An Alabama consumer recently filed suit against Citibank and Compass Bank related to their false reporting of accounts which had been discharged in bankruptcy last year. Citibank and Compass Bank received notice of a bankruptcy and instead of following the law and properly updating the accounts to show that the accounts were discharged in bankruptcy and had a zero balance, they continued to report a current balance of over $9000 for each of the accounts.
We have previously blogged about errors in post-bankruptcy discharge reporting. In other words, oftentimes when you receive a discharge, the creditors refuse to follow the law and instead will either leave a balance (known as “Parking”) or will update the account but refuse to tell the credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) that the account has been discharged and should have a zero balance.
As we often point out, we suggest that everyone should check their credit reports, review them for errors, and dispute them if errors are present. There are situations where it is appropriate to sue before a dispute when it is apparent that the furnisher/creditor has put false information on your report. If you have any questions about any of your discharged accounts and how they should be reporting after bankruptcy, or credit report errors in general, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.