FDCPA and Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, May 1-15, 2012

 

Quick analysis:聽 FDCPA lawsuits continue their struggle to keep pace with last year, while FCRA and TCPA continue strong growth over previous years. It is beginning to look like FDCPA litigation may have peaked in 2011 for the time being, though a few more months of analysis will provide a stronger basis for that theory.


Comparisons:

Current Period

Previous Period

Previous Year Comp

.

May 1 – 15, 2012

April 16 – 30, 2012

May 1 – 15, 2011

         
FDCPA lawsuits

443

550

-19.50%

532

-16.70%

FCRA lawsuits

109

81

34.60%

46

137.00%

TCPA lawsuits

42

41

2.40%

13

223.10%

TILA lawsuits

23

31

-25.80%

86

-73.30%

         
YTD FDCPA lawsuits

4102

   

4299

-4.60%

YTD FCRA lawsuits

857

   

489

75.30%

YTD TCPA lawsuits

383

   

198

93.40%

YTD TILA lawsuits

319

   

521

-38.80%

 

Full Statistics: There were about 526 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the first half of May 2012. Here is an approximate breakdown:

路聽443 FDCPA

路聽109 FCRA

路聽42 TCPA

路聽23 TILA

 

Summary:

路聽Of those cases, there were about 557 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).

路聽Of those plaintiffs, about 182, or 33%, had sued under consumer statutes before.

路聽Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1109 lawsuits since 2001

路聽Actions were filed in 118 different US District Court branches.

路聽About 605 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

 

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

路聽32 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn

路聽30 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago

路聽27 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver

路聽26 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Western Division – Los Angeles

路聽19 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia

路聽13 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit

路聽12 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego

路聽12 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta

路聽11 Lawsuits: Missouri Eastern District Court – St. Louis – Eastern Division

路聽10 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Southern Division – Santa Ana

 

The most active consumer attorneys were:

路聽Representing 17 Consumers: David M Larson

路聽Representing 17 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg

路聽Representing 14 Consumers: George T Martin III

路聽Representing 13 Consumers: Adam J Fishbein

路聽Representing 10 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel

路聽Representing 10 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin

路聽Representing 9 Consumers: Edwin D Hoskins

路聽Representing 9 Consumers: Kristi C Kelly

路聽Representing 9 Consumers: Tammy L Hussin

路聽Representing 8 Consumers: Joseph M Meinhardt
Statistics Year to Date: 4691 total lawsuits for 2012, including:

路聽4102 FDCPA

路聽857 FCRA

路聽383 TCPA

路聽319 TILA

 

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 4791 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

 

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

路聽Representing 127 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg

路聽Representing 123 Consumers: David M Larson

路聽Representing 112 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel

路聽Representing 81 Consumers: David J Philipps

路聽Representing 71 Consumers: Dennis R Kurz

 

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