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Case Name Accessible Credit Reports Agreement DR-CA-0009
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Case Summary
In April 2005, attorneys representing individuals who were blind or visually impaired entered into structured negotiations with Equifax Information Services LLC ("Equifax"), Experian Information Solutions, Inc. ("Experian"), and TransUnion LLC ("TransUnion"). In September 2005, the parties entered ... read more >
In April 2005, attorneys representing individuals who were blind or visually impaired entered into structured negotiations with Equifax Information Services LLC ("Equifax"), Experian Information Solutions, Inc. ("Experian"), and TransUnion LLC ("TransUnion"). In September 2005, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, three credit report companies agreed to take affirmative steps to make sure that blind people could read the credit reports that they received from these companies. On-line reports were to meet standards set by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium. Credit reports would also be made available in Braille, Large Print, and on audio CD. The agreement was signed with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), the California Council of the Blind (CCB), and other blind people.

As of December 31, 2008, credit reports are now available from all three credit reporting companies in accessible formats.

Kristen Sagar - 05/12/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Equifax Information Services LLC
Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
TransUnion LLC
Plaintiff Description individuals who are blind or visually impaired
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2005 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links Missouri P&A and Scaletty v. Carnahan
http://www.bazelon.org/missouri-pa-and-scaletty-v-carnahan/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
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General Documents
Settlement Agreement
DR-CA-0009-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 09/01/2005
Source: Lainey Feingold website
Accessible Credit Reports Press Release
DR-CA-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/23/2008
Source: Lainey Feingold website
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dardarian, Linda M. (California)
DR-CA-0009-0001
Feingold, Lainey [Elaine] (California)
DR-CA-0009-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Goerss, Richard G (Georgia)
DR-CA-0009-0001

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