COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Experian®, announced that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously in favor of Experian, confirming earlier decisions by the district court and a federal jury in a lawsuit brought by FICO against Experian, Equifax, TransUnion and VantageScore Solutions, LLC, challenging the VantageScore and PLUS Score credit scoring services.

The Eighth Circuit upheld District Judge Ann Montgomery’s July 2009 decision in the United States District Court in Minneapolis, which dismissed FICO’s antitrust, false advertising, and breach of contract claims made in a lawsuit filed in 2006.  The appeals court further upheld the 12 person jury’s unanimous rejection of FICO’s trademark claims at trial. Of critical importance was the jury’s finding that FICO’s alleged “300-850” score-range trademark was obtained through fraud on the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

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