FDCPA & Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, August 2013

Quick analysis: August 2013 saw litigation volumes more or less stabilize at pre-summer levels (after a summer drop), on track to end the year slightly below last year’s numbers. FDCPA litigation was the only category to drop from both last month (-2.3%) and last year (-16%), while FCRA and TCPA both rose significantly over the previous month (July 2013: FCRA +45.7%, TCPA +15.4%) and the same month of the previous year (August 2012: FCRA +22%, TCPA +72%). Year-to-date, FDCPA and FCRA are both down (-5%), while TCPA continues its march to strong growth (+65%).

Full Statistics:

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There were about 1026 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in August 2013. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 868 FDCPA
  • 255 FCRA
  • 165 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 1118 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 373, or (33.4%), had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1974 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 152 different US District Court branches.
  • About 981 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 60 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 53 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 47 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 37 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 35 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
  • 33 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 33 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale
  • 31 Lawsuits: Florida Middle District Court – Tampa
  • 28 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta
  • 27 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Miami

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 50 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 30 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 24 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 24 Consumers: Mary Elizabeth Philipps
  • Representing 22 Consumers: Jason W Barnette
  • Representing 20 Consumers: Angie K Robertson
  • Representing 19 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 18 Consumers: Adam Jon Fishbein
  • Representing 17 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 15 Consumers: John Thomas Steinkamp

Statistics Year to Date: 8368 total lawsuits for 2013, including:

  • 7333 FDCPA
  • 1473 FCRA
  • 1171 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 9049 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 250 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 188 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 167 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 154 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 149 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 135 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 119 Consumers: Mary Elizabeth Philipps
  • Representing 117 Consumers: Angie K Robertson
  • Representing 115 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 111 Consumers: James O Latturner