Where the FCRA Meets the FDCPA: The Impact of Unfair Collection Practices on the Credit Report

29 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2013 Last revised: 13 Dec 2013

Mary Spector

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This Article explores the impact that contemporary practices in consumer debt collection litigation may have on credit reporting and scoring. In doing so, it pays particular attention to available data regarding the use of unfair collection practices in such litigation, and considers whether consumer reports of such litigation unfairly burden consumers’ ability to obtain housing, employment, insurance, or credit. It highlights some of the obstacles consumers face at the intersection of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act and considers alternative proposals to provide fair and accurate information relating to consumer debts while also preventing the harm that results from consumer reporting of unfair collection litigation.

Suggested Citation

Spector, Mary, Where the FCRA Meets the FDCPA: The Impact of Unfair Collection Practices on the Credit Report (2013). Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law Policy, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2013; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 132. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359005

Mary Spector (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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