E-Loan Inc., which flouted rules of Fair, Isaac & Co. by offering free credit scores to consumers, last week found itself cut off from its data altogether by Equifax, the company that had provided its information.

A fourth company, Credit InfoNet of Davenport, Iowa, got caught in the middle of the fight and was also frozen out from data after it denied Equifax's request to sever its links to E-Loan, an online lender based in Dublin, Calif.

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