The Number of Lawsuits Filed Against Debt Collection Companies Increased Five-Fold


In the last seven years, the number of lawsuits in California accusing collectors of violating federal law has increased fivefold, The Sacramento Bee found in an analysis of more than 5,000 debt-collection cases filed in California’s federal courts since 2005. The number of federal lawsuits in California alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act jumped from 230 to 1,255 last year.

Complaints to California’s attorney general about debt collection practices also climbed steadily in the past six years, hitting its highest peak last year.

“The economy is so bad that it’s getting more and more difficult for these debt collectors to get money from people who just don’t have it,” said Tammy Hussin, a Carlsbad attorney who handles debt collection cases for consumers.

“So the collectors are more frustrated, and they’re getting more aggressive.”

Abusive and profane telephone language has fueled many of California’s lawsuits. Debt collectors are accused in court papers of calling consumers a “jackass,” a “(expletive) idiot,” a “big baby,” a “low-life,” a “crackhead,” an “irresponsible flake” and “stupid.”

The article entitled: Debtors seethe, sue over collectors’ tactics, was written by MARJIE LUNDSTROM and SAM STANTON and can be found on

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