Should consumers be allowed to sue creditors directly (without first notifying the credit bureau) when they refuse to provide accurate information?

Jeffrey Bils, a UCLA law student, has published Fighting Unfair Credit Reports: A Proposal to Give Consumers More Power to Enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act, in the latest UCLA Law Review Discourse. Here's a summary:

Credit reports play a central role in some of our most important transactions, such as
buying a house or car, or even getting a job. Yet an alarming number of credit reports
contain damaging inaccuracies. The primary purpose of the Fair Credit Reporting Act
(FCRA) is to protect consumers against these inaccuracies, but the FCRA also makes
it very difficult for consumers to force creditors to fix errors. In particular, there is no
private right of action to enforce the creditor’s duty of accuracy unless a consumer first
notifies a third party—a consumer reporting agency such as Experian, TransUnion,
or Equifax—and unless that agency in turn notifies the creditor. This structure raises
significant procedural hurdles for a consumer and can make it extremely difficult to
sufficiently plead a cause of action against a creditor. This Essay argues that Congress
should change the law to give consumers the private right of action they now lack.

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