Entries by Hays Lawson

A Good Overview of Problems and Developments in Credit Reporting

The American Banker recently published a good and informative article with an overview of problems and recent developments in the credit reporting industry. There’s nothing new in the article, but it’s a good read for talking points. I particularly liked the description of the FCRA “dispute process as a virtual merry-go-round of frustration.” The article […]

Who is Southwest Credit Systems, LP?

Southwest Credit Systems, LP (“Southwest”) is a debt collection company located in Carrollton, Texas. A quick search of the web reveals multiple complaints about Southwest and its collection methods. It appears, at least in Kentucky, that Southwest collects a lot of telecommunications debt from companies such as AT&T and Windstream Communications, Inc. One of Southwest’s favorite […]

Three Common Mistakes than can Hurt your Credit Score

U.S Money just published a good article on Four Mistakes that can Hurt your Credit Score. I’m going to focus on just the first three, because the fourth was simply to routinely check your consumer credit reports. But if you’re not regular monitoring your credit report, chances are that you’ve already caught any of the […]

Standing to Foreclose in KY Requires the Plaintiff to Prove Possession of the Note at the Time Suit is Filed

In a rare win for Kentucky consumers, the Kentucky Supreme Court denied discretionary review in the case of Acuff v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which could prove to be a very important foreclosure case. The facts of Acuff are fairly simple. The bank, Wells Fargo, filed a foreclosure complaint against the Acuffs. Wells Fargo attached a copy of the note […]

Credit Reporting Agency Changes means an End to Parking Debts on Credit Reports

The new credit reporting overhaul and changes means the end of parking debts on credit reports. The recent settlement agreement between the New York Attorney General’s office and the three major consumer credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union—will result in many benefits for consumers. One benefit that’s not getting much discussion is that collections that […]

Student Loan Bill of Rights

On March 10, 2015, President Obama introduced the Student Aid Bill of Rights; another executive action to deal with student loan debt. Read the official Memorandum. The Student Loan of Bill Rights makes some important changes to student loans and the collection student. Joshua R. I. Coehn is a prominent consumer lawyer in the area […]

Remove Judgments from your Credit Report

Lawson at Law, PLLC can help you remove judgments on discharged debts from your credit report. A bankruptcy discharge “voids any judgment at any time obtained, to the extent that such judgment is a determination of the personal liability of the debtor with respect to any debt discharged under” the bankruptcy code. 11 U.S.C. § […]

Harrell v. Unifund CCR Partners

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Kentucky consumers in the recent, to-be-published case of Harrell v. Unifund CCR Partners. Harrell holds quite reasonably that a debt collector cannot assess, accrue, and collect interest on a debt for time period before it acquires the debt. The was my case. Harrell v. Unifund – […]

The difference between using a debit and credit cards

Surprisingly, it does make a difference. The most important thing you need to know is that using a debit card does cannot help improve your credit score. This is because, with a debit card, you are not borrowing money like you would with a credit card. Unlike with a credit card, you don’t get a […]