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Spouse Standing to Sue: Middlebrooks, Koropoulos

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 5:19 pm
by Administrator
In Middlebrooks v. Retail Credit Co., 416 F.Supp. 1013 [U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. 1976], the court held the wife had standing to sue because even though defendant-bureau’s file had husband’s name on it, the report related to and affected the wife and had information in it concerning her. It was also the wife’s file, said the court.

In Koropoulos v. Credit Bureau, Inc., 734 F.2d 37 [D.C. Cir. 1984], the court held the wife had standing to sue because the husband’s report had a bearing upon wife’s credit worthiness. Further, it was not illegal for a credit bureau to supply the husband’s credit report to the wife’s creditor or potential creditor “because it would constitute a consumer report on [wife].” Id. At 46.