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Guy Named 'God' Finally Settles Lawsuit

Equifax had refused to acknowledge God Gazarov

(Newser) - A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate. Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov's name into its database. The terms... More »

Medical Debt Gets a Break in Credit-Report Overhaul

Big 3 agencies agree to revamp system to better address errors, medical bills

(Newser) - Good news for consumers who've had to play the waiting game to pay off medical debt: The three largest credit-reporting agencies in the US are working together to overhaul their systems to take better care of customer issues and the way medical debt is handled, Reuters reports. In a... More »

Study: 1 in 5 Had Error in Their Credit Reports

But few of the errors would change prices consumers pay

(Newser) - One in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released today. The Federal Trade Commission study also said that 5% of the consumers identified errors in their reports that could lead to them paying more for mortgages, auto... More »

To Dodge Recession, Move to Huntsville

Mid-size cities do better in crunch, have seen lending increase

(Newser) - While big cities and rural areas have taken a beating as the financial crisis unfolds, many mid-size cities have seen consumer lending increase, indicating an economic resilience that other areas lack, the Wall Street Journal reports. In cities with populations around 400,000—like Huntsville, Ala.; McAllen, Texas; and Provo,... More »

New Credit Scores in Play Today

Fair Isaac Corp. hopes new scores will better predict consumer defaults

(Newser) - New credit scores intended to make identifying bad risks easier make their debut today, with TransUnion taking the lead in offering “FICO 08” metrics, reports the Wall Street Journal. The new formula is more forgiving of one-time lapses than its predecessors, but popularizing it may take years, according to... More »

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