Sony Fails to Shake Data Breach Suit
Marisa Kendall reports:
A federal judge ruled Monday that employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. whose personal information was exposed in last year’s data breach have standing to sue even if they can’t prove that information was used by criminals.
It’s often difficult for lawyers to successfully show collective harm in data breach class actions where plaintiffs can’t prove their personal information was used by criminals. But U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California ruled plaintiffs don’t need to allege actual identity theft, saying he was satisfied with the injury they showed through money spent to monitor credit, protect passwords and freeze their credit in the aftermath of the breach.