More than 600 collection agencies and creditors were sued in the Nov. 1-15 period and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) legislation is on track to finish six percent behind last year's record total, according to data from U.S. district courts.
Consumers filed legal action - largely FDCPA cases, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuits and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits - against 619 agencies and creditors, according to WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm that tracks the data from the courts.
FDCPA cases in the Nov. 1-15 period totaled 502, down 4.7 percent from 527 in the prior Oct. 16-31 period and up six percent from 475 in the year-ago period. FCRA cases in the first half of November totaled 97 up from 65 in the prior reporting period. TCPA cases totaled 57, down 14.9 percent from 67 in the second half of October.
Year-to-date, FDCPA cases through Nov. 15 totaled 10,154, six percent behind 10,788 through the same period in 2011. FCRA cases through mid-November reached 1,989, up 15 percent. TCPA cases reached 941, up 63 percent from 577 filed through Nov. 15 a year ago.
The most active consumer attorneys this year include: Sergei Lemberg, representing 324 consumers; and David M. Larson (256). The most active consumer attorneys in the first half of November were: Mary Elizabeth Philipps and David J. Philipps, 25 cases each; and Angie K. Robertson, 23 cases.