Quick analysis: FDCPA lawsuits are still on track to finish the year somewhere in the mid-to-high 10k range, down 6% from this time last year. FCRA cools a little in comparison to an abnormal spike last period. However, both FCRA and TCPA lawsuits have roared past their full year 2011 numbers of 1883 (FCRA) and 813 (TCPA) this month, with two full months of 2012 left to set new records.

Full Statistics:

Comparisons:

Current Period

Previous Period

Previous Year Comp

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Oct 16 – 31, 2012

Oct 1 – 15, 2012

Oct 16 – 31, 2011

 

FDCPA lawsuits

527

532

-0.9%

506

4%

FCRA lawsuits

65

105

-38.1%

84

-23%

TCPA lawsuits

67

40

67.5%

26

158%

 

YTD FDCPA lawsuits

9655

10313

-6%

YTD FCRA lawsuits

1894

1641

15%

YTD TCPA lawsuits

888

563

58%

 

There were about 578 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the second half of October 2012. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 527 FDCPA
  • 65 FCRA
  • 67 TCPA

Summary:

  • Of those cases, there were about 621 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 235, or 38%, had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1361 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 272 different US District Court branches.
  • About 566 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 28 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 28 Lawsuits: Illinois Central District Court – Urbana
  • 27 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 25 Lawsuits: Indiana Southern District Court – Indianapolis
  • 24 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 19 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 18 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
  • 17 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 17 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta
  • 13 Lawsuits: New Jersey District Court – Newark

 

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 16 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 15 Consumers: Aryeh L Pomerantz
  • Representing 14 Consumers: David M Larson
  • Representing 12 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel
  • Representing 11 Consumers: John T Steinkamp
  • Representing 10 Consumers: David Wynn Miller
  • Representing 10 Consumers: Daniel A Edelman
  • Representing 8 Consumers: Joseph M Meinhardt
  • Representing 8 Consumers: David W Skall
  • Representing 7 Consumers: Tammy L Hussin

Statistics Year to Date:

10784 total lawsuits for 2012, including:

  • 9655 FDCPA
  • 1894 FCRA
  • 888 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 10686 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 310 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 293 Consumers: David M Larson
  • Representing 228 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel
  • Representing 177 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin
  • Representing 155 Consumers: George T Martin

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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