Appeals Court Says Some Claims May Proceed in Hannaford Data Breach Lawsuit

October 25, 2011 – In The News

Scott Vernick was quoted in this article about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruling that consumers who took proactive steps to protect themselves against fraud and identity theft in the wake of Handford Bros' 2007 data breach may seek compensation for their expenses from Hannaford.

The decision overturns an earlier decision which held that consumers could not seek compensation from Hannaford because their alleged injuries stemming from the breach were too speculative and unforeseeable.

Vernick says the ruling is noteworthy because "up until this point, many if not most courts have dismissed these consumer class actions on the basis that consumers did not have standing or the damages were too speculative."

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