By TREVOR MAXWELL
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
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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