Published On: Fri, Jun 25th, 2021

Supreme Court Reduces Scope of Class Action Against Credit Agency That Falsely Implicated People as on Terrorist Watch List

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In a 5-4 ruling June 25 the Supreme Court sided with credit reporting agency TransUnion, removing most of the more than 8,000 plaintiffs from a consumer class-action lawsuit against the company, which had categorized those individuals as potential terrorists. The ruling is a defeat for the Biden administration, which had argued all 8,185 individuals in the class suffered an “informational injury” at the hands of TransUnion and therefore had standing to sue. The high court decided that 6,332 of the class members lacked standing. The opinion in TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, court file 20-297 was written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh and backed by 4 conservative justices. On the other side were Justices Clarence Thomas and the 3 liberal justices. Thomas and Justice Elena Kagan both filed separate dissenting opinions. Lead plaintiff Sergio L. Ramirez is the representative for a class-action lawsuit against the credit reporting firm TransUnion. He claimed the …

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