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December 8, 2017

In the News Today – December 8, 2017

Spokeo, an online search engine, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a 2016 decision that the company said spurred “widespread confusion” on the questions of harm and standing in civil lawsuits, reports Law360.

In May 2016, the Supreme Court said plaintiffs must show concrete injury to have standing to sue, but declined to use that standard in a case between Spokeo and an online user. Instead, the court remanded the case back to the Ninth Circuit, which ruled in favor of the user for the second time.

Spokeo says courts across the country have “taken very different approaches in determining whether an asserted ‘intangible harm'” is “sufficient to satisfy Article III’s injury-in-fact requirement” in the 18 months since the Supreme Court’s decision. 

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