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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 has ruled.

Portland, Maine: Only those customers who weren't reimbursed for fraudulent charges may sue the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain over a data breach V that exposed 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers to computer hackers, a federal judge has ruled. The decision by U.S. District Judge D. Brock Homby dismissed all but one of the civil claims brought after the data breach was revealed in March 2008. In his decision, Homby said state law allows consumers to recover damages "only if the merchant's negligence caused a direct loss to the consumer's account:' Not covered by state law, he wrote, were "collateral consequences."
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Title Annotation:Portland, Maine
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Date:May 22, 2009
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