July 1, 2013 | dan Question: A credit card company got a judgment against me. I paid it. Can I get it off my credit? Answer: Under Illinois law a person who has paid a judgment, or obtained a release or satisfaction, is entitled to have the judgment vacated and the case dismissed. This has to be done by filing a motion with the court. If a judgment is vacated, it can no longer be reported on your credit report. Send a copy of the order vacating the judgment to the 3 main credit bureaus with a letter requesting removal. This does not affect the “tradeline” for the debt on which the judgment is based. It will show as a paid or settled collection item until 7 years after chargeoff / 7.5 years from the default that led to chargeoff.