FDCPA & Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, June 2013

Quick analysis: Numbers continue their mid-year tumble as FDCPA, FCRA and TCPA all showed significant declines for the second month in a row. In addition to falling from the previous month, FDCPA is now down 4% over the previous year – dipping below 2012 numbers for the first time this year. TCPA is the only category that is still aggressively up over last year, but by a smaller percentage than last month as well (May was 74% over May YTD 2012, June is 61% over  June YTD in 2012). The trend – if continued – is very likely going to cause full 2013 numbers to be lower than they were in 2012.

Full Statistics:

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There were about 823 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in June 2013. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 678 FDCPA
  • 143 FCRA
  • 105 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 944 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 334, or (35.4%), had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1592 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 137 different US District Court branches.
  • About 715 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 53 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 42 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 33 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 32 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
  • 27 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 27 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 22 Lawsuits: New York Southern District Court – Foley Square
  • 21 Lawsuits: Maryland District Court – Baltimore
  • 21 Lawsuits: New York Western District Court – Buffalo
  • 21 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 25 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 23 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 20 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 19 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 18 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 17 Consumers: James O Latturner
  • Representing 17 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 15 Consumers: Seth Andrews
  • Representing 14 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 13 Consumers: John Thomas Steinkamp

Statistics Year to Date: 6322 total lawsuits for 2013, including:

  • 5522 FDCPA
  • 1038 FCRA
  • 859 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 6956 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 203 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 182 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 152 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 135 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 127 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 120 Consumers: Mary Elizabeth Philipps
  • Representing 111 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 107 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 103 Consumers: James O Latturner
  • Representing 101 Consumers: Jody Berke Burton