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About 200 million Americans have credit histories on file with the three major credit bureaus, and these bureaus generate more than one billion credit reports each year.  Credit reports play a critical role in the economic health of American families.  A good credit history enables consumers to obtain credit, and at a fair price.  Credit reports are also used by employers, landlords, utility providers, and insurers. 

Despite their importance, inaccuracies and errors plague credit reports, with estimates of serious errors affecting up to 25% of reports.  The dispute process mandated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act has become a travesty, with the credit bureaus conducting perfunctory investigations by translating detailed written disputes into two or three digit codes and paying foreign workers as little as $0.57 to process each dispute.

NCLC played a key role in the passage of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, and will continue advocate for consumers to ensure that every American is treated with fairness by the credit reporting system.

Policy Analysis


Credit Reports Policy Briefs, Reports & Press Releases

Credit Reports Comments and Testimony

Credit Reports Letters

Policy Analysis Archive

Litigation

  • Amicus brief of NCLC and NACA in Carvalho v. Equifax, Full text 
  • FCRA preemption and furnisher liability, Amicus Brief of NCLC and NACA in  Gorman v. Wolpoff & Abramson case, April 2009
  • White v. Experian/TransUnion/Equifax, Class action lawsuit against TransUnion LLC, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., and Equifax Information Services LLC
  • Amicus Brief of NACA, NCLC and others defending statutory damages provision of FCRA against constitutional attack

Consumer Information

 

Related Publications

 

Fair Credit Reporting

Fair Credit Reporting

All consumers are concerned about their credit reports, and no area of consumer litigation is growing faster. This edition includes FCRA analysis and integrates all FACTA changes.