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Duncan v Handmaker - suit isn't permissable purpose - US 6th circuit appeals

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Duncan sued Handmaker's client over a dispute over their well that was found to be infested with fecal coliform. During the litigation of that case, Handmaker pulled the Duncan's credit report to use the information during litigation. Duncan figured it out due to deposition questions and Handmaker admitted to it.

Handmaker originally got a MSJ but the appeals court overturns it here. Thus, there's caselaw now showing that opposing parties can't pull your credit reports for litigation purposes as there's not permissable purpose under the law for litigation.

Mischievous Smurfy:
This isn't the only case law on the issue.  At the moment I am having to review all my files.  I had referenced them by statute sections which turns out to still be to broad to quickly reference the cases.  I am having to add notes to each record (500+). 

Anyway, when I run accross the case again I will post it here.

I do remember that it involved a law suit against a dentist (for malpractice as I recall) and Plaintiff attorney pulled credit reports on Dentist and his two daughters "to make sure he was not passing his assets to them".

Plaintiff (errr --- defendant in FCRA suit) was found in violation of FCRA.

Mischievous Smurfy:
Bakker -v- McKinnon 97-3267 8th circuit August 21, 1998

On appeal from DC Western District of Arkansas

District court held "“grossly crossed the line in respect to what is proper in conducting litigation.” The district court awarded each appellee actual damages in the amount of $500 and punitive damages in the amount of $5,000. Id. at 16-17. Subsequently, the district court awarded appellees attorney’s fees and costs.

8th circuit affirmed.


I actually have that one and quite a few more that I need to put up. The archive is only about 1/3 complete at this point. Hopefully I will get the rest up soon.


Any updates for cases on this issue?


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