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Why Google & Facebook will closely watch Spokeo’s Supreme Court ruling

Why Google & Facebook will closely watch Spokeo’s Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Monday whether to nip in the bud a class action lawsuit against online search service Spokeo Inc in a case closely watched by Silicon Valley companies that face similar claims.

If the court rules for Pasadena, California-based Spokeo and finds that a consumer lawsuit cannot proceed when the plaintiff cannot show he is being harmed, it could curtail a recent wave of class action cases against online companies.

Google, Facebook, eBay and Yahoo filed court papers backing, a people search website.

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