Category Archives: Blog/Litigation Stats

WebRecon Stats for Aug 2019: They don’t call it “Fall” for nuthin’…

Quick analysis: They don’t call it “Fall” for nuthin’… After everything (FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA) was up by double-digit percentages last month, everything is down by double-digit percentages this month. Well, almost. FDCPA had to be difficult and mess up my sweeping allegory by keeping its toe just under the line at 9.9%. But with that one…

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WebRecon Stats for July 2019: Forget Doldrums… Summer Pops!

Quick analysis: Everything litigation-related moved up in July for the first time since January. FDCPA, TCPA and FCRA were all up between 11%-16% over the previous month. YTD, all three either increased their percentages over 2018 (FCRA from from +2% to +6.5%) or decreased their negative percentages (FDCPA from -7.5% to -7% and TCPA from -12.7%…

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WebRecon Stats for June 2019: Summer Doldrums?

Quick analysis: Litigation for June 2019 followed a now-familiar path, with FDCPA and TCPA dipping significantly down from the previous month (-29.2% and -26.4% respectively) while FCRA increased +8.4%. Year-to-date shows the same trends, but more moderated with FDCPA -7.5%, FCRA +2% and TCPA -12.7%. CFPB complaints are also showing a dip, down -2.5% from the…

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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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