Jay Fleischman discusses whether the failure to correct a credit report after a bankruptcy discharge is really a violation of the discharge injunction. I have experienced two very real examples of how the continued reporting of discharged debt shadows a debtor’s fresh start.
The first is in the insidious use of credit scores for pricing of insurance. I find no linkage between credit worthiness and insurance claims. It appears to me to be a situation where Fair Isaacs, or other providers of credit scores, has sold insurers on the idea. Why should the insurers resist? It gives them a reason to increase premiums.
More distasteful in my mind is the situation where a homeowner has a refinance or home purchase in process. When the lender finds a credit report still studded with apparently unpaid debt, the would be borrower must chose between paying the discharged debt or losing the loan. Nice work for the creditor: do nothing, even when the law requires you to report correctly, and garner money to which you have no right.