The U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated and significant decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins on May 16, 2016. The case presented the issue whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from an alleged statutory violation nevertheless has standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution to sue for statutory damages in federal court. The Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that the plaintiff, who had alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), did not have Article III standing unless he could show that he suffered "concrete," "real" harm as a result of the violations. The ruling's impact will extend beyond FCRA litigation to numerous other statutes used by the plaintiffs' class action bar to obtain massive recoveries in class actions based on alleged technical violations that did not cause any actual harm to the named plaintiffs and class members.


In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • The background and holding of Spokeo and potential outcomes on remand to the Ninth Circuit;
  • Which federal statutes allow recovery of statutory damages;
  • Potential impact for federal law statutory damages claims and class actions seeking such damages;
  • Potential impact for state law statutory damages claims filed in federal court; and
  • Strategies for defending individual and class action lawsuits seeking statutory damages.

Date & TIme

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


Alan S. Kaplinsky
Practice Leader
Consumer Financial Services


Scott M. Pearson
Consumer Financial Services

Burt M. Rublin
Consumer Financial Services

Sarah T. Reise
Consumer Financial Services