Write to both companies again. Include the proof that you have paid in full. Send the letters certified mail/return receipt. Give both companies a short window to respond. A week or so. Wait another week if no response. Send a small claims court form filled out if no response. Give a short window again to remove or you will file.
Send a copy of the first letters to the credit reporting agencies that are reporting these creditors after your get the green cards back and the time has run out. Good luck.
You must first, before bringing civil action asserting violations of the reporting requriments of the FCRA, file a dispute of the accuracy of the reporting with the CRA. If they then verify the accuracy of their reporting, you have the right to bring civil action on the basis of their lack of reasonable investigation of your dispute, but not on their having reported inaccurate information per se.
See FCRA 623(c).
I would recommend filing a dispute with the CRA before initiating a civil action, which will then provide you a legal basis for civil action.
@RobertEG Thank you for your advice as well. I have been looking into it but the CRAs have been violating this and they don't care. However I will try with 623c.
In a dispute resolution, the CRA forwards to the furnisher, requiring the furnisher to conduct a reasonable investigation, and refer their results back to the CRA.
If they verify, that verification is subject to private civil action, and thus judcial review per FCRA 623(c). They cannot ignore the court.
Additionally, FCRA 616 provides for both actual and punitive damages if you can show willful noncompliance by verification when their investigation shows otherwise.
One applies for credit gets turned down and the prevailing thought is not to accept the decline , but to call the recon/backdoor number. One can follow "the process" or one can try a method that is less time consuming and puts the impetus on the reporting party . It has worked for me and others.