On Monday, the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) “agreed to hear a case that could potentially make it easier for plaintiffs to bring class-action lawsuits against Internet companies for allegedly violating consumer data and privacy laws,” The Wall Street Journal reports. In Spokeo v. Robins, the plaintiff alleges Spokeo misrepresented his personal details, hurting his chances for employment. If SCOTUS favors Robins, it could provide consumers “a more elastic right to sue” and “Congress more power to define the judiciary’s role in settling disputes,” the report states. Meanwhile, SCOTUS will not hear a case claiming courts compromised plaintiffs’ privacy when making their financial data available, and Howard Johnson and Wyndham Hotels have agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a class-action alleging violations of California’s Privacy Act. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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