Judge tosses most data breach claims
PORTLAND, Maine - Only those customers who weren't reimbursed for fraudulent charges may sue the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain over a data breach that exposed 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers to computer hackers, a federal judge ruled.
The decision by US District Judge D. Brock Hornby Tuesday dismissed all but one of the civil claims brought against Hannaford after the data breach was revealed in March 2008. But a separate lawsuit is still pending in Florida against Hannaford's sister company, Tampa-based Sweetbay.
Between Dec. 7, 2007, and March 10, 2008, hackers accessed card numbers used at 165 Hannaford stores in the Northeast and 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida.
At least 1,800 numbers were stolen and used for unauthorized purchases, Hannaford officials have said.