In May, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the way plaintiffs around the country
were allowed to pursue companies that violate certain consumer protection
statutes. In the case of
Spokeo v. Robins, the Court held that consumers needed to show proof of an actual, concrete
injury before suing a company for violating the law.
As a result of
Spokeo, courts around the country have been dismissing class action lawsuits.
For instance, in Wisconsin a federal judge recently dismissed a class
action lawsuit against Time Warner Cable. The plaintiffs had alleged that
the company had improperly retained its customers’ personal information
after their cable contracts were terminated. Even though this violated
the Cable Communications Policy Act, the judge held that the plaintiffs
could not prove that they had suffered actual harm.
Elsewhere in the Midwest, a federal court there dismissed a putative class
action suit against Ohio State University. The plaintiffs in that case
had alleged that when they applied for a job with the university, the
university failed to include all of the terms in their employment contracts
which were required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Finally, a federal district court in Maryland dismissed a class action
lawsuit against a hospital which had allowed hackers to gain access to
patient information. Even though the plaintiffs could prove that the breach
allowed the hackers to access to the patients’ names, addresses,
birthdates, Social Security numbers, and private health care data, the
judge in that case also held that the plaintiffs had not alleged a concrete injury.
These cases are concerning for plaintiffs who have been harmed by a company’s
failure to follow the law. In the hospital case, for example, the patients
whose confidential data was exposed could end up having their identity
stolen and their credit ruined. However, they will have to wait until
this actually happens to seek justice from the company that mishandled
If you were the victim of identity theft or had your private financial
information mishandled by a negligent company, you may still be able to
file a lawsuit. Learn more about your legal rights and options by contacting
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