FDCPA and Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, January 1-15, 2012
Quick analysis: FDCPA and TCPA lawsuits are down, FCRA and TILA lawsuits are up.
FDCPA lawsuits are starting the year off slow (377 this period compared to 431 in the same period last year). FCRA looks to be continuing its solid growth (66 this period compared to 57 in the same period last year). TCPA starts out a bit down (18 this period compared to 27 in the same period last year). However, look for TCPA to become more of a threat in coming months due to a favorable court decision last week that will almost certainly result in more TCPA lawsuits filed in US District Courts. TILA is up as well (48 this period compared to 38 in the same period last year).
18% of plaintiffs this period were repeat litigants, and the most active attorney was Sergei Lemberg, representing 16 consumers.
There were about 409 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the first half of January 2012. Here is an approximate breakdown:
• 377 FDCPA
• 66 FCRA
• 18 TCPA
• 48 TILA
• Of those cases, there were about 465 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
• Of those plaintiffs, about 129, or 18%, had sued under consumer statutes before.
• Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 749 lawsuits since 2001
• Actions were filed in 121 different US District Court branches.
• About 447 different collection firms and creditors were sued.
The top courts where lawsuits were filed:
• 21 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Western Division – Los Angeles
• 18 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
• 17 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
• 16 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
• 14 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
• 12 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
• 11 Lawsuits: New York Western District Court – Buffalo
• 10 Lawsuits: Texas Northern District Court – Dallas
• 9 Lawsuits: New Jersey District Court – Newark
• 9 Lawsuits: Connecticut District Court – New Haven
The most active consumer attorneys were:
• Representing 16 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
• Representing 15 Consumers: Joseph M Meinhardt
• Representing 12 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel
• Representing 12 Consumers: Michael D Shaffer
• Representing 9 Consumers: Tammy L Hussin
• Representing 8 Consumers: Samuel A Ehrenfeld
• Representing 7 Consumers: Brad J Davidzik
• Representing 7 Consumers: Jody B Burton
• Representing 7 Consumers: Alex D Weisberg
• Representing 7 Consumers: David J Philipps
Statistics Year to Date: (same as above, as this was the first reporting period of 2012)