Lex Machina is proud to release its 2024 Consumer Protection Litigation Report, which provides insights into consumer protection litigation trends in federal district court and appellate court over the three-year period from 2021 to 2023. This report surveys emerging trends in case filings (including federal appellate cases), most active venues, judges, law firms, attorneys, parties, timing metrics, case resolutions, findings, and damages. The report often focuses on different sets of data, e.g., filtering cases in order to provide analytics on general consumer protection cases, class action cases, FCRA cases, FDCPA cases, TCPA cases, data breach cases, and consumer protection appellate cases.

Key Trends and Highlights from the report include:

  • In 2023, 14,515 consumer protection cases were filed in federal district courts.
  • In the three-year period from 2021 to 2023, the highest number of consumer protection cases was filed in the Central District of California, while Judge Burroughs from the District of Massachusetts was the most active judge for consumer protection cases.
  • Individual plaintiffs dominated the lists of the most active plaintiffs, the vast majority filing cases that involved claims under the TCPA.
  • Credit reporting companies comprised the bulk of the most active defendants, defending in cases that primarily involved claims under the FCRA.
  • In the three-year period from 2021 to 2023, Atlas Consumer Law was the most active law firm representing plaintiffs in consumer protection cases, while Jones Day represented defendants in the highest number of consumer protection cases.
  • For consumer protection cases that were appealed to a federal appellate court and terminated from 2021 to 2023 with a decision on the merits of the appeal, 30% were ultimately reversed.
  • $13 billion in total damages were awarded as Approved Class Action Settlements from 2021 to 2023.

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Legal Analytics is used for planning, budgeting, and litigation strategy. The metrics in this report can help readers decide who to pursue as clients, whether to file a particular motion, or when to settle (and for how much). This research supplements traditional legal research and anecdotal data in order to gain a competitive edge in litigation.

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