Quick analysis: Everything is up, everything is down, and a split decision.

If we had spent the past 11.5 years analyzing consumer litigation stats by the neatness of the designs they make on our nifty grid, I think we would be ready to shut it down because we have a winner.

In the month of July 2020, everything was up from June 2020. And, everything was down (by double digits, no less!) from last year July. And, in the YTD category we have a split decision, with CFPB complaints and FDCPA down, and FCRA and TCPA up.

In other news, putative class actions represented 22.5% of FDCPA, 54.72%(!) of TCPA and 3.7% of FCRA lawsuits filed last month.

About 35% of all plaintiffs who filed suit last month had filed at least once before.

And finally, new Georgia attorney Matthew J Landreau takes the top spot for representing 33 consumers throughout the month and New York’s Craig B. Sanders has filed the most for the year with 255. That YTD stat excludes attorneys Nicole Rochelle Lewis and Rebecca Evans who crammed hundreds of plaintiffs into a few TCPA lawsuits earlier this year.

Current Month: Previous Month: Previous
Year to Date: Year to
Date Comp:
Jul 01, 2020
Jul 31, 2020
Jun 01, 2020
Jun 30, 2020
Jul 01, 2019
Jul 31, 2019
Jan 01, 2020
Jul 31, 2020
Jan 01, 2019
Jul 31, 2019
CFPB  4855 4501 7.9% 7011 -30.8% 37638 40933 -8.0%
FDCPA  631 630 0.2% 707 -10.7% 4283 5104 -16.1%
FCRA  436 371 17.5% 514 -15.2% 3005 2893 3.9%
TCPA  236 184 28.3% 302 -21.9% 2346 2095 12.0%


Complaint Statistics:

4855 consumers filed CFPB complaints, and about 1172 consumers filed lawsuits under consumer statutes from Jul 01, 2020 to Jul 31, 2020.

  • 4855 CFPB Complaints
  • 631 FDCPA, 142 Class Action (22.5%)
  • 236 TCPA, 129 Class Action (54.7%)
  • 436 FCRA, 16 Class Action (3.7%)

Litigation Summary (scroll down for CFPB data):

  • Of those cases, there were about 1172 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 410, or (35%), had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 2614 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 166 different US District Court branches.
  • About 779 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 79 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta
  • 52 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Western Division – Los Angeles
  • 51 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 38 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 36 Lawsuits: Wisconsin Eastern District Court – Milwaukee
  • 34 Lawsuits: Florida Middle District Court – Tampa
  • 33 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale
  • 31 Lawsuits: Nevada District Court – Las Vegas
  • 30 Lawsuits: California Southern District Court – San Diego
  • 29 Lawsuits: Indiana Southern District Court – Indianapolis

The most active consumer attorneys were:

  • Representing 33 Consumers: MATTHEW J LANDREAU
  • Representing 27 Consumers: MATTHEW THOMAS BERRY
  • Representing 25 Consumers: NATHAN CHARLES VOLHEIM
  • Representing 25 Consumers: JOHN D BLYTHIN
  • Representing 22 Consumers: THOMAS JOHN PATTI
  • Representing 22 Consumers: SHAWN JAFFER
  • Representing 21 Consumers: EDWARD Y KROUB
  • Representing 20 Consumers: TODD M FRIEDMAN
  • Representing 20 Consumers: MARK A ELDRIDGE
  • Representing 19 Consumers: ALEJANDRO EMMANUEL FIGUEROA

Statistics Year to Date:
7790 total lawsuits for 2020, including:

  • 4283 FDCPA
  • 3005 FCRA
  • 2346 TCPA

Number of Unique Plaintiffs for 2020: 8031 (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit)

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 361 Consumers: REBECCA EVANS
  • Representing 255 Consumers: CRAIG B SANDERS
  • Representing 238 Consumers: NICOLE ROCHELLE LEWIS
  • Representing 165 Consumers: NATHAN CHARLES VOLHEIM
  • Representing 163 Consumers: TODD M FRIEDMAN
  • Representing 155 Consumers: MICHAEL ZHANG
  • Representing 131 Consumers: ADRIAN ROBERT BACON
  • Representing 131 Consumers: MATTHEW THOMAS BERRY
  • Representing 128 Consumers: ADAM KLEIN
  • Representing 125 Consumers: DAVID M BARSHAY

CFPB Complaint Statistics:

There were 4855 complaints filed against debt collectors from Jul 01, 2020 to Jul 31, 2020.

Total number of debt collectors complained about: 791

The types of debt behind the complaints were:

  • 1321 Credit card debt (27%)
  • 1204 Other debt (25%)
  • 1129 I do not know (23%)
  • 697 Medical debt (14%)
  • 201 Payday loan debt (4%)
  • 174 Auto debt (4%)
  • 57 Mortgage debt (1%)
  • 42 Private student loan debt (1%)
  • 30 Federal student loan debt (1%)

Here is a breakdown of complaints:

  • 2655 Attempts to collect debt not owed (55%)
  • 1047 Written notification about debt (22%)
  • 489 False statements or representation (10%)
  • 312 Communication tactics (6%)
  • 288 Took or threatened to take negative or legal action (6%)
  • 64 Threatened to contact someone or share information improperly (1%)

The top five subissues were:

  • 1249 Debt is not yours (26%)
  • 838 Debt was result of identity theft (17%)
  • 737 Didnt receive enough information to verify debt (15%)
  • 481 Debt was paid (10%)
  • 405 Attempted to collect wrong amount (8%)

The top states complaints were filed from are:

  • 870 Complaints: TX
  • 495 Complaints: FL
  • 495 Complaints: CA
  • 347 Complaints: GA
  • 236 Complaints: NY
  • 165 Complaints: PA
  • 162 Complaints: OH
  • 150 Complaints: IL
  • 148 Complaints: NC
  • 117 Complaints: NJ

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

  • 3929 Closed with explanation (81%)
  • 432 Closed with non-monetary relief (9%)
  • 365 In progress (8%)
  • 99 Untimely response (2%)
  • 30 Closed with monetary relief (1%)

This includes 4702 (97%) timely responses to complaints, and 153 (3%) 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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