A panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed a lawsuit by car purchasers who claimed their vehicles are worth less now because they have wireless communications systems that might be hacked.
The ruling came in the case brought by Helene Cahen and Merrill Nisam, “on behalf of all others similarly situated.” It was against Toyota.
The plaintiffs sued under California’s Unfair Competition Law and others over those communications links.
The district court found, and the appeals panel affirmed, they had no standing to make a complaint.
“Standing has three elements: ‘The plaintiff must have (1) suffered an injury in fact, (2) that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct of the defendant, and (3) that