Third Circuit Adopts “Reasonable Reader” Standard Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

On August 8, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of three actions brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1681 through 1681x) (“FCRA”), adopting a “reasonable reader” standard and holding that delinquent “Pay Status” notations referring to closed accounts are historical information, not reflecting current delinquencies, which are accurate in light of other clarifying language in the credit reports. Bibbs v. Trans Union LLC, 43 F.4th 331 (3d Cir. 2022).

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