New Jersey Sued for Requiring Credit Reports in 11 Languages


The state of New Jersey is being sued over a new law that requires credit bureaus to make credit reports available in Spanish and 10 additional languages. reports the Consumer Data Industry Association filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

The suit claims the law violates the First Amendment by “compelling speech” in other languages.

Chi Chi Wu, an attorney with the nonprofit National Consumer Law Center, criticized the bureaus for filing the suit instead of “providing access to tens of thousands of New Jerseyans with limited English skills.”

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has been authorized to begin the process of selecting the list of languages. The list was not immediately available.