FDCPA & Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, May 2013

Quick analysis: May 2013 saw lawsuit filings drop dramatically across the board. FDCPA, which had been running strong compared to 2012, dropped from 7% above last year to just 1% up. FCRA increased its decline over 2012 from 8% down to 13% down, and TCPA, arguably the only holdout, decreased from 76% growth to 74% over 2012. We don’t see an obvious explanation for May’s weaker numbers, and therefore note that it is not likely to be a continuing trend.

Full Statistics:

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There were about 946 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in May 2013. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 800 FDCPA
  • 154 FCRA
  • 130 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 1015 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 365, or (36%), had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1964 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 172 different US District Court branches.
  • About 1087 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 52 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 48 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 45 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 37 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 34 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 30 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale
  • 29 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 25 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
  • 23 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 22 Lawsuits: New York Western District Court – Buffalo

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 42 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 27 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 27 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 24 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 23 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 20 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 19 Consumers: Mary Elizabeth Philipps
  • Representing 18 Consumers: Angie K Robertson
  • Representing 15 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 15 Consumers: Donald A Yarbrough

Statistics Year to Date:

5505 total lawsuits for 2013, including:

  • 4850 FDCPA
  • 891 FCRA
  • 753 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 6110 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 179 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 163 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 126 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 115 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 113 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 106 Consumers: Mary Elizabeth Philipps
  • Representing 99 Consumers: Amy Lynn Bennecoff
  • Representing 94 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 89 Consumers: Cathleen M Combs
  • Representing 87 Consumers: Jody Berke Burton