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U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mike Scarcella/ALM)

In the months before revealing a data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of nearly half the adult U.S. population, Equifax Inc. turned to the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington to help convince U.S. lawmakers to reduce penalties for companies that violated the federal fair credit-reporting law.

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