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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins
Citation:136 S.Ct. 1540, 194 L.Ed.2d 635 (2016)
Spokeo operates a people search engine. If an individual visits Spokeo’s Web site and inputs a person’s name, a phone number, or an email address, Spokeo conducts a computerized search in a wide variety of databases and provides information about the subject of the search. Spokeo performed such a search for information about Robins, and some of the information it gathered and then disseminated was incorrect. When Robins learned of these inaccuracies, he filed a complaint on his own behalf and on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals. The Ninth Circuit held that Robins had adequately alleged injury in fact, a requirement for standing under Article III of the Constitution.
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