Supreme Court to consider whether violation of consumer statute is enough to confer standing if plaintiff unharmed

Today the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim about an incorrect report. Spokeo, a company that publishes information about people online, challenged the plaintiff's standing to proceed in the absence of concrete harm flowing from the inaccurate report of facts about the plaintiff. The plaintiff, Robins, did allege harm to his employment prospects, but the court of appeals, in holding that Robins had standing, relied on a more general rule: the willful violation of a statutory right is itself a concrete injury. It appears that proposition will be tested now before the Supreme Court, which avoided the same issue when it dismissed First American Corp. v. Edwards in 2011.

You can read the documents from the case on SCOTUSblog, here. (CL&P Blog's own Deepak Gupta is counsel for Robins.)

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