Maine Supreme Court: Hannaford breach victims cannot sue for time and effort
Following what appears to be a pretty well-established pattern by now, Maine’s Supreme Court has dealt victims of the Hannaford Bros. breach what will likely be the final blow, telling them that they cannot sue unless they have suffered unreimbursed financial losses, physical harm or identity theft. In their opinion, they state:
We, therefore, are asked to determine whether time and effort alone, spent in a reasonable effort to avoid reasonably foreseeable harm, is a cognizable injury under Maine law of negligence or implied contract. We conclude that it is not.
You can read the full opinion and their reasoning on the Maine Supreme Court web site, here (pdf).