Shreveport, LA asked in Consumer Law for Louisiana

Q: Is there any law against being reported deceased by a company and this information disseminated?

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Samuel John Ford
Samuel John Ford
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: You may have a cause of action depending on a few factors:

1) who is reporting the inaccurate information? If the company qualifies as a credit reporting agency, you may have a right of action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. If not, other laws may protect you.

2) Who was the information disseminated to? This could bring in other laws.

3) have you been financially injured by this inaccurate information? The US Supreme Court is currently deciding whether a consumer has a cause of action based on a similar claim where the consumer cannot show that the inaccurate information actually injured him. While such inaccurate information certainly could cause injury, you may need to show that it actually has hurt you in some way.

I recommend talking to a consumer attorney in your area about the details of your situation.

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