AM! JURY AWARDS MAN $2.5M IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES AGAINST OCWEN FOR WILLFULLY VIOLATING THE FCRA

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DAUGHERTY v. OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC

U.S. District Courtcase number 5:14-cv-24506

BECKLEY – A Wood County man will receive more than $2.5 million after a federal jury said a mortgage service company didn’t investigate his repeated disputes of his credit report.

A federal jury on May 23 awarded $6,128.39 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages to David M. Daugherty of Vienna. He had sued Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC and EquifaxInformation Services LLC in Raleigh County in 2014. The defendants had the case removed to federal court.

After a six-day trial before Judge Irene Berger, the jury ruled in favor of Daugherty, saying Ocwen willfully violated the Fair Credit and Reporting Act. One component of that act requires that a company investigate all disputes. Daugherty had filed several disputes with Ocwen after receiving Equifax credit reports showing him behind on his mortgage payment.

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