FDCPA Rulings Show Spokeo's Influence, 5 Years Later

Law360 (May 25, 2021, 5:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins was a game-changer.[1] That decision single-handedly raised the bar for a plaintiff alleging a violation of a consumer protection statute, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA.

Prior to Spokeo, frivolous FDCPA litigation matters had become the norm — with plaintiffs being able to successfully advance meritless lawsuits that alleged, at best, purely technical violations but no appreciable injury.

But are the federal appellate courts following the Supreme Court's decision and dismissing such cases for lack of standing? It took some time, but it is now the five-year...

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