** The most significant news of this period is that in the first few days of November, we are about to sail past 10,000 Federal FDCPA filings, on the way to an estimated 12,000 for the year 2011. This is a full month ahead of last year, when the 10,000th FDCPA suit was filed on December 1, 2010. **

FDCPA and Other Consumer Lawsuit Statistics, October 1-15, 2011

There were about 557 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the first half of October 2011. Here is an approximate breakdown:
• 516 FDCPA
• 129 FCRA
• 31 TCPA
• 84 TILA
Summary:
• Of those cases, there were about 639 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
• Of those plaintiffs, about 271 had sued under consumer statutes before.
• Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1141 lawsuits since 2001
• Actions were filed in 126 different US District Court branches.
• About 597 different collection firms and creditors were sued.
The top courts where lawsuits were filed:
• 34 Lawsuits: New Jersey District Court – Newark
• 30 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Western Division – Los Angeles
• 25 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
• 24 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
• 17 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Miami
• 16 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale
• 16 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
• 15 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
• 15 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
• 14 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
The most active consumer attorneys were:
• Representing 44 Consumers: Feng Li
• Representing 23 Consumers: Yaakov Saks
• Representing 21 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
• Representing 19 Consumers: J Mark Meinhardt
• Representing 17 Consumers: Tammy L Hussin
• Representing 16 Consumers: Jody Berke Burton
• Representing 13 Consumers: Alexander Daniel Weisberg
• Representing 12 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
• Representing 12 Consumers: Shireen Hormozdi
• Representing 11 Consumers: Amy Lynn Bennecoff

Statistics Year to Date:

10097 total lawsuits for 2011, including:
• 9425 FDCPA
• 1464 FCRA
• 334 TCPA
• 1271 TILA
Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 10282 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:
• Representing 299 Consumers: Feng Li
• Representing 272 Consumers: David Michael Larson
• Representing 212 Consumers: Craig Thor Kimmel
• Representing 191 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
• Representing 169 Consumers: Michael S Agruss

API Access


We offer two powerful APIs to businesses that communicate with consumers:

  • The primary Litigious Consumer Scrub uses a combination of name, geography (and optionally SSN) to identify consumers who have filed lawsuits in the past.
  • The Litigious Consumer Phone Scrub pulls every phone number from our proprietary database of litigants and runs your phones against ours.

These APIs allow you to check your data against our database on the fly. Clients love using this to handle risk management without missing a beat in their daily workflow.

Workers Comp Scrub


Workers Comp-inspired FDCPA lawsuits are growing aggressively, particularly in Florida. Only WebRecon can tell you who in your database may have a Florida Worker’s Comp case filed that could trigger litigation against you.

You can’t stop 100% of all lawsuits, but if you collect medical in Florida and you don’t have a process in place to show the court that you have a way to check every file against the Workers Comp database, then you have lost the case before it even begins.

Knock these suits out of the park with the Workers Comp Scrub.

Our Monthly Client Newsletter with The Litigant Hotsheet


Anyone can get our guest newsletter, but only clients get the version with the Litigant Hotsheet –  identifying the most active consumer Plaintiffs filing suit in jurisdictions around the country each month. Grab a coffee, shut your door and open your database to make sure you are doing all you can to stay safe.

Individual Vendor Consumer Complaint Search


Just like Vendor Monitoring, but without the monitoring. Search any business’s history of consumer complaints (Litigation, CFPB, BBB, State AG) with the click of a button! Great for on-the-fly gut checks of the companies you do business with.

Vendor Monitoring


Through vicarious liability, you can be held accountable for the bad behavior of your vendors. If they abuse consumers, for all intents and purposes, so do you. This is a big freakin’ deal!

But fear not, friend. WebRecon can track consumer litigation, CFPB, BBB and State AG Office complaints against the companies you do business with.

When a new complaint of any kind is filed against any of the companies you are monitoring, we’ll automatically push a report out to you with all of the publicly available details so you can react accordingly and if necessary, protect your interests.

The Litigious Consumer Phone Scrub


Would you knowingly dial a number attached to a consumer with a history of litigation? Of course not.

But thousands of companies do just that, every single day. If you’d like to know who they are, simply review the court dockets. They are the ones getting sued the most.

Sure, you can stop dialing consumers. But your marketing and operations teams might not be too excited about that plan.

Another idea? Identify the consumers most likely to sue you, based on previous litigation histories, and just don’t call them.

Identify high-risk phones quickly & easily, before you expose yourself to unnecessary risk.

Litigation Context Search


This is really cool.

Our primary search engine is really designed to search for parties to litigation. Need to know more about a consumer plaintiff? That’s easy. Defendant? Check. Lawyer? No problem.

But if you need to find all 1099C lawsuits filed in July 2020… not so much.

Which is why we developed the Context Search. We have pulled out and indexed the full text from over 140k consumer lawsuits and made them available to you in a search engine, with more than 1000 new lawsuits added each month. Use it to search the text of filed litigation so you can easily identify those hard-to-define trends and cases worth following.

Individual Search Engine


Instantly and easily search our proprietary database for any lawsuit participant – Plaintiff, Defendant or Attorney.

In the results, we’ll show you the full consumer litigation history of any participant, including the “docket data” (who, what, why, where, when) and – in many cases – we can even provide a copy of their actual filed lawsuits.

You can also search by phone, date range, federal/state, class action, court, statute, etc. We offer a ton of flexibility to get you the exact search result you are looking for.

The Litigant Alert Ongoing Monitoring Process


Just like our one-time batch process, but without the whole “one time” thing.

When one of your consumers files new litigation against anyone in the future, you should be the first to know. Our monitoring service can make that happen.

WebRecon can monitor your entire database (or any segment of it) for future instances of consumer litigation filed by the very consumers you are working with, right now!

It is simple to add new consumers to the watchlist, remove inactive accounts, download full reports, etc.

Best of all, we only charge you for the volume of your monitoring database – not the frequency of the searches. Search daily, weekly, every Tuesday and Friday, the 15th of each month, whatever – it is totally up to you! You won’t pay a penny more.

The Litigant Alert One-Time Batch Process


This is our flagship service. Find out why hundreds of companies won’t contact any consumers before running them through WebRecon’s Litigant Alert.

This process identifies consumers with a history of litigation quickly & easily. If they have ever filed lawsuits under FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA or similar statutes, you’ll find out here. 

WebRecon’s proprietary database is simply the most comprehensive collection of dangerous consumer litigation data in existence. 

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