On February 21, 2014, the Vanderbilt Law Review, with the generous support of the American Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation, hosted a symposium entitled, “The Role of Federal Law in Private Wealth Transfer.” The following ten articles and five comments by distinguished authors explore, for the first time in an analytically probing and comprehensive manner, the increasing federalization of private wealth transfer.
This Roundtable considers Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, which will be argued before the Supreme Court on November 2, 2015. In Spokeo, the Court will consider whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon plaintiffs who suffer no concrete injury by vesting them with a private right of action to enforce a statutory requirement. The case may have broad-reaching impacts upon standing doctrine because a decision for the petitioner would substantially restrict Congress's ability to provide for enforcement of statutory rights when they are not accompanied by an "injury in fact." At its heart, Spokeo is a separation-of-powers case focused on the tension between Congress’s legislative power to create rights and enforcement mechanisms and the Court’s power to define and enforce Article III’s standing requirements.