The U.S. Supreme Court last month granted a request from Spokeo, a data aggregator, to consider whether the legal basis litigants must meet to file a claim in federal court should be broadly or narrowly defined.In the case, Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins, Thomas Robins is a resident of Virginia acting individually and as representative of a class.Google, Facebook, eBay and Yahoo submitted a joint brief in support of Spokeo. Separately, credit data firm Experian and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also supported Spokeo.Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins is “the most important privacy class action and consumer case of the decade,” said Stephen Embry, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd.Spokeo asked the Supreme Court to issue a ruling that would prevent the filing of what it contends are essentially frivolous claims that could saddle e-commerce firms and other businesses with costly damages.Opponents contend that a ruling favoring Spokeo would place severe restrictions on the ability of consumers to pursue legitimate claims against businesses dealing with data breaches, credit reference errors and various civil rights. At issue is the test under which lawsuits can be initiated under the U.S. Constitution. By virtue of the “cases and controversies” element of Article III,… Read full this story
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