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Can individuals sue under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

San Francisco, CA |

FTC takes consumer complaints but does not act on behalf of individuals. Can individuals sue under the FCRA?

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Yes, a consumer can sue under the FCRA. The law allows for the recovery of actual damages, emotional distress damages, attorney fees and punitive damages.


This really depends on your individual circumstances and I would recommend you review your situation with a qualified attorney as noted below.

Be that as it may, in some instances a small claims lawsuit is highly effective for getting an item removed from your report even if you don't have the right to bring it. The banks often don't want to spend money on sending an attorney.

Good luck.

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