The U.S. Supreme Court  has agreed to take up the question of whether an individual has standing to sue for a technical violation of a statutory right even if he has not alleged actual harm. The High Court granted certiorari in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, a putative class action in which the plaintiff claimed that Spokeo, a website that publishes individuals’ personal information, violated his rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  The Ninth Circuit held that Spokeo’s alleged willful violation of the Act was enough to create standing, without regard to whether Robins suffered a concrete injury.  The Supreme Court’s decision will significantly affect the viability of class actions under not just FCRA, but numerous other laws creating private rights of action to sue for violations, including privacy laws such as the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, the Video Privacy Protection Act, the Cable Communications Privacy Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Should the Court affirm the Ninth Circuit, it would greatly increase the threat of class actions seeking billions of dollars in damages for technical violations of statutes, creating great pressure on companies to settle even when no one has suffered any injury.