SCOTUS Case Draws Industry, Advocates’ Attention
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.October 24, 2011
Web companies and privacy advocates are weighing in on a Supreme Court case that involves the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and whether a consumer has the right to sue when no economic injury has been sustained, MediaPost News reports. Web companies including Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook and Zynga have submitted an amicus brief that states, "Permitting a lawsuit to proceed where the plaintiff has suffered no concrete, particularized, individual injury gives plaintiffs and their attorneys license to use the class-action mechanism to attempt to 'enforce' claimed widespread violations of the law." The Electronic Privacy Information Center countered in a brief that states, "Harms suffered as a result of privacy violations are difficult to quantify."