Category Archives: Blog/Litigation Stats

WebRecon Stats for May 2019: FCRA Down, Everything Else Up (and the unexpected resurgence of a familiar name)

Quick analysis: For the second time in three months, FDCPA and TCPA lawsuit numbers rose (2.8%, 13.4%, respectively) while FCRA dipped (-6.9%) from the previous month. That goes counter to the longer term trends we have been seeing that make a case for the opposite (FCRA up, FDCPA & TCPA down). At least it did until…

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WebRecon Stats for April 2019: Lawsuits up, YTD trends remain the same

Quick analysis: Lawsuits up, YTD trends remain the same. For the first time since January, all lawsuit categories were up in April (FDCPA +11.5%, FCRA +22.3%, TCPA +1.7%) though CFPB complaints were down (fairly dramatically at -21.3%) from the prior month. FDCPA (-8.3%) and TCPA (10.9%) are still trending down YTD while FCRA is back trending…

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WebRecon Stats for Mar 2019: ​Upside Down & Inside Out

Quick analysis: Upside Down & Inside Out So, when is the last time FDCPA and TCPA lawsuits were up while FCRA lawsuits were down? (spoiler alert… you have to go back a full year, to March 2018). Defying all trends for the last couple of years, March 2019 did just that… with robust gains in…

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WebRecon Stats for Feb 2019: Keep on keeping on

Quick analysis: Keep on keeping on. February 2019 showed the new year is, so far, continuing the trends from 2018. FCRA, CFPB complaints are up. TCPA, FDCPA complaints are down. BBB reporting lags too far behind the other categories to make any sense in the grid, but year over year complaints against creditors and debt collectors are…

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WebRecon Stats for Jan 2019: Out of the Gate

Quick analysis: Well, it looks like 2019 begins with a screech out of the gates. In January, all three of the main consumer statutes we track (FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA) were up significantly over December 2018. But only FCRA was also up over January 2018 as well. FDCPA was up +25.8% over Dec, but down -11.9% compared…

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WebRecon Stats for Dec 2018: 2018 Ends With A Whimper

Quick analysis: Well, 2018 ended pretty much along the trajectory it spent much of the year on. FDCPA and TCPA complaints dropped (-7.8% and -13.2% respectively), and FCRA, BBB and CFPB complaints all increased (+4.3%, +11.5% and +5.9% respectively) FDCPA complaints are at their lowest point since 2008, when there were 6117 lawsuits. Is your collection…

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WebRecon Stats for Nov 2018: BBB, BCFP, FCRA Still Growing, FDCPA & TCPA Not So Much

Quick analysis: As the year gets ready to close out, consumer complaint data is staying pretty consistent with patterns established early on. BBB and BCFP complaints have both dramatically increased in 2018 (ignore the red on the “current month” column of the grid, the numbers for those two categories are never really all in until 30-60…

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WebRecon Stats for Oct 2018: Up for the month… mostly down for the year

Quick analysis: Up for the month… mostly down for the year. As the year is getting ready to draw to a close, the trends that have been apparent from early on seem to be cementing in. Lawsuits have been up and down a lot this year, but the overall YTD trend has been pretty clear that…

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WebRecon Stats for Sept 2018: What Goes Up…

… must come down. After the first across-the-board rise in every complaint category (since early 2016) in August, we are now looking at a significant across-the-board drop in every category for September. How significant? Every category is down by double digits, from 16.8% (BCFP complaints) to 31.5% (TCPA complaints). What does this mean? Usually, not…

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WebRecon Stats for August 2018: It’s a Sweep!

Quick analysis: It’s a sweep! For the first time in two and a half years (Feb 2016), every category of complaint we track on a monthly basis (FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, BCFP and even BBB) are up over the previous month. Furthermore, all three lawsuits categories (FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA) are up by significant margins (24.1%, 13.6% and…

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