Quick analysis: Quick analysis: Summer Doldrums Continue (for Plaintiffs)

With the exception of a minor (+1.6%) bump in FCRA claims, everything was down in July again. FDCPA and TCPA (-6.0%, -2.1% respectively) and CFPB complaints (-7.2%) all continued in their sluggish performance from June.

Year-to-date, FCRA is still the only statute that is up for the year, +11.7% over this time in 2017. CFPB complaints are up as well, +13.4% over 2017. FDCPA and TCPA are both down, -7.8% and 15.9%, respectively. Interestingly enough, all three of the main statutes are up over the same month last year, just not the entire year to date (except FCRA of course).

In other news, putative class actions were mixed last month with 22.3% of FDCPA, 24.8% of TCPA and 4.2% of FCRA lawsuits filed that way.

About 34% of all plaintiffs who filed suit last month had filed at least once before.

And finally, Las Vegas attorney David H. Krieger knocked both Nathan Volheim and Craig B. Sanders out of the way to take the month by representing a total of 39 consumers. New York attorney Craig B. Sanders still retains the title of most active consumer attorney of the year though, with 333 represented consumers so far in 2018.

Note: We have temporarily removed BBB complaints from the grid, as we are experiencing some difficulties with their site. We should have everything updated and back in place by next month.

Current Month: Previous Month: Previous
Year:
Year to Date: Year to
Date Comp:
Jul 01, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
Jun 01, 2018
Jun 30, 2018
Jul 01, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
Jan 01, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
Jan 01, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
BCFP  4007 4317 -7.2% 4274 -6.2% 32758 28883 13.4%
FDCPA  731 778 -6.0% 680 7.5% 5473 5935 -7.8%
FCRA  381 375 1.6% 302 26.2% 2704 2421 11.7%
TCPA  319 326 -2.1% 276 15.6% 2344 2788 -15.9%

 

Complaint Statistics:

20 consumers filed BBB complaints, 4007 consumers filed BCFP complaints, and about 1255 consumers filed lawsuits under consumer statutes from Jul 01, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018.

  • 20 BBB Complaints
  • 4007 BCFP Complaints
  • 731 FDCPA, 163 Class Action (22.3%)
  • 319 TCPA, 79 Class Action (24.8%)
  • 381 FCRA, 16 Class Action (4.2%)

Litigation Summary (scroll down for BBB and BCFP data):

  • Of those cases, there were about 1255 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 430, or (34%), had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 1968 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 158 different US District Court branches.
  • About 798 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 87 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 55 Lawsuits: Nevada District Court – Las Vegas
  • 47 Lawsuits: Florida Middle District Court – Tampa
  • 46 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta
  • 43 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 40 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 35 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Western Division – Los Angeles
  • 33 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale
  • 30 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Central Islip
  • 28 Lawsuits: California Eastern District Court – Sacramento

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 39 Consumers: DAVID H KRIEGER
  • Representing 29 Consumers: NATHAN CHARLES VOLHEIM
  • Representing 28 Consumers: CRAIG B SANDERS
  • Representing 27 Consumers: TAXIARCHIS HATZIDIMITRIADIS
  • Representing 21 Consumers: ELLIOT GALE
  • Representing 20 Consumers: MARK A ELDRIDGE
  • Representing 20 Consumers: DAVID W HEMMINGER
  • Representing 19 Consumers: DAVID SCOTT KLAIN
  • Representing 19 Consumers: TODD M FRIEDMAN
  • Representing 18 Consumers: JOSEPH SCOTT DAVIDSON

Statistics Year to Date:
8556 total lawsuits for 2018, including:

  • 5473 FDCPA
  • 2704 FCRA
  • 2344 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs for 2018: 8542 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 333 Consumers: CRAIG B SANDERS
  • Representing 252 Consumers: NATHAN CHARLES VOLHEIM
  • Representing 234 Consumers: TAXIARCHIS HATZIDIMITRIADIS
  • Representing 230 Consumers: MOHAMMED OMAR BADWAN
  • Representing 188 Consumers: AHMAD TAYSEER SULAIMAN
  • Representing 174 Consumers: ELLIOT GALE
  • Representing 167 Consumers: DAVID H KRIEGER
  • Representing 149 Consumers: JEFFREY N WILENS
  • Representing 135 Consumers: CELETHA CHATMAN
  • Representing 135 Consumers: OMAR TAYSEER SULAIMAN

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BCFP Complaint Statistics:

There were 4007 complaints filed against debt collectors from Jul 01, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018.

Total number of debt collectors complained about: 842

The types of debt behind the complaints were:

  • 1153 Other debt (29%)
  • 888 I do not know (22%)
  • 876 Credit card debt (22%)
  • 615 Medical debt (15%)
  • 124 Auto debt (3%)
  • 122 Payday loan debt (3%)
  • 91 Mortgage debt (2%)
  • 80 Private student loan debt (2%)
  • 58 Federal student loan debt (1%)

Here is a breakdown of complaints:

  • 1705 Attempts to collect debt not owed (43%)
  • 1004 Written notification about debt (25%)
  • 460 Communication tactics (11%)
  • 371 Took or threatened to take negative or legal action (9%)
  • 344 False statements or representation (9%)
  • 123 Threatened to contact someone or share information improperly (3%)

The top five subissues were:

  • 877 Debt is not yours (22%)
  • 757 Didnt receive enough information to verify debt (19%)
  • 418 Debt was result of identity theft (10%)
  • 338 Debt was paid (8%)
  • 280 Attempted to collect wrong amount (7%)

The top states complaints were filed from are:

  • 609 Complaints: TX
  • 437 Complaints: CA
  • 400 Complaints: FL
  • 210 Complaints: NY
  • 202 Complaints: GA
  • 168 Complaints: IL
  • 141 Complaints: OH
  • 122 Complaints: NC
  • 117 Complaints: MI
  • 113 Complaints: PA

The status of the month’s complaints are as follows:

  • 3157 Closed with explanation (79%)
  • 485 Closed with non-monetary relief (12%)
  • 212 In progress (5%)
  • 117 Untimely response (3%)
  • 36 Closed with monetary relief (1%)

This includes 3802 (95%) timely responses to complaints, and 205 (5%) untimely responses.

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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