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You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. SmithMarco, P.C., has over 30 years of combined experience practicing law protecting the rights of consumers around the country.

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Snacking Giant Pays in Background Check Lawsuit

Last month, Frito-Lay, Inc., one of the largest snack food manufacturers, generating over $1 billion in sales over the past year, agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for improper handling of background checks.Read More...

No Credit, No Problem?

Have you ever applied for credit and been rejected because you have no credit?  Getting approved for credit is next to impossible when you have little to no credit history.  This cycle seems impossible to overcome, because if you have no credit, how are you going to get approved based upon your credit history?  So while no credit is not the same as bad credit, following these simple steps to getting credit will help you build a credit history and set yourself up for the future.Read More...

Video: Credit Report Types & Debt Collection Scams

Join Larry Smith, consumer protection attorney and co-founder of SmithMarco P.C. for this episode of "Credit Talk" on Chicago Access Network Television. Larry discusses how to access and dispute incorrect information on all of you credit and background reports, not just the credit reports from the three large credit reporting agencies. He also talks about how to recognize and avoid debt collection scams, which are on the rise, along with other credit topics.Read More...

Video: How to Dispute a Merged Credit Report

Join SmithMarco's own consumer rights attorney, Larry Smith, on Chicago Access Network Televisiton (CAN TV) for this episode of "Credit Talk."  Larry Smith discusses your rights when denied credit or employment based on a merged credit file. A merged credit file occurs when people have similar names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and social security numbers and their credit information and background check information gets mixed up by the credit reporting agencies.Read More...