Pennsylvania Complaint Against the Big 3 Credit Bureaus for Mixing Consumer’s Credit File

October 28th, 2010 by krista

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

John Doe

 

          Plaintiff,

 

v.

 

TRANS UNION, LLC

                and

CSC CREDIT SERVICES, INC.

                and

EQUIFAX INFORMATION SERVICES LLC

                and

EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC.

 

          Defendants.             

                         

 

 

 

 

COMPLAINT

 

 

JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

 

Complaint

 

UPreliminary Statement

 

1.                  This is an action for damages brought by individual consumer, John Doe, against Trans Union, LLC, CSC Credit Services, Inc., Equifax Information Services LLC, and Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”), for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (hereinafter the “FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681, et seq., and various other common law rights.

UThe Parties

 

2.                  Plaintiff John Doe is an adult individual residing in Texas, 78213.

3.                  Defendant, Trans Union, LLC (hereafter “TU”), is a business entity which regularly conducts business in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and which has a principal place of business located at 1510 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, PA 19022.

4.                  Defendant, CSC Credit Services, Inc. (hereafter “CSC”) is a business entity which regularly conducts business in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and which has a principal place of business at 62 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, Texas 77060.

5.                  Defendant, Equifax Information Services LLC (hereafter “Equifax”) is a business entity which regularly conducts business in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and which has a principal place of business located at 6 Clementon Road, East, Suite A2, Gibbsboro, New Jersey 08026.

6.                  Defendant, Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (hereafter “Experian”) is a business entity which regularly conducts business in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and which has a principal place of business located at 5 Century Drive, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054.

UJURISDICTION & Venue

 

7.                  Jurisdiction of this Court arises under 15 U.S.C. § 1681p and 28 U.S.C. § 1331, and supplemental jurisdiction exists for the state law claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1367.

8.                  Venue lies properly in this district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b).

UFactual Allegations

 

9.                  Defendants have been reporting derogatory and inaccurate statements and information relating to Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s credit history to third parties (hereafter the “inaccurate information”).

10.              The inaccurate information includes, but is not limited to, accounts with American Express, Beneficial National Bank, Capital One, Chase Card Services, Citifinancial, Commerce Bank, GE Money Bank, Household Bank/Sony, HSBC/BSBUY, and The Home Depot.

11.              The inaccurate information negatively reflects upon Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s credit repayment history, Plaintiff’s financial responsibility as a debtor and Plaintiff’s credit worthiness. The inaccurate information consists of accounts and/or tradelines that do not belong to the Plaintiff.

12.              Defendants have been reporting the inaccurate information through the issuance of false and inaccurate credit information and consumer credit reports that they have disseminated to various persons and credit grantors, both known and unknown.

13.              Plaintiff’s credit reports and file have been obtained from Defendants and have been reviewed many times by prospective and existing credit grantors and extenders of credit, and the inaccurate information has been a substantial factor in precluding Plaintiff from receiving many different credit offers and opportunities, known and unknown, and from receiving the most favorable terms in financing and interest rates for credit offers that were ultimately made.

14.              As a result of Defendants’ conduct, Plaintiff has suffered actual damages and serious financial and pecuniary harm arising from monetary losses relating to credit denials, loss of use of funds, loss of credit and loan opportunities, excessive and/or elevated interest rate and finance charges, out-of-pocket expenses including, but not limited to, local or long distance telephone calls, postage, faxing and other related costs, all of which will continue into the future to Plaintiff’s great detriment and loss.

15.              As a result of Defendant’s conduct, Plaintiff has suffered actual damages in the form of (a) lost credit opportunities, (b) harm to credit reputation and credit score, and (c) emotional distress.

16.              As a result of Defendants’ conduct, Plaintiff has suffered great emotional and mental pain and anguish, and Plaintiff will continue to suffer the same for an indefinite time in the future, all to Plaintiff’s great detriment and loss.

17.              As a result of Defendants’ conduct, Plaintiff has suffered actual damages in the form of financial and dignitary harm arising from the injury to credit rating and reputation, and Plaintiff will continue to suffer the same for an indefinite time in the future, all to Plaintiff’s great detriment and loss.

18.              As a result of Defendants’ conduct, Plaintiff has suffered a decreased credit score.

19.              At all times pertinent hereto, Defendants were acting by and through their agents, servants and/or employees who were acting within the course and scope of their agency or employment, and under the direct supervision and control of the Defendants herein.

20.              At all times pertinent hereto, the conduct of the Defendants, as well as that of their agents, servants and/or employees, was malicious, intentional, willful, reckless, and in grossly negligent disregard for federal and state laws and the rights of the Plaintiff herein.

UCOUNT I –ALL DEFENDANTS–

VIOLATIONS OF THE FCRA

 

21.              Plaintiff incorporates the foregoing paragraphs as though the same were set forth at length herein.

22.              At all times pertinent hereto, Defendants were “persons” and “consumer reporting agencies” as those terms are defined by 15 U.S.C. § 1681a(b) and (f).

23.              At all times pertinent hereto, Plaintiff was a “consumer” as that term is defined by 15 U.S.C. § 1681a(c).

24.              At all times pertinent hereto, the above-mentioned credit reports were “consumer reports” as that term is defined by 15 U.S.C. § 1681a(d).

25.              Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §1681n and 15 U.S.C. §1681o, Defendants are liable to the Plaintiff for willfully and negligently failing to employ and follow reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy of Plaintiff’s credit report, information and file, in violation of 15 U.S.C. §1681e(b).

