Bacharach v. Suntrust Mortgage, Inc., No. 15-31009 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against SunTrust under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. 1681, alleging that she suffered actual damages and emotional distress due to erroneous information from her credit reports. The district court granted summary judgment to SunTrust. The court concluded that the district court did not err in categorizing these real estate investment losses as related to a failed “commercial business transaction[ ]” that falls outside the scope of the FCRA. The court also concluded that plaintiff points to no evidence that the denial of home loan repairs was actually caused by SunTrust’s conduct. Finally, the court concluded that plaintiff is not entitled to emotional distress damages where the only evidence of emotional distress that plaintiff points to is her own vague and conclusory deposition testimony. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.