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Can a company display business bad debts on line to the

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Can a company display business bad debts on line to the public if the creditor is the complaining party against a debtor after exhausting all efforts to collect the debt?
Thus creating a profile of deadbeats that continue to use fraud in obtaining goods and services with no intention of paying for them.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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A collection agency cannot. Doing this is illegal under FDCPA's 15 U.S.C. § 1692(d) - "publishing the consumer's name or address on a "bad debt" list." However, under federal law, this limitation does not apply to the creditor, only the collection agency.

But depending on the state, some state laws may disallow this as well for the creditor. If you tell me what state this is in, I can check.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This would be on the Internet so it would be worldwide.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

It would depend on:

-what state the company is in, and

-what state the debtor is in.

Even if this is online.

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Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
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