26.              The conduct of Defendants were a direct and proximate cause, as well as a substantial factor, in bringing about the serious injuries, actual damages and harm to Plaintiff that are outlined more fully above and, as a result, Defendants are liable to Plaintiff for the full amount of statutory, actual and punitive damages, along with the attorneys’ fees and the costs of litigation.

 

 

count II –All defendants- DEFAMATION

 

27.              Plaintiff incorporates the foregoing paragraphs as though the same were set forth at length herein.

28.              Defendants have published statements both orally and through writing to various creditors, prospective credit grantors, other credit reporting agencies, and other entities that the above-referenced derogatory inaccurate information belong to the Plaintiff.

29.              Defendants have published these statements each time a credit report on Plaintiff has been requested from any creditor, prospective credit grantors furnisher or other source.

30.              The statements made by Defendants are false in that they inaccurately reflect Plaintiff’s credit information and debt repayment history, and paint Plaintiff as financially irresponsible and delinquent.

31.              Defendants have published these statements to at least every single creditor, furnisher or prospective creditor or other entity that has requested Plaintiff’s credit report.

32.              Defendants knew that the statements were false when made, and had no factual basis for making the statements, as Plaintiff has notified them repeatedly through writing, telephone communication and extensive documentation that the above inaccurate information was inaccurate for the reasons stated above.

33.              Nonetheless, Defendants continue to publish the false and negative statements concerning the Plaintiff’s credit history up through the present time.

34.              The written statements and publications constitute libel per se.

35.              The oral statements and publications constitute slander per se.

36.              In addition, and despite the repeated notices from Plaintiff, Defendants have acted with malice by failing to communicate the information provided to them by Plaintiff to all creditors, prospective creditors, furnishers of information and all other entities to whom it provides credit information concerning the Plaintiff.

37.              Defendants’ conduct was a direct and proximate cause, as well as a substantial factor, in bringing about the serious injuries, damages and harm to the Plaintiff that are outlined more fully above and, as a result, Defendants are liable to compensate the Plaintiff for the full amount of actual damages, compensatory damages and punitive damages, as well as such other relief, permitted under the law.

COUNT III – ALL DEFENDANTS – NEGLIGENCE

38.              Plaintiff incorporates the foregoing paragraphs as if the same were set forth at length herein.

39.              Defendants’ negligence consists of the following:

(a)        Violating the FCRA as set forth above; and

(b)        Failing to employ and follow reasonable procedures to assure maximum                              possible accuracy of Plaintiff’s credit report, information and file.

39.       As a result of Defendants’ above mentioned conduct, Plaintiff sustained and continues to sustain the losses and damages as set forth above.

40.       The conduct of Defendants was a direct and proximate cause, as well as a substantial factor, in bringing about the serious injuries, damages and harm to Plaintiff that are outlined more fully above and, as a result Defendants are liable to compensate the Plaintiff for the full amount of actual and compensatory damages, as well as such other relief, permitted under the law.

UCOUNT IV  – all defendants- UINVASION OF PRIVACY/FALSE LIGHT

 

41.       Plaintiff incorporates the foregoing paragraphs as though the same were set forth

at length herein.

42.       Defendants above actions violated Plaintiff’s right of privacy by impermissibly accessing Plaintiff’s most private information and placing the Plaintiff in a false light before the eyes of others, including potential credit grantors and creditors as well as family, friends and the general public.

43.       By such unauthorized invasion, publication and circulation of Plaintiff’s name and the inaccurate information Defendants invaded Plaintiff’s right to privacy, subjected Plaintiff to ridicule and contempt, injured Plaintiff’s personal esteem, reflected disgracefully on Plaintiff’s character, diminished Plaintiff’s high standing, reputation and good name among family, friends, neighbors and business associates, destroyed Plaintiff’s peace of mind, and caused Plaintiff severe mental and emotional distress.

44.       The conduct of Defendants was a direct and proximate cause, as well as a substantial factor, in bringing about the serious injuries, damages and harm to Plaintiff that are outlined more fully above and, as a result, Defendants are liable to compensate the Plaintiff for the full amount of actual, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as such other relief, permitted under the law.

UJURY TRIAL DEMAND

 

45.       Plaintiff demands trial by jury on all issues so triable.

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR RELIEF

 

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff seeks judgment in Plaintiff’s favor and damages against the Defendants, based on the following requested relief:

(a)                Actual damages;

(b)               Statutory damages;

(c)                Punitive damages;

(d)               Costs and reasonable attorney’s fees pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681n, 1681o;

(e)                An order directing that Defendants immediately delete all of the inaccurate information from Plaintiff’s credit reports and files, and cease reporting the inaccurate information to any and all persons and entities to whom they report consumer credit information;

(f)                An order directing that Defendants sends to all persons and entities to whom they                                     have reported Plaintiff’s inaccurate information within the last three years                                      Plaintiff’s updated and corrected credit report information; and

(g)               Such other and further relief as may be necessary, just and proper.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

FRANCIS & MAILMAN, P.C.                             

 

BY:        /s/ Mark Mailman                            

MARK MAILMAN, ESQUIRE

GREGORY GORSKI, ESQUIRE

Land Title Building, 19th Floor

100 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19110

(215) 735-8600

 

Attorneys for Plaintiff

 

Dated: October 26, 2010


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