July 31, 2013

Woman Wins $18.6 Lawsuit Against Credit Bureau

Julie miller won big in court. 18.6 million. Rebecca jarvis here with that. Persistence really paid off here.

Reporter: It did pay off here. A lot of people know this frustration. They're a key to getting a loan, a credit card, a home, a job.

And one in four credit reports contains errors. This morning, a battle with equifax, with a win for the little guy. She is the face of consumers, winning and big.

There was incorrect information. 40 debt collector information. And incorrect social security and birth dates.

Reporter: Eight times between 2009 and 2011, julie miller says she contacted credit bureau equifax, filling out paperwork, even highlighting mistakes. After all that, she claims eqiufax never corrected the errors. Several times they mailed a standard form they have that requested more information.

Yet, there was no change to any of the information. Reporter: She says the errors cost her credit at two banks. So, she finally sued the credit bureau.

An oregon jury says she's entitled to one of the biggest settlements er. An $18. 6 million award.

I was shocked by the settlement. Reporter: Experts say credit bureaus should listen up. It's almost a message to the credit bureaus, you better get this information straight because consumers have recognized how important it is.

And they're doing a better job of keeping on top of this information. Reporter: Equifax, won't say whether it disputes miller's claim. But told abc news, we are very disappointed in the jury verdict and are exploring our options.

The consume earp did their job. However, somebody dropped the ball. That's why you're seeing such a huge punitive award.

Reporter: Miller hopes it's a wake-up call. They're sending information to companies all over the world. It can affect your credit and your scores and your life.

Reporter: Now, the only way to protect your report is to check it for free once a year at annualreport. Com. And if you see errors, report them to the credit bureau and the to banks.


The above statements do not represent those of Weston Legal or Michael Weston and they have not been reviewed for accuracy. The statements have been published by a third party and are being linked to by our website only because they contain information relating to debt. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice given by Weston Legal or Michael Weston. To view the source of the article, please following the link to the website that published the article. Articles written by Michael W. Weston can be viewed here: To report any problem with this article please email



5001 Bissonnet,
Suite 200
Bellaire, Texas 77401

Phone 713.623.4242
Fax 866-579-6411
Principal Office
Email Email
9901 I.H. 10 West
Suite 800
San Antonio, Texas 78230

Phone 210.787.3539
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email
106 E. Sixth Street
Suite 900
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone 512.782.4377
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email
320 Decker Drive ,
Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75062

Phone 214.329.9837
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email






2202 N West Shore Blvd,
Ste 200
Tampa, FL 33607

Phone 813.227.4965
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email
841 Prudential Drive,
12th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Phone 904.380.6922
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email
618 East South Street
Ste 500
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone 407.241.2380
by appointment only
Email Email
1111 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL

Phone 305.913.3725
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email




2375 East Camelback Road
Suite 600
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Phone 602.308.0300
Fax 866-579-6411
by appointment only
Email Email