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Monday, September 23, 2019

Partial settlement reached in case against Equifax, TransUnion over allegedly inaccurate credit files

Federal Court

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 12, 2019


WHEELING – A notice of partial settlement was filed in a case against three credit reporting agencies over alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations.

The notice states that a partial settlement was reached between the plaintiffs and two of the agencies – Equifax and TransUnion.

"The settling parties are in the process of completing the settlements and will submit dismissal orders upon completion," the notice states. "Plaintiffs’ claims against defendant Experian Information Solutions Inc. have not been settled and remain pending."

Bryant K. Creighton and Beth Ann Creighton filed a complaint against TransUnion, Experian Information Solutions Inc. and Equifax Information Services in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia alleging that the defendants failed to establish/follow reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy in the preparation of the credit report and credit files they published.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege that between June 27, 2017, and June 15, 2018, they suffered damage by loss of credit, embarrassment of credit denials and loss of the ability to purchase and benefit from credit when the defendants failed to delete inaccurate information in the plaintiff's credit files.

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly did not evaluate the plaintiffs' evidence to establish the validity of its claims about its settlement agreement with Ocean Beach.

The plaintiffs requested a trial by jury and sought damages, penalties, attorneys' fees and relief. They additionally sought for prejudgment and post-judgment interest and any other relief the court may find just. They are represented by Jason E. Causey and James Bordas Jr. of Bordas & Bordas PLLC in Wheeling.

Equifax is represented by Ashley H. Chalmers. TransUnion is represented by Robert Edward Ryan of Steptoe and Johnson and William R. Brown of Schuckit & Associates. Experian is represented by Andrew Spangenberg of Jones Day; and Ashley Hardesty Odell and Michael Clarke Cardi of Bowles Rice.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number 5:19-cv-00007

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