Greear v. Equifax, Inc.
ORDER denying 6 Motion for Summary Judgment; granting 8 Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge John Corbett O'Meara. (WBar)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
WILLIE J. GREEAR, JR.,
Case No. 13-11896
Hon. John Corbett O’Meara
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT’S
MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Before the court are the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment;
pursuant to L.R. 7.1(f)(2), the court did not hear oral argument.
Plaintiff Willie J. Greear, Jr., filed this action against Defendant Equifax,
Inc., alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Defendant
contends that Plaintiff has sued the wrong party, because Equifax, Inc., is a holding
company, not a consumer reporting agency. See Declaration of Kathryn J. Harris.
According to Kathryn J. Harris, Assistant Vice President, Assistant Corporate
Secretary of Equifax, Inc., Defendant does not engage of the business of
assembling or reporting consumer credit information. See id. at ¶¶ 4-6. Rather,
Equifax Information Services LLC, a subsidiary of Equifax, Inc., is a consumer
reporting agency and maintains Plaintiff’s credit file. Id. at ¶ 11–12.
Although Plaintiff contends that Ms. Harris is not truthful and that “Equifax,
Inc.” does maintain his credit file, he has not provided evidence sufficient to cast
doubt on Ms. Harris’s credibility. Plaintiff himself mailed dispute letters to
“Equifax Info Svc LLC.” See Pl.’s Ex. A. Moreover, several district courts have
granted summary judgment in Equifax, Inc.’s favor, on the grounds that it is not a
consumer reporting agency. See e.g., Slice v. Choicedata Consumer Servs., Inc.,
2005 WL 2030690 (E.D. Tenn. Aug. 23, 2005); Ransom v. Equifax, Inc., 2010 WL
1258084 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 20, 2010); Channing v. Equifax, Inc., 2013 WL 593942
(E.D. N.C. Feb. 15, 2013). Accordingly, the court finds that Defendant Equifax,
Inc., is not a consumer reporting agency subject to the requirements of the FCRA.
Plaintiff cannot, as a matter of law, state a claim against Equifax, Inc., under the
Therefore, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant’s motion for
summary judgment is GRANTED and Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment is
s/John Corbett O’Meara
United States District Judge
Date: April 8, 2014
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties of record on this date, April 8, 2014, using the ECF system and/or ordinary
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