Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases rose slightly in the Sept. 16-30 period while Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuits dropped, according to WebRecon LLC, which pulled the data from U.S. district courts.
Year-to-date comparisons are much more extreme because of some lawsuits filed a year ago that packed hundreds of plaintiffs into two FDCPA and FCRA actions, says Jack Gordon, CEO at WebRecon.
"This pushes FDCPA further behind last year (by 9 percent), and FCRA much closer to last year's number, though still significantly above it (by 15 percent)," says Gordon.
The totals and comparisons for Sept. 16-30 include: 436 FDCPA lawsuits, up 1.2 percent from 431 in the Sept. 1-15 period and down 49 percent from 858 a year ago; 73 FCRA lawsuits, down 22.3 percent from 94 in the Sept. 1-15 period and down 84 percent from 466 a year ago; and 41 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, up 17.1 percent from 35 in the Sept. 1-15 period and down 90 percent from 406 a year ago.
Year-to-date through Sept. 30, consumers have filed 8,588 FDCPA lawsuits, down nine percent from 9,4233; 1,720 FCRA lawsuit, up 15 percent from 1,493; and 782 TCPA lawsuits, up 52 percent from 514.
There were an estimated 471 total consumer statute lawsuits filed in the second half of September, including several citing multiple alleged violations. An estimated 503 different collection agencies and creditors were sued. Of the total, there were an estimated 516 unique plaintiffs, including 163 - or 32 percent - who previously had sued under consumer statutes. Combined, the plaintiffs have file 1,002 lawsuits since 2001.
The most active consumer attorneys for the year include: Sergei Lemberg (representing 268 consumers) and David M. Larson (representing 267). For the second half of September, Peter J. Cozmyk was the most active attorney, representing 33 consumers.
The top courts for lawsuits in the latest period include: Illinois Central District Court, Urbana, and Colorado District Court, Denver (both with 29 lawsuits).