Statutory Class Actions Hang In The Balance At High Court

Law360, New York (November 2, 2015, 11:11 AM EST) -- Richard R. Patch

Skye D.Y. Langs On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, a case that has the potential to fundamentally alter the landscape of class actions based on violations of statutory rights. At issue in Spokeo is whether a plaintiff has Article III standing to sue for a violation of his or her statutory rights, absent proof of any "concrete harm" resulting from the violation. If the petitioner is victorious, plaintiffs will no longer be able to sue for bare violations of a statute unless they can demonstrate that they suffered some real-world harm....

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