Spokeo Doesn't Doom Genetic Privacy Row, Judge Says

Law360, New York (July 3, 2017, 6:35 PM EDT) -- An Alaska federal judge on Friday refused to toss a putative class action accusing DNA testing company Gene by Gene of illegally posting the results of customers' genetic tests on public websites, ruling the intangible statutory harm the plaintiff alleged was enough to establish standing and did not flout the high court's landmark Spokeo decision.

In attempting to shake the suit alleging violations of Alaska's Genetic Privacy Act, Family Tree DNA brand and website operator Gene by Gene Ltd. had argued that because lead plaintiff Michael Cole is seeking only statutory damages and has no evidence of any actual injury, he has...

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