A U.S. District Court judge in Chicago last week approved a preliminary settlement of a class-action lawsuit against TransUnion that claimed the Chicago-based credit bureau violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it sold marketing lists. TransUnion will provide affected consumers with nine months of free credit reports. The class includes U.S. consumers who had bank- and retailer-issued credit cards between Jan. 1, 1987, and May 28, 2008.

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