An estimated 341 different collection agencies and creditors were named in 503 consumer statute lawsuits filed between Dec. 1 and 15, according to data from U.S. District Court complaint dockets compiled by WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based research firm.

The total includes 425 lawsuits citing Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violations and another 39 involving alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations.

The number of lawsuits filed against agencies and creditors in the first half of December is up slightly from 315 lawsuits in the last half of November. Of the total, 513 unique plaintiffs are involved and 183 of them previously had sued under consumer statutes. Combined, those 183 plaintiffs have filed an estimated 951 lawsuits since 2001.

Year-to-date, a total of 9,544 consumer statute lawsuits have been filed, including 7,936 cases citing FDCPA violations and another 1,129 lawsuits citing Fair Credit Reporting Act violations. Other lawsuits cited statutes such as the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and several more.

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