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Judge to decide if Hannaford data breach should go to trial




Judge to decide if Hannaford data breach should go to trial
Judge to decide if Hannaford data breach should go to trial



http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=248452 

By TREVOR MAXWELL
Staff Writer 
Portland Press Herald
April 2, 2009

PORTLAND - A federal judge said he will decide in the next few days 
whether supermarket giant Hannaford Bros. is potentially liable for 
damages because of a data breach that exposed more than 4 million credit 
and debit card numbers to computer hackers.

Judge D. Brock Hornby heard arguments on Wednesday at U.S. District 
Court. Attorneys for Hannaford asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, 
which was filed against the Scarborough-based company last year. 
Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Hornby should certify the case as a 
class-action suit and let it proceed toward trial.

The upcoming ruling will determine whether parts or all of the suit will 
go forward.

The case boils down to a couple of central questions: To what extent are 
merchants responsible for securing the electronic data that gets 
processed with every noncash purchase, and what should the consequences 
be when that data is stolen?

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