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Lex Machina is excited to release its first Consumer Protection Litigation Report. Looking at litigation in federal district court from 2009 to 2018, this is a comprehensive overview of trends and insights for making strategic litigation decisions. The Consumer Protection module looks at analytics for cases involving debt collection, credit reporting, truth in lending practices, government enforcement actions, and consumer privacy. 

The report covers the following analytics:

  • Case Filings, including case filings by case type
  • Most Active Districts
  • Most Active Law Firms
  • Most Active Parties
  • Case Timing to Key Milestones
  • Case Resolutions and Findings
  • Damages Awards

Lex Machina’s “Consumer Protection” case type alleges at least one of the following federal consumer protection statutes: the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or a federal consumer protection enforcement statute, such as the FTC Act or Consumer Financial Protection Act.

About Legal Analytics
This report includes data-driven insights into the behavior of courts, judges, parties, law firms and lawyers. Legal analytics is used for planning, forecasting, and litigation strategy. Readers can compare their home district to others to gain insight about areas of particular focus. The metrics in this report may help readers decide who to pursue as clients, which claims to include in a complaint, or when to settle. This research supplements traditional legal research and anecdotal data for a competitive edge in litigation.

This report presents data from Lex Machina’s Legal Analytics platform. Using machine learning and technology-assisted attorney review, raw data is extracted from PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), which contains documents from federal district court. The raw data is then cleaned, tagged, structured, and loaded into Lex Machina’s proprietary platform. This report is prepared by the Lex Machina Product Team using charts and graphs from the platform. Commentary is provided by Lex Machina’s legal experts.