rule amends Regulation VII, the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) implementing regulation, to comply

This blog post was republished by Westlaw Today.

On September 26, Representative French Hill (R-AR) introduced new legislation, H.R. 8985, also known as the Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2022, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act and allow payment information for utility bills and phone payments to be furnished to credit