Court Allows Lawsuit Against the Operator of a Website For Inaccurate Information about the Plaintiff

In Robins v. Spokeo, defendant operated a website that provided users with information about other individuals, including contact data, marital status, age, occupation and wealth.   Plaintiff sued defendant for willful violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  He alleged that the defendant published false information about him and his wife.  The defendant moved to dismiss the claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and claiming that there was no standing under the FCRA.  The district court granted the motion and the plaintiff appealed.  The court of appeals reversed holding that the plaintiff had standing under the FCRA to file suit and claim injury.  The court commented that the plaintiff was not required to show actual harm in order to sue Spokeo for willful violations.

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