The U.S. Supreme Court recently 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) has standing to sue for damages under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. The case, Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, will be argued in the Supreme Court’s upcoming term beginning in October of 2015. The consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision will likely extend beyond FCRA and affect numerous other statutes and the viability of class actions in situations where technical violations did not cause any actual harm. In addition to FCRA, such statutes include TILA, EFTA, and FHA. The decision in this case could increase the severity of consequences stemming from non-compliance.
You can find briefs related to the case here.