Post-Bankruptcy New Bill

BEBdata BlogCredit report errors are more common than you may think. A Federal Trade Commission report found that 20% of consumers had an error on at least one of their three credit reports — 5% of consumers had errors on their credit reports that were serious enough to subject them to higher interest rates on loans.

Likewise, it’s not unheard of for consumers who have filed for bankruptcy to find debts that were discharged in bankruptcy are still appearing on their credit reports as being owed. While the law governing credit reports provides for a way to correct those errors, there’s a new effort under way to ensure accurate reporting specifically for bankruptcy filings.

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio has introduced a bill to strengthen credit report accuracy by requiring creditors to report that a debt discharged in bankruptcy shows a zero balance on the consumer’s credit report in an accurate and timely manner.  Read more…

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