Calif. Justices Say Nonpatrons Can Sue Websites Over Bias
Law360 (August 12, 2019, 6:43 PM EDT) — The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that consumers who visit a business’s website intending to use its services have standing to sue over allegedly biased policies that exclude them from accessing services, giving a bankruptcy attorney the green light to pursue his proposed discrimination class action against Square Inc.
In a 19-page order written by Justice Goodwin Liu, the state high court said website visitors do not need to enter an agreement with a company or make a transaction to have standing to assert discrimination claims under the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.
“We conclude that this rule applies to online…