Woman wins $18.6 million for battle over credit report
July 29 , 2013
Julie Miller of Marion County, who spent two years unsuccessfully trying to get major mistakes on her credit report fixed by Equifax Information Services was awarded $18.4 million in punitive damages and $180,000 in compensatory damages by a federal jury in Oregon.
Miller had reportedly contacted Equifax eight times between 2009 and 2011 but the company failed to correct the mistakes she reported including errors in her accounts and those related to her Social Security number and birthday. Justin Baxter, a Portland attorney who worked on her case pointed at the damage this had done to her reputation. "She has a brother who is disabled and who can't get credit on his own, and she wasn't able to help him," he said.
Miller had also found similar errors in her reports with other credit bureaus but those companies had corrected their mistakes.
Tim Klein, an Equifax spokesman, refused to comment on the specifics of the case.