Maryland federal judge says possible future injuries not enough in data breach class action

Jessica Karmasek reports:

A Maryland federal court, joining a handful of other federal courts, recently dismissed a data breach class action for lack of standing.

Judge Richard Bennett for the U.S. District Court for the District Court of Maryland nixed the putative class action brought against CareFirst Inc. and CareFirst of Maryland Inc.

The plaintiffs, Pamela Chambliss and Scott Adamson, who held health insurance issued by CareFirst, alleged various tort, negligence and statutory claims arising under Maryland law.

Specifically, they claimed CareFirst failed to adequately secure the computer hardware storing their customers’ personal information, including names, birthdates, email addresses and subscriber identification numbers.

CareFirst filed a motion to dismiss the class action. The court, after a May 19 hearing on the motion, agreed that the plaintiffs failed to allege facts sufficient to establish standing.

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