John Curran reports:
Spokeo.com., an information-scraping website that includes estimates of financial worth and education, is seeking a writ of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of standing for a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit against the company.
Plaintiff Thomas Robins of Virginia argues in the Spokeo class action lawsuit that the people search engine is in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act because they publish information in a public forum that is inaccurate. After it was amended, Robbins alleged that he had suffered an injury-in-fact because his job prospects were affected by the inaccuracies of the personal information about him on Spokeo Inc.’s website.
The U.S. District judge assigned to the Spokeo class action lawsuit had originally denied Class certification, arguing that there was no actual injury suffered by Robins and that a statutory violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act did not meet the Article III standing requirements of an injury-in-fact, causation and redressability. Spokeo argues that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ revival of the Spokeo FCRA class action lawsuit raises significant legal questions.
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