Fair Debt Collection Practices Act lawsuits decreased for the second consecutive year in 2013, down 10 percent from 2012, which itself was down 7 percent from 2011. Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation exploded in 2013, up 69 percent from 2012. Finally, Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation in 2013 rose 1 percent from 2012. WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm, gathered the data from U.S. district courts.
The number of 2013 lawsuits include many that cited more than one violation: