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There is no law requiring people or entities to report to the credit bureaus, the laws only state that IF a party is going to report the credit bureaus then it must do so accurately. Does that answer your question?
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Yes, they can report negative non-payments if that is in fact true and it does not matter that it is because you are withholding payments due to a lawsuit. However, having them change those negative non-payment entries to paid on time as a settlement in a lawsuit can certainly happen.
The law covering this is: The Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 (“FCRA”). Any reasonable google search on this topic will produce a ton of information including many links to the actual laws themselves.
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