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Month: August 2016

State law defamation preempted except in the case of malice or willful intent to injure

Ross v. FDIC, 625 F.3d 808 (4th Cir 2010) The Plaintiff’s ex-husband originally took out a mortgage loan, though ultimately quit-claimed his interest to his Plaintiff prior to their marriage. At some point after the two were married,the relationship soured and the Plaintiff obtained a protective order against her ex-husband. As part of the divorce, the Plaintiff obtained an order naming her as the property’s owner, though her ex-husband retained sole responsibility for the loan. Ross contacted Washington Mutual (the original servicer) about this arrangement and confirmed that she still received the mortgage statements and the 1098 tax deduction forms.

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Damages under the Fair Credit Reporting Act include economic damages as well as damages for humiliation and mental distress

Robinson v. Equifax Info. Servs., LLC, 560 F.3d 235 (4th Cir. 2009) Ms. Robinson had her identity stolen and the thief opened up fraudulent accounts in her name and under Ms. Robinson’s social security number.  Shortly after discovering that she had been a victim, Ms. Robinson filed a police report, called the Federal Trade Commission hotline and opened a case, and spent the next five months trying to correct the mistakes on her credit report. Equifax mistakenly placed Robinson’s address and social security number on three credit files established by the identify thief, each of which contained derogatory credit accounts.

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