This is the third and final post in our series, “The Supreme Court Preview.” View the previous post here.
While the Court’s review of bedrock principles of class action litigation and the continuing struggle to enforce arbitration clauses in the face of hostile state law are two important topics to watch, they are not the only issues the Court will address this term. Two cases before the Court this term deal with topics that might not be at the forefront of a general counsel’s mind, but that might nonetheless change the landscape of risks that in-house counsel have to manage.
Article III Standing
Article III standing is a bedrock principle of the judicial system. Part of the standing analysis is deceptively simple: if there is no injury, there is no standing, and therefore, no right to seek relief in federal court. Spokeo looks to resolve a fundamental question on what is required to establish standing—and while not a class action case itself, it could have a major impact on the viability of certain consumer class actions.
RICO and Extraterritoriality
RICO can provide plaintiffs with a powerful tool to wield against corporate defendants. But what happens when the alleged conspiracy has little or no connection to U.S. soil? The Court is primed to answer that question this term.