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Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Originally passed in 1970, The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a U.S. federal law that regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer credit information. Along with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), it forms the base of consumer credit rights in the United States. The FCRA is enforced by the FTC.

Information furnishers – such as creditors, collection agencies, and debt buyers – can supply information to a consumer’s credit report only if they 1) supply complete and accurate information, 2) have procedures in place to investigate disputes from consumers, and 3) inform a consumer if negative information is to be placed on their credit report.

Shattered Glass

Consumer Litigation “Continues to Evolve in Lurches”: Your October Debt Collection Stats

FDCPA suits “unexpectedly [caught] fire this year, up more than 1200 suits (+14.5%) over this time in 2014,” according to Gordon. FCRA suits “works out to a dramatic +39% increase over this time last year,” and “TCPA’s YTD numbers have recovered due to the combination of a strong October and a weak few months at the end of 2014. Now up almost 200 suits (+8.7%) over this time last year, TCPA seems to have avoided the likelihood of a decline.” But none of this should be a surprise, so why is it?

Big Mistake

Big Mistake! Three Compliance Risks Collectors Overlook

Regulators from the CFPB and the FTC encourage the debt industry to look at past enforcement actions and other publications to determine what issues are most important to those agencies. A review of the recent enforcement actions by the CFPB and FTC, as well as other publications, reveal three distinct trends: actions involving unfair treatment of service members; the failure of debt collectors to adequately distinguish and investigate FDCPA and FCRA disputes; and, racial bias in debt collection efforts.


Could Spokeo Mean Rough Road Ahead for FCRA, TCPA, FDCPA Plaintiffs?

Yesterday’s oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Spokeo v. Robins suggests a struggle to fashion an understanding of what can constitute an “injury in fact.” It pitted the issue of whether a plaintiff’s standing to sue requires a tangible, concrete injury (loss of money, a job or property right) against the concept that the law can […]

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Sprint to Pay $2.95 Million Penalty to Settle FTC Charges It Violated Fair Credit Reporting Act

Sprint to Pay $2.95 Million Penalty to Settle FTC Charges It Violated Fair Credit Reporting Act The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that mobile service provider Sprint will pay $2.95 million in civil penalties to settle charges that the company failed to give proper notice to consumers who were placed in a program for […]


Three Reasons Your Agency Needs to Be Focused on Disparate Impact

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been talking about disparate impact for years and the agency’s favorite controversial methodology – finding evidence of discriminatory practices in data and outcomes rather than intent – has been plenty of trouble for bankers. But the collections industry has not had to deal head-on with the CFPB’s methodology. Does that mean collections firms have nothing to worry about?


FDCPA Litigation Totals Dropping But Still High; TCPA Unmoved in August

August FDCPA litigation statistics show large litigation drops for two successive months. That’s according to the monthly report from WebRecon LLC (WebRecon) statistics on consumer litigation. FDCPA litigation was down by 12.6% in July after dropping 7.5% in June. While the trend is welcome, FDCPA litigation is still up significantly year-over-year. In fact, litigation totals are […]