U.S. consumers filed an estimated 568 lawsuits against collection agencies and creditors between May 1-15, according to statistics from U.S. District Court branches.

The total includes 550 citing Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations, 86 Truth-in-Lending Act complaints and 44 listing a Fair Credit Reporting Act offense. Many lawsuits cited more than one consumer statute violation.

Of the complaints, there are an estimated 651 unique plaintiffs, of which 189 had previously sued under a consumer statute. Combined, those plaintiffs have filed an estimated 1,154 lawsuits since 2001.

The total for the May 1-15 period named an estimated 567 different collection agencies and creditors as defendants, according to WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based research firm, compiles the data from the courts. 

Year-to-date an estimated 5,302 total lawsuits have been filed against collection agencies and creditors, including 4,310 citing FDCPA violations and 510 FCRA violations. David M. Larson is the most active attorney in 2011, representing 135 consumers. He's followed by Craig T. Kimmel, 123 consumer; Jack D. Card, 86 consumers; and Michael S. Agruss, 81 consumers.

To comment, contact Darren Waggoner at 815.463.9008 or darren.waggoner@sourcemedia.com.

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