Consumer statute lawsuit filings showed only small changes in the June 16-30 reporting period compared to the first half of June, according to WebRecon LLC. Most of the key numbers also mirrored the numbers from a year ago.
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) lawsuits totaled 464 in the June 16-30 period, down from 484 in early June and 484 in the year-ago period. Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuits saw the biggest decrease in the last half of June, totaling 70 compared with 91 in the first half of the month. Those cases totaled 72 in the year-ago period.
Elsewhere, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits fell to 52 in the June 16-30 period from 59 in the first half of June and 46 in the year-ago period.
Year-to-date, FDCPA lawsuits reached 5,721, down 6.7% from last year's pace of 6,135. FCRA lawsuits, however, are up 72.% percent from the pace through the first half of 2011 - reaching 1,194 this year compared to 692 a year ago. TCPA cases, at 532 through June 30, also are up significantly compared to last year's 375.
In the June 16-30, an estimated 543 different collection agencies and creditors were sued. Of the total cases, there were an estimated 560 unique plaintiffs, including about 178, or 32%, who previously had sued under consumer statutes. Combined, the plaintiffs in the recent reporting period have filed an estimated 994 lawsuits since 2001.