Massachusetts sues lawyer-realtor for alleged violations of data storage, records disposal, and security breach laws
Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has sued Duxbury lawyer and real estate broker Michael Haney after approximately 120 boxes with his clients’ real estate closing files were found “waterlogged and exposed to the elements” on a former client’s property in 2014.
More than 1,200 Massachusetts residents are thought to be affected by the breach. Haney has been sued for violating state consumer protection, data disposal, and security breach laws.
Previous media coverage of the incident in July 2014 indicates that Haney, of Navigator Realty, originally denied any knowledge of the document pile. He later claimed that the files had been moved to a horse farm where they were on pallets, covered by a tarp. That version would later change, too.
There doesn’t seem to be any press release on the Attorney General’s site.