Verizon Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit against Verizon claims that the cellular company checks consumer credit reports without permission. Plaintiff Scott Mathews says he does not have an account with Verizon and has never inquired about their services. Still, Verizon allegedly checked Mathews’ credit without his consent.
He noticed the inquiry in September 2018 while routinely checking his credit report. Then later that month, he received a letter from Verizon that an account had been opened in his name.
Mathews states that he never opened an account with the company and was forced to “expend time, resources, and effort” to resolve the situation that he claims was not his fault. According to Mathews, Verizon violates 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.
The Verizon class action lawsuit also references several online complaints from consumers who allegedly had accounts opened with the cellular company without their consent. Mathews seeks to hold Verizon accountable for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act and aims to represent a Class of individuals who had a credit inquiry performed by Verizon without authorization within the last five years.
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.