Complaints against debt collectors logged in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s complaint database rose 3.7% to 3,336 in June, compared to 3,213 in May, according to WebRecon. The number trails the 3,693 total for April.

There have been at least 3,000 debt collector complaints for the past six months. The year started with 3,271 in January and 3,364 in February.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act litigation saw growth in June with 806 lawsuits filed, up 4% from May. Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits fell by 4.3% to 207 and Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuits declined by 21.9% to 169 lawsuits in June.

Year-to-date, TCPA lawsuits are up 34.4% over 2013 from 869 to 1,325 and FCRA lawsuits increased 11.2% from 1,041 to 1,172.

Of the cases filed in June, there were an estimated 1,081 unique plaintiffs. Of the plaintiffs, about 364 (34%) had previously sued under consumer statutes. Combined, those plaintiffs have filed an estimated 1,420 lawsuits since 2001. Approximately 875 different collection agencies and creditors were sued.

The top complaints filed about debt collection include:

    •    1,334 continued attempts to collect debt not owed (40%)
    •    668 communication tactics (20%)
    •    552 disclosure verification of debt (17%)
    •    292 false statements or representation (9%)
    •    273 improper contact or sharing of information (8%)
    •    217 taking/threatening illegal action (7%)
       
The status of June’s CFPB complaints:

    •    2,264 closed with explanation (68%)
    •    629 closed with non-monetary relief (19%)
    •    199 in progress (6%)
    •    61 untimely response (2%)
    •    122 closed (4%)
    •    61 closed with monetary relief (2%)

In total, 3,164 responses (95%) were considered timely and 172 (5%) were untimely. Consumers accepted 2,819 (85%) of the responses to complaints and disputed 517 (15%) of them.

The most active consumer attorneys for consumer litigation so far in 2014 include:

    •    Representing 293 Consumers: Sergei Lemberg
    •    Representing 137 Consumers: David Michael Larson
    •    Representing 107 Consumers: John Thomas Steinkamp
    •    Representing 100 Consumers: Adam Jon Fishbein

WebRecon is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based data firm that pulls statistics from U.S. district courts and the CFPB.

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 293 Consumers: SERGEI LEMBERG
  • Representing 137 Consumers: DAVID MICHAEL LARSON
  • Representing 107 Consumers: JOHN THOMAS STEINKAMP
  • Representing 100 Consumers: ADAM JON FISHBEIN

- See more at: http://dev.webrecon.com/debt-collection-litigation-cfpb-complaint-statistics-june-2014/#sthash.ordY2oS2.dpuf 
 

 

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 293 Consumers: SERGEI LEMBERG
  • Representing 137 Consumers: DAVID MICHAEL LARSON
  • Representing 107 Consumers: JOHN THOMAS STEINKAMP
  • Representing 100 Consumers: ADAM JON FISHBEIN
  • Representing 99 Consumers: MICHAEL ANTHONY EADES
  • Representing 89 Consumers: TODD M FRIEDMAN
  • Representing 86 Consumers: DAVID J PHILIPPS
  • Representing 83 Consumers: ANGIE K ROBERTSON
  • Representing 71 Consumers: JOSHUA B SWIGART
  • Representing 66 Consumers: CRAIG THOR KIMMEL

- See more at: http://dev.webrecon.com/debt-collection-litigation-cfpb-complaint-statistics-june-2014/#sthash.ordY2oS2.dpuf

The most active consumer attorneys of the year:

  • Representing 293 Consumers: SERGEI LEMBERG
  • Representing 137 Consumers: DAVID MICHAEL LARSON
  • Representing 107 Consumers: JOHN THOMAS STEINKAMP
  • Representing 100 Consumers: ADAM JON FISHBEIN
  • Representing 99 Consumers: MICHAEL ANTHONY EADES
  • Representing 89 Consumers: TODD M FRIEDMAN
  • Representing 86 Consumers: DAVID J PHILIPPS
  • Representing 83 Consumers: ANGIE K ROBERTSON
  • Representing 71 Consumers: JOSHUA B SWIGART
  • Representing 66 Consumers: CRAIG THOR KIMMEL

- See more at: http://dev.webrecon.com/debt-collection-litigation-cfpb-complaint-statistics-june-2014/#sthash.ordY2oS2.dpuf 

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