Consumer litigation against collection agencies and creditors fell across the board in the Sept. 1-15 period compared to the previous half month, according to data pulled from U.S. district courts, as provided by WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based research firm.
Year-to-date totals for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases are trailing last year's figures by 4.9 percent (8,152 to 8,575) but Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits both are ahead of last year's pace by more than 50 percent. FCRA cases reached 1,647 through Sept. 15, compared with 1,086 a year ago while TCPA lawsuits reached 741 compared with 481.
Consumers sued 528 different collection agencies and creditors in the Sept. 1-15 period and actions were filed in 270 different U.S. district court branches. Of the 512 plaintiffs, an estimated 38 percent - or 192 - sued under consumer statutes before. Combined, those plaintiffs have filed an estimated 1,141 lawsuits since 2001.
The courts that saw the largest number of lawsuits in the most recent reporting period included: California Central District Court, Los Angeles - 33 lawsuits; New York Eastern District Court, Brooklyn - 30; and Illinois Central District Court, Urbana - 25.
George T. Martin III was the most active consumer attorney in the Sept. 1-15 period, representing 23 people. Year-to-date, David M. Larson and Sergei Lemberg both have represented 253 consumers.