Lawsuits filed against collection agencies and creditors jumped to 614 in the June 16-30 period, up from 584 in the second half of May and 500 in the first half of June, according to data pulled from U.S. District Courts.

Consumers filed an estimated 567 consumer statute lawsuits in the second half of June, including 476 cases citing Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violations, 66 Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations and 40 Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA) offenses. There were an estimated 601 unique plaintiffs in the cases.

Of the plaintiffs, approximately 173 had sued under consumer statutes before. Combined, the plaintiffs have filed an estimated 1,065 consumer statute lawsuits since 2001, reports WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm that tracks the data from the courts. Actions were filed in 121 different court branches.

Year-to-date, an estimated 6,378 total lawsuits have been filed against collection agencies and creditors - including 5,888 FDCPA violations, 622 FCRA violations and 620 TILA cases.

David M. Larson has represented 184 consumers in 2011, the most active consumer attorney this year, followed by Craig T. Kimmel, who has represented 167 consumers. In the June 16-30 period, Larson represented 18 consumers against agencies and creditors.

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