According to Legal Newsline (1/5/15), Judge Paul A. Magnuson ruled that the class action could go ahead, although some of the claims made against Target were dismissed. The defendants had filed a motion to dismiss the class-action lawsuit.
Magnuson wrote in the 46-page ruling that the data breach was “one of the largest breaches of payment-card security in United States retail history.” The lawsuits were filed by consumers who used either their credit or debit cards at Target during the weeks in question and whose personal information was compromised.
One hundred and fourteen plaintiffs have been named in the lawsuit so far, alleging they incurred unauthorized charges, lost access to their accounts, and/or had to pay fees including card-replacement fees and costs associated with credit monitoring because of compromised personal financial information. Lawsuits have also been filed by financial institutions affected by the data breach.
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Lawsuits filed against Target allege the company failed to use reasonable security practices. The judge dismissed a claim of breach of contract against Target.
Other companies have also faced lawsuits alleging they failed to properly protect consumer information. Home Depot also faces lawsuits concerning a data breach that allegedly exposed its customers’ private information. The company also faces allegations that it did not alert consumers to the data breach in a timely manner.
The Target lawsuit is In re: Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 14-2522, in US District Court, District of Minnesota.