Consumers Must Show Real Harm In Class Suits, Justices Say

Law360, New York (May 16, 2016, 10:38 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a consumer could not sue Spokeo Inc. for mere technical violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, but left the door open for plaintiffs in other cases to use statutory violations to establish standing, finding that the Ninth Circuit used an incomplete analysis when it ruled consumers can sue companies without alleging actual injury. 

In a 6-2 decision written by Justice Samuel Alito, the high court vacated and remanded the Ninth Circuit's February 2014 ruling that plaintiffs do not need to allege actual injury to maintain statutory class action claims like the ones lodged by...

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