Can You Sue a Bank for Incorrect Credit Reporting

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15 May, 2024
Daniel Cohen
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man confused by his credit report

Don’t let your bank’s reporting errors cause your score to drop! Here’s how our attorneys can help you recover.

When you choose a bank, you expect your bank to treat your money and your information with care. If your bank reports inaccurate information to credit bureaus, it can cause your credit score to be negatively impacted. If you find yourself fighting your bank to correct errors, keep reading to learn how our firm can help you!

Yes, suing a bank is possible when inaccurate or incomplete information is being reported on your credit report. The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) ensures that reporting agencies and furnishers of credit information, like banks, are truthful and accurate when handling credit disputes and requires that they correct errors immediately. When the FCRA is violated and disputed information is not corrected, consumers can sue the bank, consumer reporting agencies (credit bureaus), and any other entities that played a part in causing them harm. 

How to Sue Your Bank to Correct Your Credit Report

If you want to sue your bank under the FCRA, the process is similar to suing credit bureaus, but there are some nuances. Nevertheless, the steps will be very similar. If your bank is reporting inaccurate and harmful information to credit bureaus that is damaging your credit score, the first steps to take prior to filing a claim is called the dispute process. The dispute process is often an important step in the legal process if you want to sue because it shows that you acted in good faith by trying to fix the errors prior to going to court. Below are the initial steps you can take:

  1. Contact an attorney. You can start the dispute process by contacting credit dispute lawyers who have experience suing banks and credit bureaus.
  2. Get a copy of your credit report. Get a copy of your credit report and verify that there is incorrect information being reported. You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report.
  3. Highlight all errors. Pinpoint all errors you find. Highlighting all errors will help you and your attorney when writing dispute letters.
  4. Write dispute letters. Write a letter that clearly explains the errors you are disputing. You should request that the errors be removed and provide supporting documentation. This step can be tedious because your letters should be written with specificity and include sufficient supporting documents. If you haven’t done so, this would be a good time to contact an attorney. 
  5. Mail dispute letters. We suggest mailing dispute letters via certified mail. Doing so usually requires you to waive fewer rights.
  6. Follow-Up. Most disputes have to be investigated within 30-days. In some cases, it may take less than 30-days. 
  7. File a lawsuit. If you dispute errors and follow up with your bank only to learn that your disputes have been ignored, you can sue your bank for false credit reporting. 

If you decide to file a lawsuit, you should work with consumer protection attorneys who have over 75 years of combined experience winning cases against companies for erroneous reporting. 

Want to Sue Your Bank? Contact Consumer Attorneys!

Contact Consumer Attorneys ASAP! Our team has experience holding parties accountable for false reporting. Our experienced lawyers can handle both the dispute and litigation process for you. We provide invaluable assistance by initiating the dispute process and submitting letters to credit bureaus and data furnishers (banks), negotiating with the bank (when possible), and also filing a lawsuit. 

Contacting Consumer law attorneys can help expedite the dispute process according to FCRA requirements ensuring that errors are quickly corrected and that you get the maximum amount of damages (money) for injuries you’ve sustained.

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Daniel Cohen is the Founder of Consumer Attorneys. Daniel manages the firm’s branding, marketing, client intake and business development efforts. Since 2017, he is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Consumer Law Center. Mr. Cohen is a nationally-recognized practitioner of consumer protection law. He has a wealth of proven legal experience in the US in: collective claims, representing visually impaired people who believe their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated in both the physical and digital environments, corporate governance and dispute resolution. Read more

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