FDCPA and Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, November 16-30, 2012

Quick analysis: It was a slow period for all litigation due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but it was a really slow period for FDCPA litigation, even taking the holiday into account. While FCRA and TCPA dipped from last period (15.5% and 7.7%, respectively) they were both still up from last year in the same period (19% and 100%, respectively). In contrast, FDCPA was down 23.3% from last period and 11% from the same period last year, continuing its trend to finish the year down in the area of 6-7% from 2011.

Full Statistics:

Comparisons:

Current Period

Previous Period

Previous Year Comp

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Nov 16 – 30, 2012

Nov 1 – 15, 2012

Nov 16 – 30, 2011

 

FDCPA lawsuits

385

502

-23.3%

433

-11%

FCRA lawsuits

82

97

-15.5%

69

19%

TCPA lawsuits

48

52

-7.7%

24

100%

 

YTD FDCPA lawsuits

10541

11221

-6%

YTD FCRA lawsuits

2071

1794

15%

YTD TCPA lawsuits

989

601

65%

There were about 453 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the second half of November 2012. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 385 FDCPA
  • 82 FCRA
  • 48 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 510 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 186, or 36%, had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1000 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 278 different US District Court branches.
  • About 497 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

 

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 27 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 27 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 25 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 24 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 22 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 17 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 14 Lawsuits: Maryland District Court – Greenbelt
  • 14 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 12 Lawsuits: New York Southern District Court – Foley Square
  • 11 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 18 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 16 Consumers: Zoe Jayde Dolan
  • Representing 16 Consumers: Scott Adam Kamber
  • Representing 14 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
  • Representing 13 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 12 Consumers: Mary Elizabeth Philipps
  • Representing 12 Consumers: David J Philipps
  • Representing 12 Consumers: Angie K Robertson
  • Representing 11 Consumers: Tammy L Hussin
  • Representing 10 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman

Statistics Year to Date:

11,775 total lawsuits for 2012, including:

  • 10541 FDCPA
  • 2071 FCRA
  • 989 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 11665 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 342 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 272 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel
  • Representing 256 Consumers: David M Larson
  • Representing 191 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 185 Consumers: David J Philipps