TransUnion Confused Customers With Crooks, Jury Hears

Law360, San Francisco (June 14, 2017, 6:09 PM EDT) -- A corporate representative for TransUnion conceded Tuesday in California federal court that one of the company's databases conflated consumers with similarly named terrorists and criminals from a government watch list, bolstering plaintiffs' claims in an $8 million class action over alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations.

Colleen Gill, a former project manager at TransUnion LLC, testified Tuesday that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, many companies wanted to check consumers against the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control database, which lists terrorists, drug traffickers and other criminals.

"When the Patriot Act was announced in October 2001, a...

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