High Court Poised To Set Pace Of Privacy Class Actions

Law360, New York (April 28, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up the hotly debated question of whether consumers can sue companies for technical violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and similar statutes without alleging an actual injury, a decision that will likely determine whether the recent stream of privacy class actions will continue to flow or be sharply stemmed.

The case the justices have elected to hear has broad implications for establishing standing under statutes like the FCRA, which respondent Thomas Robins claims petitioner Spokeo Inc. violated by falsely reporting that he was wealthy and had a graduate degree when in...

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