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Liz Weston: Black marks fall off credit reports in July

Starting July 1, the credit scores of up to 14 million people could begin to rise as credit reports are scrubbed of nearly all civil judgments and many tax liens.

Consumer advocates hail the data's deletion as a long-overdue victory for people whose scores were unfairly dinged by inaccurate information. Others worry the changes could inflate the scores of risky borrowers and have a catastrophic impact on lenders.

People shouldn't expect an immediate jump in their scores, however.

On July 1, the three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — will exclude new records of civil judgments and tax liens that don't have minimum identifying information...

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