Verizon Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Verizon, claiming the cellular company checks consumer credit reports without permission.
Plaintiff Scott Mathews says he does not have an account with Verizon or has never inquired about their services or initiated opening a Verizon account. Regardless of this complete lack of any business relationship, Verizon allegedly checked his credit without his consent.
He discovered the credit check back in September 2018 while routinely checking his credit report. This is something everyone should do periodically, to make sure that everything is in order.
It gets worse. Verizon then sent him a letter saying saying that an account had been opened in his name. So Mathews was forced to “expend time, resources, and effort” to resolve the situation that he claims was not his fault.
Verizon’s alleged actions violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act by pulling credit information on consumers without their consent. The law requires businesses to obtain authorization from consumers before pulling credit reports.
But this was not a lone occurrence. The Verizon class action references several online complaints from consumers who allegedly had accounts opened with the cellular company without their consent.
The Verizon Credit Check Class Action Lawsuit is Mathews v. Verizon Communications Inc., Case No. 3:19-cv-21442, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.