Pittman v. Experian Information Solutions | 6th Circuit holds that failing to report a trial modification plan can constitute incomplete reporting under FCRA

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Pittman v. Experian Information Solutions | 6th Circuit holds that failing to report a trial modification plan can constitute incomplete reporting under FCRA

Pittman v. Experian Information Solutions | 6th Circuit holds that failing to report a trial modification plan can constitute incomplete reporting under FCRA

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6th Circuit holds that failing to report a trial modification plan can constitute incomplete reporting under FCRA

On August 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit held that a borrower met the requirements necessary for a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claim to proceed when two mortgage servicers failed to report the existence of a trial modification plan when reporting the borrower was delinquent to reporting agencies. In 2014, a borrower brought an action against three credit reporting agencies and two mortgage servicers alleging, among other claims, violations of the FCRA due to payments being reported as past due while successfully making payments under a trial modification plan (also referred to as a Trial Period Plan, or “TPP”) and working towards a permanent modification. Regarding the FCRA claim, the 6th Circuit reversed the lower court’s decision granting the servicers’ motion for summary judgment, finding that the borrower met the statutory requirements for an FCRA claim because failing to report the existence of a TPP can constitute “incomplete reporting” in violation of the statute. The 6th Circuit rejected the servicers’ argument that the Home Affordable Modification Program guidelines “encouraged, but did not require” that they report a TPP. The court acknowledged this distinction but noted that “[r]eporting that [a borrower] was delinquent on his loan payments without reporting the TPP implies a much greater degree of financial irresponsibility than was present here.” The court remanded the case to the district court to determine whether the servicers conducted a reasonable investigation after the borrower disputed the reporting

Buckley Sandler InfoBytes- Pittman v. Experian, Et Al 6th Circuit Opinion 2018.08.23 by DinSFLA on Scribd

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