FDCPA & Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, Jan 2013

Quick analysis:  Well, this was the first month of 2013, and so far there is no indication that 2013 will be much different than 2012. FDCPA and FCRA remained at predictable levels, though there is a slightly higher than expected trajectory for TCPA litigation so far. As the fastest growing segment, many industry watchers will be keeping a close eye on TCPA over the coming year.

 

Comparisons:

Current Period

Previous Period

Previous Year Comp

Jan 1 – 31, 2013

Dec 1 – 31, 2012

Jan 1 – 31, 2012

 

FDCPA lawsuits

932

872

6.9%

867

7%

FCRA lawsuits

155

160

-3.1%

175

-11%

TCPA lawsuits

153

123

24.4%

84

82%

 

YTD FDCPA lawsuits

932

867

7%

YTD FCRA lawsuits

155

175

-11%

YTD TCPA lawsuits

153

84

82%

There were about 1079 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the  half of January 2013. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 932 FDCPA
  • 155 FCRA
  • 153 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 1210 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 366, or 30%, had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 2186 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 167 different US District Court branches.
  • About 754 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

 

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 66 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 51 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 49 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 43 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 35 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
  • 34 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 31 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 30 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 26 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta
  • 24 Lawsuits: Missouri Eastern District Court – St. Louis – Eastern Division

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 32 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 30 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 30 Consumers: Thomas Espinosa
  • Representing 25 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 24 Consumers: James O Latturner
  • Representing 23 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 23 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 20 Consumers: Mark L Vavreck
  • Representing 19 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 18 Consumers: David J Philipps

Statistics Year to Date:

1079 total lawsuits for 2013, including:

  • 932 FDCPA
  • 155 FCRA
  • 153 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 1210 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 32 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 30 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 30 Consumers: Thomas Espinosa
  • Representing 25 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 24 Consumers: James O Latturner
  • Representing 23 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 23 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 20 Consumers: Mark L Vavreck
  • Representing 19 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 18 Consumers: David J Philipps