A jury recently awarded an Oregon woman $18.6 million after she spent years unsuccessfully trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report.
Julie Miller of Marion County, who was awarded $18.4 million in punitive and $180,000 in compensatory damages, contacted Equifax eight times between 2009 and 2011 in an effort to correct inaccuracies, including erroneous accounts and collection attempts, as well as a wrong Social Security number and birthday. Yet over and over, the lawsuit alleged, the Atlanta-based company failed to correct its mistakes.
Do you have problems with your credit report?
Consumers are eligible to receive a free copy of their credit report every twelve months from each of the top three agencies – www.annualcreditreport.com
If you have a complaint about your credit reports:
- Oregon (877-877-9392)
- Washington (800-551-4636)
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855-411-2372)