Fair Debt Collection Practices Act litigation cooled far beyond an expected holiday slowdown in the Nov. 16-30 period.

The 385 cases is down 23.3 percent from the first half of November and 11 percent from the year-ago period, according to WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm that pulls the data from U.S. district courts.

While Fair Credit Reporting Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases dipped from last period (15.5 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively) they both were still up from last year in the same period (19 percent and 100 percent, respectively). FCRA cases totaled 82 in the second half of November while TCPA cases totaled 48.

The FDCPA dip continued a trend that should see 2012 finish approximately six percent to seven percent behind 2011. Through the end of November, FDCPA lawsuits totaled 10,541 compared with 11,221 at the year-ago period. FCRA cases reached 2,071 and are projected to finish 15 percent above last year. TCPA lawsuits totaled 989 and are projected to finish as high as 65 percent higher than last year.

Consumers filed 453 lawsuits under consumer statutes in the second half of November. Of those cases, there were an estimated 510 unique plaintiffs. Combined, those plaintiffs filed an estimated 1,000 lawsuits since 2001. An estimated 497 different collection agencies and creditors were sued in 278 different district court branches.

Sergei Lemberg was the most active attorney in the recent Nov. 16-30 period, as well as year-to-date. He represented 18 consumers in the latest period, bringing his total this year to 342. He is trailed by Craig T. Kimmel (272) and David M. Larson (256).

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