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Month: June 2018


Scales Tipped in Favor of Article III Standing Based on Harm Already Suffered Being Fairly Traceable to Defendant

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Hutton, et al. v. National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Inc. 4th Circuit June 12, 2018 Case No. 17-1508 Class action on behalf of a group of individuals who registered to take the professional optometry licensure exam.  Groups of optometrists began to notice that fraudulent Chase credit card accounts began being opened in their names. The group determined that it was the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Inc. (NBEO), instead of American Optometric Association or other similar groups, because only the NBEO stored their social security numbers. Additionally, several of the credit cards were opened with individual class members maiden names, names that they had not used since applying with the NBEO. The Maryland District Court dismissed the complaint ruling that it did not possess subject matter jurisdiction due to the Plaintiffs’ lack of standing. The District Court concluded that the Plaintiffs had failed to sufficiently allege that they…Read More