A North Carolina Federal Court Allows A Treble Damages Claim In Employee Data-Breach Lawsuit

Alex Pearce of Ellis & Winters LLP writes:

As we have explored before, a common scam known as “W-2 phishing” can put companies in the crosshairs for data-breach lawsuits brought by their employees.

In honor of Tax Day, today’s post examines an interesting recent decision from a North Carolina federal court in one of these cases.

In that decision, called Curry v. Schletter Inc., Judge Martin Reidinger of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina handed the employees a big win: a favorable ruling on a treble damages claim brought under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1.

Read more via JDSupra. It’s actually an interesting case because the employees claimed that their employer had been negligent in not training employees to avoid phishing attacks. But read on to find out more about both sides’ arguments and how the judge decided the case.

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