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

Quick analysis: FDCPA and FCRA are up quite a bit over last period, TCPA is down a little. But the real news is that we can now project FDCPA will finish the year at around 10,500 suits, down from 12,018 in 2011. Both FCRA and TCPA will finish the year strongly ahead of 2011. In fact both statutes, as of Oct 15, have met or surpassed 2011 volumes.

 

Full Statistics:

 

Comparisons:

Current Period

Previous Period

Previous Year Comp

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Oct 1 – 15, 2012

Sept 16 – 30, 2012

Oct 1 – 15, 2011

 

FDCPA lawsuits

532

436

22.0%

469

13%

FCRA lawsuits

105

73

43.8%

78

35%

TCPA lawsuits

40

41

-2.4%

30

33%

 

YTD FDCPA lawsuits

9117

9902

-8%

YTD FCRA lawsuits

1825

1571

16%

YTD TCPA lawsuits

821

544

51%

 

There were about 546 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the first half of October 2012. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 532 FDCPA
  • 105 FCRA
  • 40 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 617 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 232, or 38%, had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1186 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 270 different US District Court branches.
  • About 615 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

 

 

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 42 Lawsuits: Illinois Central District Court – Urbana
  • 31 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 20 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 19 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 19 Lawsuits: Indiana Southern District Court – Indianapolis
  • 17 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 16 Lawsuits: Ohio Northern District Court – Cleveland
  • 16 Lawsuits: New Jersey District Court – Newark
  • 14 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 14 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 45 Consumers: Dale Wood Pittman
  • Representing 26 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 12 Consumers: David Michael Larson
  • Representing 12 Consumers: John Thomas Steinkamp
  • Representing 10 Consumers: Mark H Rephen
  • Representing 10 Consumers: Vahag Matevosian
  • Representing 8 Consumers: David Wynn Miller
  • Representing 7 Consumers: Brent F Vullings
  • Representing 7 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 7 Consumers: David J Philipps

Statistics Year to Date:

10207 total lawsuits for 2012, including:

  • 9117 FDCPA
  • 1825 FCRA
  • 821 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 10148 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 294 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 279 Consumers: David M Larson
  • Representing 215 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel
  • Representing 205 Consumers: G Thomas Martin Iii
  • Representing 172 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin