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Balch’s Jason Tompkins Discusses Recent SCOTUS Ruling Impacting Consumer Litigation

Jason Tompkins, partner in the Birmingham office and chair of the Issues & Appeals Practice, will participate in a webinar hosted by AccountsRecovery.net on Wednesday, June 30th along with other industry leaders. The webinar will focus on the latest SCOTUS ruling and its implications for consumer finance litigation. 

In TransUnion v. Ramirez, the Supreme Court ruled that only class members concretely harmed by a statutory violation have Article III standing to seeks damages, dealing a blow to class-action plaintiffs across the country. This particular ruling is being seen as a reinforcement of the Supreme Court’s earlier ruling in Spokeo v. Robins builds on circuit-level decisions such as Trichell v. Midland Credit Management (11th Cir. 2020), which Jason argued. The Court ruled 5-4, with Justices Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett forming the majority. The Supreme Court’s edict reverses a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that said all the members of the class in this case had standing to sue.

Jason has extensive experience handling appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including serving as counsel in the United States Supreme Court. His appellate experience spans nearly every category, including consumer finance, energy, environmental, and administrative law. Much of Jason’s practice focuses on class action defense, particularly in the area of consumer finance litigation. Jason has been lead counsel on more than 60 class actions and hundreds of individual cases involving claims under the FDCPA, FCRA, and TCPA. He acts as regional and national counsel for several financial services clients who trust him to coordinate defense strategy across numerous jurisdictions—both at the trial and appellate levels. He currently chairs the ABA’s Consumer Litigation Committee and the Alabama State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section.