Quick analysis: FDCPA and TCPA are slightly up and FCRA is down from last period. Nothing too shocking. However, YTD comparisons look extreme. Don’t let appearances fool you, this is explained by some anomalous lawsuits filed one year ago, packing hundreds of plaintiffs into two FDCPA and FCRA actions. This pushes FDCPA further behind last year (by 9%), and FCRA much closer to last year’s number, though still significantly above it (by 15%).



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Full Statistics: There were about 471 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the second half of September 2012. Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 436 FDCPA
  • 73 FCRA
  • 41 TCPA


  • Of those cases, there were about 516 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 163, or 32%, had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1002 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 272 different US District Court branches.
  • About 503 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 29 Lawsuits: Illinois Central District Court – Urbana
  • 29 Lawsuits: Colorado District Court – Denver
  • 21 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 19 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Los Angeles
  • 17 Lawsuits: Michigan Eastern District Court – Detroit
  • 15 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 15 Lawsuits: Minnesota District Court – Dmn
  • 13 Lawsuits: Indiana Southern District Court – Indianapolis
  • 12 Lawsuits: Ohio Northern District Court – Cleveland
  • 12 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 33 Consumers: Peter J Cozmyk
  • Representing 20 Consumers: George Thomas Martin, Iii
  • Representing 15 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 13 Consumers: George Efthios Bassias
  • Representing 11 Consumers: Barbara Cruise
  • Representing 11 Consumers: Cathryn Lafayette
  • Representing 11 Consumers: Grace Adams
  • Representing 11 Consumers: Humza Al-Hafeez
  • Representing 11 Consumers: John Crockett
  • Representing 11 Consumers: Marilyn Judah

Statistics Year to Date:

9666 total lawsuits for 2012, including:

  • 8588 FDCPA
  • 1720 FCRA
  • 782 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs: 9629 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 268 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
  • Representing 267 Consumers: David M Larson
  • Representing 213 Consumers: Craig T Kimmel
  • Representing 200 Consumers: George T Martin Iii
  • Representing 165 Consumers: Gary D Nitzkin

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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