A Circuit Split Emerges As Lower Courts Weigh In On Spokeo

Law360, New York (September 15, 2016, 12:26 PM EDT) -- David J. Lender

Eric S. Hochstadt

Luna Barrington Recent decisions by the Sixth, Eighth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits interpreting Spokeo Inc. v. Robins[1] have led to early (seemingly) conflicting interpretations of whether a violation of a right created by Congress, without more, could be sufficient for Article III standing. Since this issue impacts so many areas of law, especially consumer protection-type minimum statutory damage class actions, many pending and new cases will be substantially impacted by the reach given to the holding in Spokeo by the lower courts.

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