Fair Credit Reporting Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits year-to-date are both tracking well ahead of last year's pace, according to data gathered from U.S. district courts. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases are slightly down from last year's record pace.
FCRA cases totaled 1,120 through June 15, a 93% jump from 580 a year ago. TCPA cases reached 487 through June 15, up 40.8% from 346 at this time last year. FDCPA cases, meanwhile, were at 5,223 through June 15, 3.2% down from 5,397 a year ago, according to WebRecon LLC, The Bureau of Litigant Data, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based research firm.
Between June 1-15, an estimated 586 different collection agencies and creditors were sued in U.S. district courts, down from 720 in the May 16-31 period and 605 in the May 1-15 period.
There were an estimated 560 lawsuits filed under consumer statutes in the first half of June, including 480 FDCPA cases, 91 FCRA cases, 59 TCPA cases and 34 Truth-in-Lending Act cases. Of the total, there were 622 unique plaintiffs, including 191 - or 31% - who previously had sued under consumer statutes. Combined, the plaintiffs in the first half of June have filed 992 lawsuits since 2001.
The top courts were lawsuits were filed in the June 1-15 period include: Illinois Northern District Court, Chicago (39 lawsuits); Colorado District Court, Denver (29); Michigan Eastern District Court, Detroit (22); and New Jersey District Court, Newark (21).
The most active consumer attorneys for the period include: Gary D. Nitzkin (representing 18 consumers); Craig T. Kimmel (17); and David M. Larson (14). Kimmel and Larson have been the most active attorneys so far this year, each representing 154 consumers in consumer statute legal actions.