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Consumer Wants Data Broker Lawsuit Revived

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 6, 2012

The consumer who brought a potential class-action lawsuit against data broker Spokeo is asking the court to revive his previously dismissed case. Virginia resident Thomas Robins alleged Spokeo violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act because false information on the site was hindering his job search, MediaPost reports. A U.S. district court judge dismissed the lawsuit last May, but Robins says his case should be revived even if he can't prove financial loss and claims he suffered harm "in the form of anxiety, stress and concern over Spokeo's maintenance and dissemination of inaccurate consumer reports." Critics allege Spokeo doesn't allow consumers to correct inaccuracies before it sells information about them.
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