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Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Whether Plaintiffs Have Standing to Assert a Statutory Violation without...

The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari to decide whether a statutory violation alone, unaccompanied by any actual harm to the plaintiff, is sufficient to establish Article III standing. See Spokeo, Inc. v....more

SCOTUS agrees to hear Spokeo FCRA case

The U.S. Supreme Court this week agreed to hear a highly watched privacy case which will have great significance in the rapidly changing area of privacy law....more

Employment Law - April 2015 #2

LinkedIn Search Doesn’t Implicate FCRA, California Court Rules - Why it matters: Granting LinkedIn’s motion to dismiss, a federal court judge in California held that LinkedIn users could not sue the site for...more

Litigation Alert: SCOTUS Grants Certiorari to Review Ninth Circuit’s Spokeo Decision Granting Standing To Enforce Statutory Rights...

In an important move that may clarify standing in a variety of consumer cases, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2015 granted review in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., 742 F.3d 409 (9th Cir. 2014), cert. granted, 135 S. Ct. 323...more

Burr Commentary: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Use Robins v. Spokeo to Finally Address “Standing” in the Absence of Actual Injury?

Since the Constitution was ratified, 226 years ago, potential plaintiffs have been required to first establish that they have a “case or controversy” before a court can consider the merits of any legal claim. As the U.S....more

Standing Your Ground: Supreme Court to Consider Standing Question Important in Data Breach Class Action Litigation

On April 27th, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, to consider a question critical to the viability of data breach class actions: standing. Since the Court’s most recent standing...more

Second Time’s the Charm? Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark FCRA Case to Address Whether Congress Can Create Standing

Zombie or no-injury plaintiffs seeking to represent zombie or no-injury classes are on the rise. In these suits, plaintiff was not injured, and there’s no way to prove who, if anyone, in the class was. Thomas Robins is one of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Review of Robins v. Spokeo, Inc.

The Supreme Court recently accepted review of one of the most talked about privacy class action and consumer cases of the past year, Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., No. 13-1339 (U.S.). The issue before the Court is whether Congress...more

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Privacy Breach Standing

On April 27, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, Case Number 13-1339. The issue raised by the certiorari petition was whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who...more

Supreme Court takes case on statutory damages recovery even without any actual harm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear an important case that will decide whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act nevertheless has standing under Article...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Spokeo Case

The Supreme Court yesterday morning granted Spokeo, Inc.’s petition for a writ of certiorari in the closely watched case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339. The case presents the question as to whether defendants can be...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Spokeo v. Robins

On April 27 the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, setting the stage for the high court to resolve a critical standing question that is an issue in almost all online privacy cases:...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Statutory Damages Are Recoverable Even Without Any Actual Harm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case that will decide whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) nevertheless has standing under Article...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins And Decide Whether Plaintiffs Who Have Suffered No Concrete Harm...

Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, a plaintiff must allege that he or she has suffered an “injury-in-fact” to establish standing to sue in federal court....more

California District Court Holds That LinkedIn’s “Reference Searches” Function Not a Consumer Report under the Fair Credit...

A Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of California recently handed down an important decision regarding the application of the Fair Credit Reporting Act to one of LinkedIn’s search products. The decision in Sweet v....more

FCRA Preemption: Is Guidance on the Way from the 11th Circuit?

FCRA preemption of state law claims against furnishers of credit information is anything but a settled legal issue. For better or worse, guidance may be on the way soon from the Eleventh Circuit. This is a subject that cannot...more

New York City Council Passes Ground-Breaking Legislation Limiting the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council, by a vote of 47-3, approved legislation that would prohibit the use of credit checks in employment decisions except in limited circumstances. The bill, which is expected to be...more

New Regulations Likely to Yield New Theories

The plaintiffs’ bar, drawing inspiration from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations that took effect in early 2014, have begun to pursue new theories of liability under old causes of action. The new...more

FCRA Class Actions

Hyping The “Hyper-technical” - The slowly rising waves of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class-action litigation are beginning to crash against employers. And if you thought that the FCRA only applied to credit...more

CFPB Urges SCOTUS: Hands Off That FCRA Holding

Time to dust off those federal jurisdiction hornbooks! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Office of the Solicitor General (collectively, “the government”) submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in...more

EEOC and Private Plaintiffs Continue Aggressive Litigation Attacking Background Checks

As part of its focus on eliminating barriers to hiring, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to mount an aggressive litigation strategy targeting background-check policies that it believes have a...more

Background Check Suits: Whole Foods Class Action to Continue

In a previous blog I discussed the multiple class actions that are pending and which address the issue of the Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements in connection with on-line employment applications....more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Announces Final Policy On Publication Of Detailed Consumer Complaints

On March 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("the Bureau") published a final policy statement ("the Statement") announcing its plans to disclose details of consumer complaints on its public consumer complaint...more

CFPB Continues to Spotlight Consumer Reporting Agencies

Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest supervisory report covering July 2014 through December 2014. These reports highlight the examinations, corrective measures and consumer...more

Employers: What You Need to Know if You Conduct Background Checks - Despite its name the FCRA does not just apply to credit...

Your decision to hire a new employee or promote an existing one may depend on the findings of a background check. Did you know that you need to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”) if you perform background...more

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