CHICAGO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington has granted Trans Union Corp.'s request for a stay of a Federal Trade Commission order that required the company to halt its sales of direct-marketing lists.

In October, the FTC told Trans Union, a provider of consumer credit information, to stop selling lists of consumers to companies that want to solicit new customers. The FTC maintains that the business violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act, because the names of consumers come from Trans Union data bases that should be used only for making firm offers of credit to consumers.

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