Editor's Note: This story has been updated with corrected information from the source.
After lagging well behind last year's record pace for the bulk of the year, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) lawsuits more recently have closed the gap and are just 4.8 percent behind the year-ago pace - reaching 7,706 through Aug. 31 compared with 8,094 at the same time a year ago, according to WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm that tracks the data from U.S. district courts.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases are both tracking far ahead of a year ago. FCRA lawsuits reached 1,545 through Aug. 31, up 55.7% from 992 a year ago. TCPA lawsuits totaled 706 through Aug. 31, up 54.8% from 458 a year ago.
In the most recent reporting period, Aug. 16-31, an estimated 641 different collection agencies and creditors were sued. There were an estimated 581 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes - including 491 FDCPA lawsuits, 100 FCRA lawsuits and 57 Truth-in-Lending Act lawsuits. Of that total, there were an estimated 622 plaintiffs, including 253 - or 41 percent - who previously had sued under consumer statutes. Combined, those plaintiffs have filed an estimated 1,424 lawsuits since 2001.
For the year, the most active consumer attorneys include: Sergei Lemberg, representing 244 consumers, and David M. Larson, representing 243 consumers. Larson also was the most active consumer attorney in the Aug. 16-31 period, representing 19 consumers.
The top courts where lawsuits were filed in the most recent reporting period include: Colorado District Court - Denver, 44 lawsuits; Illinois Central District Court - Urbana, 37 lawsuits; and Pennsylvania Eastern District Court - Philadelphia, 24 lawsuits.