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May 6, 2015

Daily Journal

By: Stephen J. Newman

In its next term, the U.S. Supreme Court likely will address one of the most controversial issues in current class action jurisprudence: whether class litigation may be pursued by or on behalf of persons with no real-world injury, against a defendant alleged only to have violated a technical legal requirement. On April 27, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo v. Robins, 13-1339, to address the question: "Whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm, and who therefore could not otherwise invoke the jurisdiction of a federal court, by authorizing a private right of action based on a bare violation of a federal statute."

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