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422 FCRA Lawsuits Filed in February 2018 Employers Beware!

Posted by Bob Mather on April 11, 2018

In a month where the numbers of every other type of complaint was a bit depressed, FCRA has continued its remarkable growth streak, with a strong 422 plaintiffs represented in February invoking the statute.

FCRA used to be the ugly stepchild to TCPA, the statute that almost always had the the slightly better numbers and momentum. That trend appears to have subsided.

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According to the website https://webrecon.com, putative class actions were higher than average last month with 23% of FDCPA, 22.3% of TCPA and 36.3% of FCRA lawsuits filed that way.

About 33% of all plaintiffs who filed suit last month had filed at least once before.

 

  Current Month: Previous Month: Previous
Year:
  Year to Date: Year to
Date Comp:
  Feb 01, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
Jan 01, 2018
Jan 31, 2018
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 28, 2017
  Jan 01, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
Jan 01, 2017
Feb 28, 2017
                   
BBB  2458 2752 -10.7% 5195 -52.7%   5210 10042 -48.1%
CFPB  4439 4962 -10.5% 4010 10.7%   9401 7778 20.9%
                   
FDCPA  788 815 -3.3% 829 -4.9%   1603 1650 -2.8%
FCRA  422 309 36.6% 265 59.2%   731 683 7.0%
TCPA  296 315 -6.0% 376 -21.3%   611 777 -21.4%

 

Complaint Statistics:

2458 consumers filed BBB complaints, 4439 consumers filed CFPB complaints, and about 1302 consumers filed lawsuits under consumer statutes from Feb 01, 2018 to Feb 28, 2018.

  • 2458 BBB Complaints
  • 4439 CFPB Complaints
  • 788 FDCPA, 181 Class Action (23.0%)
  • 296 TCPA, 66 Class Action (22.3%)
  • 422 FCRA, 153 Class Action (36.3%)

Litigation Summary (scroll down for BBB and CFPB data):

  • Of those cases, there were about 1302 unique plaintiffs (including multiple plaintiffs in one suit).
  • Of those plaintiffs, about 435, or (33%), had sued under consumer statutes before.
  • Combined, those plaintiffs have filed about 4069 lawsuits since 2001
  • Actions were filed in 147 different US District Court branches.
  • About 744 different collection firms and creditors were sued.

The top courts where lawsuits were filed:

  • 121 Lawsuits: Illinois Northern District Court – Chicago
  • 54 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Central Islip
  • 50 Lawsuits: New York Eastern District Court – Brooklyn
  • 48 Lawsuits: California Eastern District Court – Sacramento
  • 42 Lawsuits: Georgia Northern District Court – Atlanta
  • 36 Lawsuits: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court – Philadelphia
  • 33 Lawsuits: Florida Middle District Court – Tampa
  • 29 Lawsuits: Indiana Southern District Court – Indianapolis
  • 28 Lawsuits: Florida Southern District Court – Fort Lauderdale
  • 28 Lawsuits: California Central District Court – Western Division – Los Angeles

 

 

Topics: FCRA, FCRA Compliance

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