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May 17, 2016

SCOTUS Issues ‘Middle Ground Victory’ in Spokeo

In what the Wall Street Journal called a “middle ground victory” for the business community, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Ninth Circuit “used the wrong legal analysis when it allowed” a class action against search engine Spokeo to move forward. Instead of resolving the case, however, the Court simply kicked it back to the lower court. 

The case, Spokeo Inc. v. Robbins, involved a lead plaintiff who alleged the search engine Spokeo violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by incorrectly stating his marital status, income, education, and age.

“Spokeo and its supporters in the business community argued Mr. Robins shouldn’t be allowed to proceed in court because he suffered no actual, tangible injuries from the inaccuracies,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

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