Will Baude writes:
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in an interesting and important class action case, Frank v. Gaos, about when lawyers can agree to settle a case on behalf of a class action by giving all of the money to a charity instead of the class. Today, however, the Supreme Court called for supplemental briefing on a different question — whether the named plaintiffs have suffered an “injury” sufficient to create standing under the Court’s doctrine. That question may prove to be even trickier.
The plaintiffs in Gaos complain that Google has unlawfully turned over information about their search histories. Before the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins, some circuits, including the Ninth Circuit, had concluded that any violation of an individual statutory right was enough for standing. As the cases said, “Congress may enact statutes creating legal rights, the invasion of which creates standing, even though no injury would exist without the statute.” In Spokeo, the Court concluded that that formulation was incomplete, and that the right must also be “concrete” though it could nonetheless be “intangible.”
Read more on The Volokh Conspiracy (Reason).
h/t, Joe Cadillic