Summary: H.R.458 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.458. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (01/07/1987)

Credit Repair Organizations Act - Amends the Consumer Credit Protection Act to prohibit any credit repair organization (any person who provides a service for the purpose of improving a consumer's credit record) from: (1) charging or receiving any money prior to the completion of its services (unless it has obtained a $50,000 surety bond); (2) charging or receiving money solely for the referral of a customer to a retailer if the credit which may be extended to the buyer is upon substantially the same terms as those available to the general public; (3) advising any client to make an untrue or misleading statement; and (4) using any untrue or misleading statement.

Requires the organization to provide the consumer with a written disclosure statement which includes a description of: (1) the consumer's rights; (2) the services to be provided by the organization; and (3) the total amount the consumer will be charged. Sets forth contract requirements and the rights of the consumer with regard to cancellation of such contract.

Subjects any organization which fails to comply with any provision of this Act to civil liability. Grants any appropriate U.S. district court jurisdiction in such actions (without regard to the amount in controversy). Provides a two year statute of limitations for such actions (unless the defendant has willfully misrepresented any information required under this Act).

Provides for the administrative enforcement of this Act by the Federal Trade Commission, as provided in the Federal Trade Commission Act.